Dr. Michael Cummings earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978. His long-term research interests are centered around quandrangle mapping of the middle Miocene rift systems of eastern Oregon. He is particularly interested in the relations among statigraphic (volcanic and sedimentary), structural, and thermal evolution of these systems. The approach is multidisciplinary and includes geochemical, geophysical, mineralogical, paleontological, and structural studies.
Dr. Cummings teaches courses in the areas of clay mineralogy, fluid/rock interactions, volcanic stratigraphy, and regional geology, among others.