Dr. Scott Burns earned his MS from Stanford University in 1970, and earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1980. His research interests include environmental geology, soils, landslides, engineering geology, Quaternary geology, radon, hazard mapping, terroir of wines, and the Missoula Floods.
Dr. Burns joined the PSU Geology faculty in 1990, bringing with him 20 years of teaching experience. He has taught classes in subjects such as engineering geology, morphology and genesis of soils, and surficial processes. He also developed classes in urban geology, landslide analysis, environmental geology, and advanced engineering geology, among others.
Dr. Burns is past national president of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) and vice president of the the international sister of the US group, IAEG. He was recently featured on Earthsky.org talking about the causes of landslides. His latest book is titled Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods published by Ooligan Press.