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Brian F. Gootee
Research Geologist

ATTN: Brian F. Gootee
1955 East Sixth Street
PO Box 210184
Tucson, AZ 85721

Phone: 520-621-2470
Fax: 520-621-2508



  • B.S. and M.S., Arizona State University
  • B.S. Program, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • R.G. State of Arizona, No. 40161
  • Wilderness First Responder

Current Projects

  • Quaternary geologic and geomorphic mapping
  • Basin analysis throughout Arizona
  • Landslide hazard mapping
  • Selected outreach projects

Research Interests

  • Geologic and geomorphic mapping throughout Arizona
  • Outreach and education on geology of the southwest
  • Water resource characterization
  • Structural evolution of Arizona
  • Geologic evolution of the Grand Canyon
  • Colorado and Salt River fluvial history and evolution
  • Quaternary climate change
  • Global Eolian distribution and processes
  • Glacial landforms and processes
  • Cambrian sequence stratigraphy of Antarctica


Brian has 20 years of experience in the fields of geology, hydrogeology, and environmental geology in the Southwest, Texas, Alaska, and Antarctica. He received his M.S. and B.S. in geology from Arizona State University. Brian currently specializes in basin analysis, Quaternary geomorphology, and Geoscience outreach throughout Arizona. Brian has also several years of experience as an adjunct professor with Mesa Community College and currently teaches field-based geology classes with Scottsdale Community College. He also was the lead instructor for the NASA Mars Education Program at ASU to mentor national K-14 science teams to research Mars. He continues to teach natural history backcountry courses with the Grand Canyon Field Institute. Brian’s first 10 years of experience as a hydrogeologist with the USGS, city governments, mining companies and private consulting firms has created a foundation for his ultimate goals in geology: to study, to educate, and to apply the Geosciences in our world. Brian is an avid hiker and enjoys Arizona astronomy, wood- and silver-smithing, and Bar-B-Q.


The Marcus Landslide, by Brian F. Gootee

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