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Dr. Ken Neuhauser

Professor of Geology
Director, Geology Field Camp

Office: Tomanek Hall, 243
Phone: 785-628-5349
Fax: 785-628-5389
Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background | Courses Taught | Research Interests & Specializations | Current Research
Recent Publications | Awards Received | Professional Memberships | Service Activities | Personal Interest

"Come sit by the campfire, enjoy the glowing sunset, and let's chat about the Earth."

 Educational Background

Ph.D.    Geology    1973    University of South Carolina- Columbia    
M.S.     Geology    1971    University of South Carolina - Columbia    
B.S.      Geology    1969    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Geology and Lab
  • Physical Geology & Lab
  • Environmental Geology
  • Field Trips in Geology
  • Structural Geology & Lab
  • Geologic Field Methods
  • Applied Geophysics & Lab
  • Depositional Environments
  • Geology Field Camp

 Research Interests and Specializations

Structural Geology
Applied Environmental Geophysics
Surficial Geological Mapping
Depositional Environments
Environmental Geology
Geophysical Prospecting in Archaeology

Recent Publications

Neuhauser, K.R. 2015, Using spectral reflectance in undergraduate geology research at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas: Kansas Academy of Science, 147th Annual Meeting, Pittsburg State University, Programs with Abstracts.

Neuhauser, K.R. and K.J. Neuhauser, 2014, Magnetometer surveys: Attempts and issues in locating a 1948 private water well on the shore of Lac Sault Dor, Price County, Wisconsin: The Compass - Journal of Earth Sciences Sigma Gamma Epsilon, v. 86 (3).

Neuhauser, K.R., and D.J. Redetzke, 2014 An applied geophysical detection of subsequent mitigation of an abandoned well casing penetrating the Permian Hutchinson Salt at an undisclosed Kansas Salt Mine: The Compass - Journal of Earth Sciences Sigma Gamma Epsilon, V. 84 (4).

Neuhauser, K.R., L. Bradshaw, E. Fink, A. Harris, D. Hoffman, T. Kleweno, J.Lyle, K.J. Neuhauser, K. Seaton, and J. Staab, 2013, Magnetometer survey: Billy Dixon 'Whiskey Ranch' Archeological Site, Ellis County, Kansas: 2013 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, Colorado.

Neuhauser, K.R., 2011, On teaching a totally blind student physical and historical geology, 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition: Minneapolis, MN, Geoscience Education III - Broadening Participation in the Geosciences through Access, Accommodation, and Inclusion - Technical Session #70: Program with Abstracts, p. 176 (October 9-12, 2011)

Neuhauser, KR., 2009, An electrical resistivity survey of small private cemetery, Lincoln County, Kansas: Transaction of the Kansas Academy of Sciences, v. 112, n. 1-2, p. 15-21.

Merriam, D.F., and Neuhauser, K.R., 2009, Seismite indicates Pleistocene earthquake activity in Ellis County, Kansas: Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, v. 112, n. 1-2, p. 109-112.

Neuhauser K.R., 2008. A depositional environment interpretation of the Love Ranch volcanic ash deposit in northwestern Ellis County, Kansas: Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, manuscript, v. 111, no.3-4, p. 239-250.

Awards Received

 1993 Pilot Award Recipient

 1999 President's Distinguished Scholar - "The Power of Thought"
 "Dr. Kenneth R. Neuhauser, professor of geosciences, received the eleventh President’s Distinguished Scholar Award. Neuhauser received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he holds a master of sciences in geology and a Ph. D. in geology, both from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. He came to FHSU in 1980 from Radford University in Radford, VA. He had directed the FHSU Field Geology Camp where students from through-out the United States work onsite using the tools and procedures of the trained geologist. Neuhauser has also been instrumental in developing the Geographic Information System (GIS) program, having chaired the first three GIS theses. He was involved in using GIS to map Osborne County. His research involves integrative field studies, computer and remote-sensing mapping, applied environmental geophysics, structural kinematics, and environmental projects in Hays as well as elsewhere in Kansas, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. He received the Pilot Award in 1993. He was chaired the annual meeting of Kansas Academy of Sciences. Neuhauser was born in Phillips, WI. During summers as an undergraduate, he was a forest planner and field foreman for the Wisconsin Department of Forestry as well as a soils analyst and field geologist for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He duties included air photography and field work. Neuhauser has received numerous grants for research in mineral resources, structural geology, applied geophysics, surface mapping, and computer applications." - excerpted from the President's Distinguished Scholar publication

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of America
  • Kansas Academy of Science
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Current Research 


 One of the key elements in my accepting a teaching position at Fort Hays State University was the opportunity to teach Geology Field Camp. This course is a capstone course the professional bachelor of sciences degree in geology. Emphasis is on field projects which focus on all the undergraduate core geology courses. As this course has evolved over the past 30 years, I have incorporated new technology involving local, state, federal agency-related projects into the traditional requirement for the camp. For example, students in the 1999 Field Camp conducted a magnetometer survey over Upheaval Dome in Canyonlands National Monument in Utah, and involved United States Geological Survey and park officials. The purpose was to obtain data to support one of two theories, salt diapirism or meteor impact, for the Dome. In another project, at Dinosaur National Monument, students integrated remote sensing imaging using Landsat data to enhance their surface air photo mapping. Students were involved in a dinosaur excavation project at Field Camp (2001-2004) which culminated in the construction of a dinosaur display in Tomanek Hall - a "testimonial" excavated by, prepared by, and constructed by FHSU students.

Grants have provided many unique experiences for research in mineral resources, structural geology, applied geophysics, geological mapping, spectral reflectance analyses, and archaeology. I was involved in the Kansas Geological Surveys State County Mapping Program from 1985-2006 and produced maps of Ellis, Ness, and Osborne counties with undergraduate and graduate students. I have also included students in my research in geophysical investigations looking for buried toxic waste at archeological sites such as Historic Fort Hays, as well as in geologic mapping projects in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Kansas. Other mapping projects have involved mapping various structural styles in Utah, Colorado, and Kansas. I was also involved in the State of Kansas GIS Strategic Planning process in the mid-1990s as a Docking Institute Fellow.
Further research involved GIS projects on the City of Hays landfill volume/life expectancy, remote sensing focusing on targeting impervious surfaces for property parcels in Hays, Kansas, as well as on sink hole subsidence surveying along Interstate 70 in Kansas.

Other research: depositional environment of volcanic ash quarry in NW Ellis Co.; remote sensing/GIS in searching for an 1880s sunken steam-powered boat - Big Creek; targeting bodies in a private cemetery in Ellsworth Co., KS; strain partitioning analysis regarding rotation of Colorado Plateau; geophysical surveys over a number of cemeteries, brine spills, buried gasoline tanks, toxic industrial spills, a 1930s prohibition buried still site, old buried water wells, a suspect meteor impact site, targeting old water lines on Hays Municipal Golf Course, targeting crashed WWII B-29 crashes, nechroglyphic ichnofossils, and lebbenspurren.

My research varies in as many geological disciplines as possible as long as it remains fun, challenging, and is useful in my main "research" area - - teaching.

 Personal Interests

  • Golf
  • Photography
  • Cribbage
  • Bicycling
  • Lapidary
  • Archaeology
  • Hiking

 Dr.KenNeuhauser - specimen identification


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