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Dr. Kenneth R. Neuhauser

Professor of Geology
Co-Director, Geology Field Camp
Expertise: Geology

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

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

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

 1993 Pilot Award Recipient

Professional Memberships

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

Current Research 

Currently being updated . . .

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.

 Dr.KenNeuhauser - specimen identification


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