Earth and Ocean Sciences

Dr. Michael Smith

Professor of Geology

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Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-3496; Fax: 910 962-7077
email:,Personal Webpage

Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Ph.D. Washington University, 1990

Dr. Smith teaches GLY 120 Environmental Geology, GLY 201 Mineralogy, GLY 402 Advanced (often called Obstacle) Mineralogy, GLY 470 Field Course in Geology, GLY 513 Advanced Igneous Petrology, and GLY 572 Geochemistry.

Research Interests:
Michael Smith's academic research ranges from the study of mid-Proterozoic crustal rocks in west Greenland to the 2.2 Ma old volcanic rocks of the upper Yellowstone Valley to the petrography and provenance of historic and prehistoric ceramic sherds. Other research interests include the technological and geological history of the gold mining rush(es) in the southeastern United States from 1799 to 1864 with Dr. M. Elizabeth Hines and the sometimes erratic development of the North Carolina Geological surveys. For entertainment, he is continuing the tracing of the William Alonzo Allen family history (author of the"Sheep Eaters" and "Adventures with Indians and Game, or Twenty Years in the Rocky Mountains") as well as working with the Rothschild Archives and the Ceramic Petrology working group (British Museum) on the sources (e.g., Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Mexico, or Peru) and the elusive movement of quicksilver (mercury) to the gold mining operations in the American South.