Teaching Faculty, Environmental Science & Policy
University of Montana, MS Geology
University of Mary Washington, BS Geology
About Professor Burtis:
For the last 15 years, I’ve worked as a full-time faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College. I received my masters in geology from the University of Montana, and prior to that worked for several years as a field geologist in the environmental industry.
My research interests pertain to structural geology and focus on tectonic rift basin structure and petrology within the framework of post rift compressional processes. This work utilizes unique basin petrology, depositional sequences, and geochronology of igneous and metamorphic events in reconstructing historic tectonic plate positions, including those associated with the Neoproterozoic supercontinent Rodinia. In addition, I am interested in a multidisciplinary approach to geoscience education and communicating the connections among various disciplines to better explain our understanding of Earth, its history, current events, and our (humans) role in managing resources of all types.