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Eric M. Riggs
Eric M. Riggs
(979) 845-6529
Halbouty 309

Department of Geology & Geophysics

MS 3115 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-3115


Pomona College 1989 - B.A. English Literature

Pasadena City College 1991-1992 - Geology

Indiana University 1995 - Advanced field geology – G429

University of California at Riverside 2000 - Ph.D. Geological Sciences


Purdue University, Excellence in Research “Seeds for Success” Award, November 2012

Purdue University, College of Science Leadership Award, 2010-2011

Bighorn Basin Field Award – Geologic Society of America and ExxonMobil 5/2009

Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award – SDSU Mortar Board, 2002

GEOL 210 - Geological Communication

GEOL 311 - Principles of Geological Writing

Eric M. Riggs

Associate Professor
Teaching, learning and cognition in the geosciences

Research Interests

Research Focus

The Riggs Group studies many related aspects of teaching, learning and cognition in the geosciences.  Our primary research is in understanding how people learn, visualize and solve geologic problems in complex geological settings, including petroleum and sedimentary systems, structural geology, and geoscience education in international or cross-cultural learning situations.  Inquiries for graduate studies in this interdisciplinary area are always welcome.

Current Grants

GSE/RES Collaborative Research: Recruitment and Retention of Women in Geosciences: An Investigation of Individual and Environmental Factors, PI: Julie Sexton, Co-PIs: Kevin Pugh, Eric Riggs,  National Science Foundation, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering, NSF-HRD 1136238

Collaborative Research: Diversity and Innovation for Geosciences in Texas (DIG TEXAS) - an Alliance for Earth Science Literacy, PI: Kathy Ellins, Co-PIs: Eric Riggs, Laura Serpa, Deana Pennington,  National Science Foundation, Geoscience Education, NSF-OCE 1202745

Collaborative Research: Integrated Training for Continental Ecology (ITCE): Bridging scales and systems with isotopes, PI: Gabe Bowen, Co-PIs: James Ehleringer, Thure Cerling, Eric Riggs, Christopher Miller, National Science Foundation, Macrosystem Biology, NSF-EF  1137302

Selected Publications

Kristen St. John, Eric Riggs, and Dave Mogk (2016) Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Geoscience Faculty and Researchers to Respond. Journal of Geoscience Education: November 2016, Vol. 64, No. 4, pp. 255-257. doi:

Balliet, R.N., Riggs, E.M., and Maltese A.V., 2015, Students’ Problem Solving Approaches for Initiating and Developing Geologic Models in the Field, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, special issue on Disciplinary-Based Post Secondary-Education Research 52(8), DOI: 10.1002/tea.21236

National Research Council: Committee on Trends and Opportunities in Federal Earth Science Education and Workforce Development (member and co-author), 2013, Preparing the Next Generation of Earth Scientists: An Examination of Federal Education and Training Programs, NRC Report #18369

Herrera, J.S. and Riggs, E.M., 2013, Relating Gestures and Speech: An Analysis of Students’ Conceptions About Geological Sedimentary Processes, International Journal Science Education, DOI:10.1080/09500693.2013.775609

Herrera, J.S. and Riggs, E.M., 2013, Identifying Students’ Conceptions of Basic Principles in Sequence Stratigraphy, Journal of Geoscience Education, 61(1), pp. 89-102. DOI: 10.5408/12-290.1

Maltese, A.V, R.N. Balliet, and E.M. Riggs, 2013, Through their eyes: Tracking the eye gaze of students in a geology field course, Journal of Geoscience Education 61(1), 81–88, DOI: 10.5408/11-263.

Unsworth, S.J., E.M. Riggs and M. Chavez, 2012, Creating pathways toward geoscience education for Native American youth: The importance of cultural relevance and identity, Journal of Geoscience Education, V60, N4, November, pg. 384

Quardokus, K., S. Lasher-Trapp,  and E.M. Riggs, 2012, A Successful Introduction of Authentic Research Early in an Undergraduate Atmospheric Science Program, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, V93, N11, November, pg. 1641, DOI:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00061.1

Alles, M. and Riggs, E.M., 2011, Developing A Process Model for Visual Penetrative Ability, in Feig, A. and Stokes, A., eds. Qualitative Inquiry in Geoscience Education Research: Geological Society of America Special Paper474, p. 63-80

Riggs, E.M., R.N. Balliet, Lieder, C.L, 2009, Effectiveness in Problem Solving During Geologic Field Examinations: Insights from Analysis of GPS Tracks at Variable Time Scales, invited paper: in Whitmeyer, S.J., Mogk, D.W., and Pyle, E.J., eds, Field Geology Education: Historical Perspectives and Modern Approaches: Geological Society of America Special Paper 461, p. 323-340

Riggs, E.M., C.C. Lieder, and R.N. Balliet, 2009, Geologic Problem Solving in the Field: Analysis of Field Navigation and Mapping by Advanced Undergraduates, Journal of Geoscience Education,  V57, N1 (January)

Riggs, E.M., Robbins, E.I., and Darner, R,  2007,  Sharing the Land: Attracting Native American Students to the Geosciences – Special Edition on Broadening Participation in the Earth Sciences, Journal of Geoscience Education, V.55, N. 6,  478-485

Riggs, E.M., and Alexander, C.J., 2007, Broadening Participation in the Earth Sciences (editorial) – Special Edition on Broadening Participation in the Earth Sciences, Journal of Geoscience Education, V.55, N. 6,  445-446

Riggs, E.M., 2005, “Field-Based Education and Indigenous Knowledge: Essential Components of Geoscience Education for Native American Communities”, Science Education, V89, 296–313

Riggs, E.M. and H.W. Green, II, 2005, “A New Class of Microstructures Which Lead to Transformation-Induced Faulting in Magnesium Germanate”, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, B03202-B03217

Riggs, E.M., 1998, "Toward an Understanding of the Roles of Scientific, Traditional, and Spiritual Knowledge in our "Demon-Haunted World", American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 22:213-226

Additional Information

2013 – 2016

American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

President-Elect – President (2014/15) - Past President

2007 – 2011              

American Geological Institute Government Affairs & Policy Committee 

2005 – 2009              

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

2nd & 1st Vice President - President (2007-2008) - Past-President

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