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Physical Geology > Curricula Vitae


Dr. Cheryl L. Metz


Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Ph.D.; Geology

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Graduate Studies Geology                                                                                              

The University of Texas at the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas

Masters of Science; Geology.                                                                                                              

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Bachelor of Arts; Geology.


Professor, Blinn College, Bryan Texas (8/20/03 – present) (full-time position) / Geology Department Coordinator (8/1/11 - 8/31/14)

Teaching: Introduction to Physical Geology, Historical Geology, and Oceanography; each is a four credit hour lecture and laboratory course containing 32 students per section. Courses are supplemented with additional information that includes lab handouts, lecture notes, exam review sheets and websites that are available on the Web Based Ecampus site. A field trip to a local Eocene rock outcrop and fossil site is arranged for the students if weather permits.  

Other duties include serving as Lead Physical Geology Instructor, member of the Blinn Critical Incident Responce Team (CIRT), and Current Faculty Senate President; serving on committees as needed.


Adjunct Professor, Cy-Fair College, Fairbanks Center, Lone Star College District, Houston, Texas (6/1/02  - 5/15/03)

Taught a four credit hour Introduction to Physical Geology, lecture and lab course. Responsible for course curriculum, and the initial set-up of the geology lab at FairbanksCenterincluding the ordering of supplies and review of textbooks. Nominated for Adjunct Excellence Award, Spring 2003.


Adjunct Professor and Tutor, Kingwood College, Lone Star Community College District, Kingwood,Texas (1/15/02 - 5/15/02)

Taught four credit hour Introduction of Physical Geology lecture and lab course. Additional duties included tutoring physical geology students at the college’s AcademicSupportCenter.


National Park Ranger (Interpretation) Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, New Mexico (12/98-2/99, 5/97-9/97, 6/96-11/96)

Developed and presented formal talks on various aspects of cave and park geology, informal talks on cave geology, park biology, geology, and history, and answered visitor’s questions. Guided off-trail (spelunking) tours within Carlsbad Caverns and Slaughter Canyon Cave. Developed and implemented a geologic training program for interpretive park staff. Revised visitor desk protocol for Ranger SOP Manual, and the geology section of the park’s Ranger Handbook. Wrote geologic history article for The Capitan Reef, a visitor newspaper distributed by Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. 


Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University,College Station,Texas (1/94-5/94, 9/92-5/93, 1/92-5/92, 8/89-5/90)

Instructed both undergraduate physical geology labs (2 semesters) and historical geology labs (4 semesters). Lab project developed for historical lab on researching geologic literature resulted in a publication in Journal of Geologic Education. Led field trips to local fossil collection sites for the historical geology, and served as substitute lecturer for faculty members as needed. Advised and screened new labs for the departmental written historical geology lab manual. Assisted in administering and grading lecture exams for historical geology.


Teaching Assistant, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa,Texas (1/86 – 4/86)

Taught an undergraduate sedimentology lab, was responsible for developing, preparing and grading the laboratory assignments, lab used both quantitative and descriptive approaches in addressing problems and features of sedimentology.




Metz, Cheryl L., 2010, Tectonic control on the genesis and distribution of Late Cretaceous, Western Interior Basin hydrocarbon-seep mounds (Tepee Buttes) of North America; The Journal of Geology, Vol. 118, p. 201-213.

Raymond, Anne and Metz, Cheryl, 2004, Ice and its consequences: Glaciation in the Late Ordovician, Late Devonian, Pennsylvanian-Permian, and Cenozoic compared; The Journal of Geology, Vol. 112, No. 6, p. 655-670.

Raymond, Anne and Metz, Cheryl, 1995, Laurussian land-plant diversity during the Silurian and Devonian: Mass Extinction, sampling bias, or both?; Paleobiology, Vol. 21, No. 1, p. 74-91.

Metz, Cheryl L. and Harder, Vickie M., 1993, The annotated bibliography as an introduction to geology and library research at the entry level; Journal of Geological Education, 1993, V. 41, p. 1-2.

Metz, Cheryl L., and Bednarski, Sheila P., 1985, Chondrites in the distal delta-front sandstones of the Upper Cretaceous San Carlos Formation, Presidio County, Texas; West Texas Geological Society Publication 85-81, p. 205-206.


Select Abstracts:

Hendricks, Jennifer K. Gong Jian, JONES, Page, HSIUNG, Shih-yi, TAO, Kai, Metz, Cheryl L., Raymond, Anne, and Pope, Michael C., 2011, Depositional Models for  the Tepee Buttes Methane Seeps – Zoned and Conical, or Flat and Patchy?; Geological Society of America Abstract with Program, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 95.

Julson, Amanda P., Metz, Cheryl L., Dubbs, Kathy, Mosely, John, and Goll, Irina, 2010, Greater than the Sum of the Parts: Geological Society of America Abstract with Program, Vol. 42, No. 5 p. 157.

Metz, Cheryl L. 2005, The paleobiogeography of the Late Cretaceous, Western Interior Basin cold-seep mounds (Tepee Buttes) of North America and possible factors controlling their distribution: 3rd International Hydrothermal Vent and Seep Symposium, La Jolla, California, p. 102. Poster available at:

Metz, Cheryl L., 2002, Late Cretaceous, Western Interior Basin cold-seep mounds (Tepee Buttes): geographic, stratigraphic, and age distribution in North America; Workshop on Cretaceous Climate and Ocean Dynamics, Program-Abstracts-Field Guide, p. 57

Metz, Cheryl L., 2002, Ancient hydrocarbon emission sites, North America Western Interior Cretaceous Basin cold-seep mounds (Tepee Buttes): Geographic, stratigraphic, and age distribution; American Association of Petroleum Geologist Abstracts with Programs, p. A120.

Metz, Cheryl L., 1995, Sequence stratigraphy of the upper Ojinaga and San Carlos Formations, Late Santonian to Campanian, Sierra Vieja Region of Western Texas; American Association of Petroleum Geologist Abstracts with Program, Vol. 4, p. 65-66.

Raymond, Anne and Metz, Cheryl, 1992, Land plants and the Frasnian-Famenian extinction event; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Program 1992, p. 271.

Raymond, Anne and Metz, Cheryl, 1992, Vascular land plant diversity in a biogeographic context; in Lidgard, S. and Crane, P. R. (Eds.), Fifth North American Paleontological Convention Abstracts and Program, The Paleontological Society Special Publ., No. 6, p. 241.

Metz, Cheryl L., 1992, Sedimentologic and stratigraphic events in the upper Ojinaga and San Carlos Formations (Upper Cretaceous), Presidio County, Texas; Mesozoic of the Western Interior, SEPM 1992 Theme Meeting Abstracts with Program 1992, p. 47.