About Patricia Wood Dickerson

Pat Dickerson's research in rifts and mountain chains of the world, including doctoral studies (University of Texas-Austin) in the Big Bend of West Texas, has provided opportunities for wide-ranging field explorations: the Rocky Mountains, Rio Grande Rift, Iceland, Norway, the Cordillera of western North America, Mexico, Belize, Argentine Precordillera, Appalachian chain from the Canadian Maritimes through West Texas, and the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Pat draws from those investigations in astronaut crew training, in academic teaching, and in leading natural history field seminars for students, professional scientists, and nonscientists. The interplay among landscape, geological processes, and human activities is a long-standing fascination (bachelor's degree in geology and classical archaeology). Pat collaborates with NASA on field training to prepare for lunar and Martian exploration and serves on task forces to develop scientific strategies for exploring Mars. She has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys in the northern Rockies, the American Southwest, Iceland, Costa Rica, and Newfoundland/Labrador, and leads geology field trips for professionals and lay people alike.

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