Emeritus Professor

Cordley 1030
Bob Lillie - Natural and Cultural History Interpretation


Geophysics; Tectonics; Public Interpretation, Geology of National Parks.

Research Interests

Structure and evolution of collisional mountain ranges; Presenting geology to the public in parks, museums, and other free-choice learning environments.


BS Geology 1975, University of Louisiana - Lafayette
MS Geophysics 1977, Oregon State University
PhD Geophysics 1984, Cornell University


GEO 307 - National Park Geology and Preservation
GEO 464/564 - Geoscience Interpretation

Graduate Students

Kelly, Wendy, MS, 2011, Cycles of Life and Landscape: Interpreting the Geological Foundation of Shenandoah National Park, 307 pp.

Kenworthy, Jason, MS, 2010, Changing Landscape, Climate, and Life During the Age of Mammals: Interpreting Paleontology, Evolving Ecosystems, and Climate Change in the Cenozoic Fossil Parks, 222 pp.

Dunham, Sarah, MS, 2008, Interpreting geology in Yosemite National Park, California: A monument to strong granite, powerful glaciers, and the perseverance of life, 174 pp.

Truitt, Kimberly, MS, 2006, Interpreting a Weird and Scenic Landscape to Park Visitors: Tectonic and Volcanic Processes of Craters of the Moon National Monumant and Preserve, Idaho, 105 pp.

Natoli, Jenifer, MS, 2004, Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Awaking the Visiting Public's Curiosity of Geology via Interpreta-tion at Redwood National and State Parks, 141 pp.

Ashton, Rebecca, MS, 2003, A Dynamic Landscape Formed by the Power of Volcanoes: Geology Training Manual for Interpreters at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 131 pp.

Wagner, Stacy, MS, 2002, Grand Canyon National Park Geology Training Manual, 184 pp.

Williams, Jonathan, MS, 2000, Reconstructing Northern Alaska: Crustal-Scale Evolution of the central Brooks Range, 92 pp.

Green, Robyn, MAIS, 1998, Mount Mazama and Crater Lake: A Study of the Botanical and Human Responses to a Geologic Event, 124 pp.

Powers, Peter, MS, 1997, Structure and Shortening of the Kangra and Dehra Dun Reentrants, Sub-Himalaya, India, 66 pp.

Enos, Robert, MS, 1992, Changes in Gravity Anomalies During Erosion and Isostatic Rebound of Collisional Mountain Ranges, 161 pp.

Khurshid, Akbar, MS, 1991, Crustal Structure of the Sulaiman Range, Pakistan, from Gravity Data, 56 pp.

Jaswal, Tariq, MS, 1990, Structure and Evolution of the Dhurnal Oilfield, North Potwar Deformed Zone, Pakistan, 62 pp.

Humayon, Mansoor, MS, 1990, Structural Interpretation of the Eastern Sulaiman Foldbelt and Foredeep, Pakistan, 63 pp.

Pennock, Edward, MS, 1988, Structural Interpretation of Seismic Reflection Data from the Eastern Salt Range and Potwar Plateau, Pakistan, 78 pp.

Leathers, Michael, MS, 1987, Balanced Structural Cross Section of the Western Salt Range and Potwar Plateau, Pakistan: Deformation near the Strike-Slip Terminus of an Overthrust Sheet, 270 pp.

Baker, Dan, MS, 1987, Evolution, Shortening, and Deformation Style of the Central Salt Range and Potwar Plateau, Pakistan, 120 pp.

Duroy, Yannick, MS, 1986, Subsurface Densities and Lithospheric Flexure of the Himalayan Foreland in Pakistan, Interpreted from Gravity Data, 76 pp.

Jaume, Steven, MS, 1986, The Mechanics of the Salt Range-Potwar Plateau, Pakistan: Qualitative and Quantitative Aspects of a Fold-and-Thrust Belt Underlain by Evaporites, 58 pp.

Geology Interpretive Manuals Developed for National Parks:

Grand Canyon National Park (Stacy Wagner Timmons, 2002)

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve (Kim Truitt, 2006)

Olympic National Park (2000)

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument (1999)

Gulf Islands National Seashore (1999)

Blue Ridge Parkway (1999)


Lillie, R. J., A. Mathis, and R. Riolo, Geology: A Living Stage of Our Past, Present, and Future, Legacy, National Association for Interpretation, p. 8-11, January/February, 2011.

Dunham, S. E., and R. J. Lillie, Interpreting Geology in Yosemite National Park: A Monument to Strong Granite, Powerful Glaciers, and the Perseverance of Life, 58 pp., 2009.

Lillie, R.J., J. Kenworthy, S. de Silva, E. Bishop, J. Roddey, N. Hunter and S. Burns, 2009, Oregon: 150 Years of Statehood: 150 Million Years in the Making, Oregon Historical Society: Exhibits at Oregon State Capitol Building.

Truitt, K., and R. J. Lillie, Interpreting a Weird and Scenic Landscape to Park Visitors: Tectonic and Volcanic Processes of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho, 38 pp., 2007.

Natoli, J. A., and R. J. Lillie, Shake, Rattle and Roll – Awaking the Public’s Curiosity of Geology via Interpretation: A Geology Training Manual for Redwood National and State Parks, California, 64 pp., 2006.

Lillie, R.J., 2005, Parks and Plates: The Geology of Our National Parks, Monuments, and Seashores, New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 298 pp.

Sperner, B., I. Dumitru, and R. J. Lillie, 2004, Slab behavior and its surface expression: New insights from gravity modelling in the southeast Carpathians, Tectonophysics, v. 383, p. 51-84.

Lillie, R. J., Fun with Food! Plate tectonics and our national parks, The Oregon Science Teacher, v. 47, p. 6-10, 2005.

Lillie, R. J., Fun with food! Volcanoes in our national parks, The Oregon Science Teacher, v. 46, No. 2, p. 3-7, 2004.

Lillie, R.J., 1999, Whole Earth Geophysics: An Introductory Textbook for Geologists and Geophysicists, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice Hall, Inc., 361 pp.