Eldridge M. Moores

Eldridge M. Moores

Eldridge Moores (B.S. (with honor) Caltech 1959, Ph.D. Princeton 1963, D.Sc. (honorary) College of Wooster 1994) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Geology at UC Davis (he has been a faculty member there since 1966).  He is a tectonicist/structural geologist.  He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications including several books, focusing mostly on (1) ophiolites (fragments of oceanic crust and mantle preserved in mountain belts); (2) the tectonics of California and neighboring regions; (3) tectonics of mountain ranges around the world; (4) Precambrian tectonics; and (5) public awareness of geology.  He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Geological Society of America, an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London, and a Member of the American Geophysical Union.  He received the first Geological Association of Canada Medal in 1994, was 1996 President of the Geological Society of America, and  2004-2008 Vice President of the International Union of Geological Sciences  A UC Davis student resident hall is named for him.  Moores was prominently featured in New Yorker writer John McPhee's best-selling book Assembling California (1993), and as part of the McPhee's Pulitzer Prize-winning Annals of the Former World (1999).

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