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Northwest Missouri State University

C. Renee Sparks

C. Renee Sparks



1374 Garrett-Strong


660.562.1055 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2000



  • Ph.D. Geology; University of Kansas, 2001
  • M.S. Geology; Kansas State University, 1994
  • B.S. Geology; Kansas State University, 1992

Courses Taught

  • Mineralogy
  • Petrology
  • Geochemistry
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Field Methods
  • Field Trip
  • Senior Seminar
  • General Earth Science and Lab
  • General Geology and Lab

Academic Interests

  • Geochronology in Midcontinent North America
  • St. Francois Mountains - petrology and tectonics
  • Petrology of the Absaroka Volcanic province
  • Mineralogy of meteorites
  • Mineralogy of Tolsona mud volcanoes

Scholarly Activity

  • Rohs, C.R., 2011, Departmental change in tenure and promotion process - getting down to specifics in tenure and promotion documents, CUR Quarterly, Summer 2011 Issue.
  • Rohs, C.R. and Johnson, A.W., 2010, Field geology of the British Isles: Combining faculty and student research with course development opportunities to create an international geology field course: GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 42, No. 5.
  • Johnson, A.W. and Rohs, C.R., 2010, Assessing the effect of international field experiences on learning in the geosciences: GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 42, No. 5.
  • Aldieri, M., Johnson, A. W. and Rohs, C. R., 2010, Petrology of the non-felsic rocks associated with the Silvermines Granite. GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 2. Undergraduate Research Project
  • Bulen, Casey L. and Rohs, C.R., 2010, Mineralogical analyses of samples from the Buchan metamorphic series near Banff, Scotland GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 2. Undergraduate Research Project
  • Courter, Sara. J. and Rohs, C.R., 2010, Petrology of volcanoclastic rocks in the Wiggins Formation, Southern Absaraoka Range, Wyoming GSA Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 2. Undergraduate Research Project
  • Bennett, J. and Rohs, C.R., 2009, Comparison of Archean gneisses in northern Wisconsin along the southern margin of the Superior Craton, GSA Abstracts with Programs Vol. 41, No. 4. Undergraduate Research Project
  • Rohs, C. R., 2008, Art meets science. Forum on Public Policy. Submitted September 2007, Accepted January 2008.
  • Rohs, C.R. and W.R. Van Schmus, 2007, Isotopic connections between basement rocks exposed in the St. Francois Mountains and the Arbuckle Mountains, southern mid-continent, North America. International Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 96, p. 599-611.
  • Barnes, M.A., Rohs, C.R., Anthony, E.Y., Van Schmus, W.R., and Denison, R.E., 1999. Isotopic and elemental chemistry of subsurface Precambrian igneous rocks, west Texas and eastern New Mexico, Rocky Mountain Geology, v. 34, n. 2, p.245-262.

Student Group Advisement

  • Geo-Club, Faculty sponsor; 2011-present, 2001-2003
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Earth Science Honor Society), Faculty sponsor; 2003-2006

Other Professional Experiences

  • Geological Society of America Member
  • Association of Missouri Geologists Member
  • Field Geology of the British Isles: Study abroad course to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland