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Robert H. Blodgett


Bob Blodgett has taught geology and environmental science at Austin Community College (ACC) since 1995.  He loves teaching and has been on the faculty of Ohio State University, Dickinson College, and Chapman University.  Bob has also taught geology at Cranbrook Institute of Science and Oakland University.  He is a Licensed Professional Geoscientist and has worked as a geologist at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Texas Water Commission, Texas Department of Health, Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, Exxon Production Research Corporation, and Shell Oil Company.  Bob is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.  He holds degrees in geology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.S.), University of Nebraska at Lincoln (M.S.), and the University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D.), and is currently a Professor of Geology and Assistant Department Chair in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at Austin Community College. Further information about Bob's background can be found in his curriculum vitae.


Courses Taught

GEOL 1301 - Natural Hazards and Disasters - Course Description  Most Recent Syllabus - Monday-Wednesday Class

                                                                                                        Most Recent Syllabus - Tuesday-Thursday Class
GEOL 1305 - Environmental Geology - Course Description  Most Recent Syllabus
GEOL 1403 - Physical Geology - Course Description  Most Recent Syllabus- Monday-Wednesday Class

                                                                                    Most Recent Syllabus- Tuesday-Thursday Class
GEOL 1404 - Historical Geology - Course Description  Most Recent Syllabus
ENVR 1301 - Introduction to Environmental Science - Course Description  Most Recent Syllabus
ENVR 1302 - Issues in Environmental Science - Course Description  Most Recent Syllabus
EPCT 2488  - Environmental Technology Internship - Course Description 

Class Schedule

Summer 2015



Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes - 1st edition

Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes - 2nd edition

Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes - Canadian edition

Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes - 2nd Canadian edition

Riesgos Naturales: Procesos de la Tierra Como Riesgos, Desastres y Catástrofes

Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes - 3rd edition

Natural Hazards: Earth's Processes as Hazards, Disasters, and Catastrophes - 4th edition

Other Books, Technical Papers, Guidebooks, Reviews and Abstracts

Curriculum vitae

Professional Activities

Two-year College Geoscience Education

Principal Investigator - Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-year Colleges (SAGE 2YC) Program

   Co-Leader - Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Geoscience Degrees and Careers workshop

   Co-Leader - Best Practices for Preparing Workforce and Transfer Students in Two-year Colleges for Geoscience Careers workshop

   Leader - Best Practices for Preparing Two-year College Students for a Geoscience Career and Transfer workshop

   Co-Leader - Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges workshop

   Co-Leader - Helping Students Succeed in Geoscience Courses at Two-Year Colleges workshop

   Leader - Approaches for Supporting Geoscience Student Success at Two-year Colleges workshop

Honorary Past President - National Association of Geoscience Teachers Geo2YC Division

Austin Community College

Project Coordinator - Edwards Aquifer Monitoring Well Project

Assistant Department Chair - Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Physical Geology Curriculum

Faculty Professional Development

Resources for Courses

GEOL 1301 - Natural Hazards and Disasters

Current Events

FEMA - Daily Situational Risk Briefing

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory

Relief Web

USGS Natural Hazards Support System

University of Wisconsin Space and Engineering Center

The BBC (RSS Feed)

General Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Emergency Preparedness and Response

NASA Earth Observatory - Natural Hazards

Natural Hazards Center - University of Colorado at Boulder

NOAA National Geophysical Data Center

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

USGS - Natural Hazards

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans - Examples


Association of Bay Governments - Earthquake and Hazards Program

Earthquake Country Alliance

Exploratorium - Faultline; Science at the Epicenter

Central United States Earthquake Consortium

FEMA - Earthquake

FEMA - Maps and Applications for Earthquake Events

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology - Teachable Moments

Southern California Earthquake Center

University of California at Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

US Insurance Net - Home Preparedness: What to do in an Earthquake

USGS - National Earthquake Information Center


International Tsunami Information Center

National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program

NOAA Center for Tsunami Research

NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

NOAA- Tsunami

University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences

USGS - Tsunami and Earthquake Research at the USGS


Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Web site/RSS feed

USGS Volcano Hazards Program
USGS Volcano Observatories
Volcano World


City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

FEMA - Maps and Applications for Flood Events

National Weather Service - Flood Safety

U.S. Geological Survey

USGS Water Watch
The Flood Observatory 

Mass Wasting

Dave's Landslide Blog

Natural Resources Canada - Recent Landslides

USGS Landslide Hazards Program


Harris Galveston Subsidence District

USGS Office of Ground Water

Soil Hazards

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists

Colorado Geological Survey

Hazardous Weather

FEMA - Maps and Applictions for Hurricane Events

FEMA - Maps and Applications for Tornado Events          

Hurricanes: Science and Society

National Hurricane Center

National Weather Service

National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center
Weather Underground - Dr. Jeff Masters Blog

Coastal Hazards

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

National Hurricane Center Storm Surge Overview

NOAA Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts GIS Viewer

Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines

Texas General Land Office

Climate and Climate Change

Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

Drought Portal - National Integrated Drought Information Center

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center


InciWeb - Wildfire Incident Information System

National Interagency Coordination Center                       

U.S. Geological Survey - GeoMac Wildland Fire Support

U.S. Geological Survey - Satellite Applications for Fire Science


Impact Earth

NASA Near-Earth Object Program

University of New Brunswick - Planetary and Space Science Centre

GEOL 1403 - Physical Geology

Careers for Geoscientists video

The Math You Need When You Need It tutorials

Topographic Map Exercise: Austin West Quadrangle

GIS Topographic Map Symbol Review Exercise: Austin East Quadrangle

GEOL 1404 - Historical Geology

Ron Blakey's Paleogeographic Maps

Resources for Geology and Environmental Science Majors


Geoscience Career Videos and Webinars

Geoscience Career Web Pages

Internships - U.S. and Central Texas

Internships - Northeastern U.S.

Professional Organizations for Women and Minorities

SAGE 2YC Program - Workforce, Transfer, and Careers

Geoscience Societies and Government Agencies 

Austin Geological Society

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

American Geosciences Institute

Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologist - AEG

Geological Society of America

NASA Science

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

U.S. Environmental Protection Agengy - Surf Your Watershed

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey in Texas

Resources for Teaching

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students - DeafTEC - ClassAct

Neurodiverse students - College of William & Mary - The Neurodiversity Initiative


Questions?  Contact Bob Blodgett at rblodget  at         ACC Home Page        Environmental Science and Technology Program Home Page        Geology Program Home Page
Last Updated 6/1/15
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