Greg Pope, PhD
Dr. Pope is an associate professor in Earth and Environmental Studies at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He has Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Geography from Arizona State University, and a double Geography and Geology bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Growing up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains naturally led to a fascination with geology and physical geography, mostly self-taught before college. Like many geographers and geologists, he “fell into” the major in college more or less by accident, discovered the many opportunities available, and decided to pursue graduate school and the chance to become a teacher and researcher. Graduate studies involved plenty of field work in the Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, and Pacific Coast pertaining to landscape evolution and soils. To support his existence as a starving grad student, he found work with several CRM companies in Arizona, learning the trade of practical archaeology. His appointment to Montclair State in 1996 provided opportunity for varied research experiences: how ancient and historic stone monuments and architecture deteriorate over time; how rock art can be dated and protected; how soils tell a detailed story about climate change over millennia; and how ancient human societies impact their environments. The common theme in these pursuits is the integration of holistic earth sciences with human dimensions. He is published widely in journals such as Geoarchaeology, American Indian Rock Art, Antiquity, The Professional Geographer and Geomorphology, and has numerous presentations at international conferences, many involving student coauthors. His research work is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and he works with colleagues in Portugal, China, Northern Ireland, and throughout the United States. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity (ASMOSIA), the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Geomorphology and Paleoenvironment specialty groups, and the Geoarchaeology division of the Geological Society of America (GSA).