John W. Bell
John W. Bell

Research Professor
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno

Business telephone: (775) 784-1939
Fax: (775) 784-1709



1964 Naperville Community High School, Naperville, Illinois
1968 Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, B.A., Geology
1968-69, 1972-74 Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona,
 M.S. Geology
Environmental Geology of Fairbanks, Alaska Troy L. Péwé,


Areas of Expertise

Quaternary geology: alluvial stratigraphy and desert
Engineering geology: urban geology, groundwater and land subsidence
Paleoseismology: seismic hazards
InSAR Laboratory


Professional Work Experience

1968 Geologic field assistant, Kennecott Copper Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah
First job as a geologist; learned field geology in the Bingham Copper Pit

1972–1974 Geologist (WAE), US Geological Survey, Alaskan Geology Branch
Temp job with USGS supported my thesis

1974–1976 Geologist, Ertec, Consulting Geologists and Engineers, Long Beach, California
Quaternary field geology of nuclear power plant sites in Arizona and California

1976–present Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada,
Tenured as academic faculty in 1981
Promoted to Rank IV Research Professor in 1988



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