Dr. Scott Burns


 Scott Burns

Dr. Scott Burns 

Phone: 503.725.3389
Fax: 503.725.3025


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Geology, 1980.
  • M.S. Stanford University, Physical Science, 1970.
  • B.S. Stanford University, Chemistry, 1969.
Courses Taught:
  • G200 Field Trip to the Columbia Gorge
  • G200 Field Trip to the Oregon Coast
  • G200 Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens
  • G200 Field Trip to Mt. St. Helens South Side
  • G201 Physical Geology I
  • G202 Physical Geology II 
  • G301 Geology for Engineers
  • G344U Geology of the National Parks 
  • G460/560 Morphology and Genesis of Soils
  • G461/561 Environmental Geology
  • G470/570 Engineering Geology
  • G571/671 Case Histories in Engineering Geology
  • G474/574 Geomorphology 
Research Interests:

Environmental geology, soils, landslides, engineering geology, quaternary geology, terroir of wines, Missoula Floods.

Research Themes:
  • landslide hazard mapping
  • terroir of Oregon, Swiss and Chilean wines
  • alpine soil development
  • radon distribution
  • heavy metals and trace elements in soils
  • landslide threshold initiation
  • debris flow initiation
Extracurricular Activities: 

Community service, gardening, rotary, basketball, golf, skiing, hiking, travel, guest talks.

Special posting November 29, 2010:

Scott Burns on what causes landslides: