Speaking of Maps: Dave Tucker
Dave Tucker, Research Associate in geology at Western Washington University, will discuss how he wrote a geology guide designed for people who are interested in geology but who may have little experience or training in the topic. His talk “Writing a Peoples' Natural History Guidebook: Geology Underfoot in Western Washington,” will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 in the Map Collection (Wilson Library 170). The presentation is free and open to the public.
Geology Underfoot in Western Washington, published by Mountain Press Publishing, is described by Tucker as a “get-out-of-the-car-and-put-your-hands-on-the-rock sort of guide book,” packed with introductory geologic descriptions, color photographs and diagrams. Included are field trips to places of local renown and interest, such as Artists Point, Larrabee State Park, and a tour of Western's Geology Museum in the hallways of the Environmental Studies Building.
A resident of Bellingham, Tucker has a Masters degree in geology from Western and is a research associate in the Geology Department. He is a director of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research at the active volcano and educate the public about volcanic hazards of Mount Baker.
Tucker mapped the distribution of volcanic ash deposits from past eruptions at Mount Baker, and studied other volcanic rocks in the North Cascades. He leads public field trips and gives presentations about the geology of northwest Washington, and is author of a popular blog, Northwest Geology Field Trips: http://nwgeology.wordpress.com/.
This special talk is being offered as a “Speaking of Maps” program, which are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life. These talks are held in Western Libraries Map Collection, which is open Mon. - Fri. from 11am to 3pm.