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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Dept. of Earth and
Ocean Sciences
Lane Hall, Room 003A
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3494
Fax: 617.627.3584
Email Prof. Reuss

Bert Reuss
Associate Professor Emeritus
Igneous Petrology

A.B. 1965 Ohio-Wesleyan University
M.S. 1967 University of Michigan
Ph.D. 1969 University of Michigan

Courses Taught
Among other courses, I most frequently taught:

  • The Dynamic Earth
  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Petrographic and X-Ray Analysis
  • Geological Applications of SEM Analysis

Research Interests

My research interests center around petrographic and scanning electron microscope analyses of igneous and metamorphic assemblages as well as the general geology of the Tufts Medford campus area. Of particular interest are the timing of metamorphic crystallization to intrusion and structural deformation as revealed by textural and chemical signatures, the interaction of plutons with their wall rocks, and pyrite framboid development in Recent foramnifora and late Precambrian sedimentary rocks.

SEM image of a rolled garnet in a mica schist.

Student research projects have involved SEM studies of Egyptian pottery, inclusion-wall rock interactions in skarns, varve deposits, saltwater marsh diatoms, solution-redeposition in galena, possible trace fossils in Precambrian sediments, and the history of the Blue Hills Porphyry/ Pondville Conglomerate contact.

I am also working on developing new teaching methods including demonstrations for recrystallization, volcanic eruptions, structural deformation, and a semester-long integrated approach for teaching Historical Geology/Paleontology.