Dr. Geoffrey Pignotta

Dr. Pignotta's specialization is structural geology. His research interests revolve around the dynamics of magmatic systems and the construction and evolution of continental margin magmatic arcs and orogenic belts. The main focus of recent research has been the Sierra Nevada batholith, CA. He is also actively pursuing research projects in the North American Cordillera from Baja, Mexico to British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Pignotta's research goals for the immediate future include continuing research in the Jackass Lakes pluton, a very unique magmatic system in the Sierra Nevada Batholith which has numerous potential undergraduate research projects related to magma chamber evolution, emplacement problems, magmatic fabric development, and the structural evolution of its metavolcanic host rock.