Field Camp Instructors

Field Camp Director:

Field Camp Director Jochen Mezger

Dr. Jochen Mezger

Assistant Term Professor of Geology; 308a Reichardt, Phone: (907) 474-7809, Email:

Dr. Mezger obtained a PhD in Geology (1997) from the University of Alberta (Canada), studying metamorphic rocks around Kluane Lake in the SW Yukon. Following a post-doc at the Johannes-Gutenberg University Mainz and a teaching position at the Martin-Luther University Halle, both in Germany, Jochen accepted a position as Field Camp Director at UAF in 2013.

Aside from the Geology Field Camp, he is also teaching Mineralogy (Geos F213), Field & Computer Methods (Geos F225), Tectonics (Geos F309), Structural Geology (Geos F314) and organizes the Geoscience Seminar (Geos F482/682).

Jochen is a structural and metamorphic geologist whose research focuses on strongly deformed and metamorphosed rocks. His favourite rocks are mylonites and staurolite-cordierite schists. Until he came to Alaska, he spent a lot of time hiking the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain collecting as many schist and gneiss samples as possible. In Alaska he discovered that also fossils can enjoy deformation! If you want to know more about his work, have a look at his Research Gate page.


Dr. Paul McCarthy

Professor of Geology; Phone: (907) 474-6894,

Dr. McCarthy is a sedimentologist whose research focusses on paleolandscape evolution, alluvial architecture and nonmarine sequence stratigraphy. Paul will expertly guide you through the sediments of the Healy project (Field Camp Part 1).


Dr. Michael (Mike) Whalen

Professor of Geology; Phone: (907) 474-5302, Email:

Dr. Whalen is a sedimentologist who studies carbonate and organic rich rocks to gain insights into correlation and timing of geologic events. Mike will teach you how to record and describe stratigraphic sections during the Limestone Gap mapping project (Field Camp Part 2).





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