Dr. Jonathan M. Husch received his doctorate in geology from Princeton University in 1982 and currently holds the rank of Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences. A member of the Rider faculty since 1980, he was appointed GEMS Chair in 2006. Jon's Ph.D. dissertation was a comprehensive study of the petrogenesis and evolution of Palaeozoic anorthosites and related rocks associated with subvolcanic ring complexes, Air Massif, Republic of Niger. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Rider, Jon has been a faculty member at the Princeton-Penn-YBRA Geology Field Camp in Red Lodge, Montana. Jon also was a Visiting Research Scientist at Rutgers University where he continued with his ongoing research project on the geochemistry, mineralogy, and petrogenesis of Early Jurassic diabase in the Newark Basin of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jon and his students have co-authored numerous papers and presentations on this topic and also on the petrogenesis of Late Archean amphibolites from southwest Montana, and the ICP analysis of trace metals in marine, lacustrine, and other environmental samples, particularly those associated with numerous research projects focusing on the Delaware River Watershed. In addition, Jon is part of a research group that is investigating various aspects of the geology of Mars; he spent a fall 2012 research sabbatical working on this ongoing and exciting project. Jon also has been involved with research and equipment grants from the NSF and NASA worth more than $500,000 and was part of a faculty/staff group that helped bring a state-of-the-art Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) with associated microanalytical detectors to Rider in 2015.
Jon was the Rider University NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative from 1996 until 2011 and was extremely involved in a wide variety of athletic issues, activities, and projects on campus. He also recently served a two-year term on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Science Advisory Board. Jon represented Rider University as a member of the 2001 People to People Delegation to Cuba on Women in Sports and he has traveled recently to Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Iceland, Panama, and Peru as part of his team teaching for Rider's unique Nature's Business course. In addition, Jon has been honored for his teaching excellence by being selected for inclusion in the 2002 and 2007 editions of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" and for his ongoing and outstanding service to Rider University by being awarded the 2005 Frank N. Elliot Award for Distinguished Service. Finally, in recognition of his many years of teaching excellence and dedication to the principles and values of a Liberal Arts and Sciences education, Jon was selected as the 2015 Honorary Faculty Inductee into the Rider School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Society.
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Primary Teaching Responsibilities
- Environmental Geology
- Elements of Mineralogy
- Petrology and Petrography
- Nature's Business: Belize; Costa Rica; Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands; Iceland; Panama; Peru
- Earth Materials and Processes Lab
Selected Publication Titles and Sources
- Mineralogical and anthropogenic controls of stream water chemistry in salted watersheds. Journal of Applied Geochemistry.
- Distinguishing between bomb sags and dropstones on Mars with implications for Gusev and Gale Craters. American Geophysical Union.
- A Martian case study of segmenting images automatically for granulometry and sedimentology, Part 1: Algorithm and Part 2: Assessment. Icarus.
- Na/Cl molar ratio changes during a salting cycle and its application to the estimation of sodium retention in salted watersheds. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.
- Soil mineral structural water loss during LOI analyses: Impact on organic matter content determinations. Canadian Journal of Soil Science.
- Changes in the impervious surface area, flood frequency, and water chemistry within the Delaware River Basin during the past 50 years: Initial results. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Hydroscience and Engineering (ICHE-2006).
- Centennial Lake watershed restoration, protection, and environmental education, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
- Geochemistry and petrogenesis of Early Jurassic diabase from the central Newark basin of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Geological Society of America Special Paper.
- The Palisades sill: Origin of the olivine zone by separate magmatic injection rather than gravity settling. Geology.
- Geology and major element geochemistry of anorthositic rocks associated with Paleozoic hypabyssal ring complexes, Air Massif, Niger, West Africa. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.