Teaching and Research
I've been a member of the UVM faculty since 1993, teaching a variety of courses spanning both surface processes and hard rock fields. I currently teach Environmental Geology, Glacial Geology, and a graduate class, Vermont Field Geology. I also teach Introductory Geology and, every few years, the Department's Regional Geology summer field class where I lead field trips to Colorado.
My summers include mapping the surficial geology of selected areas of Vermont to decipher the deglaciation history of this portion of New England. I'm particularly interested in the hydrology of glaciers and the resulting erosional and depositional processes occurring in both bedrock and surficial materials at the base of glaciers. I also enjoy deciphering glaciotectonic structures in materials overridden by the last ice sheet to better understand the deformational processes occurring there. I frequently work with undergraduate students on these projects, along with colleagues at the Vermont State Geological Survey.
Recent Publications and Presentations
Wright, S.F., 2011, Ice retreat across the Green Mountain foothills: Bolton and Jericho, Vermont; in West, D.P., ed., Guidebook for Field Trips in Vermont and Adjacent New York; New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference, 103rd Annual Meeting, pp. A2 1–18.
Wright, S.F., 2012, Subglacial drainage, glacial lake history, and subsequent stream incision history, Miller Brook Valley, Northern Vermont; Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts w. Programs, Vol. 44, p. 51.
Cronauer, S. and Wright, S.F., 2012, Miller Brook incision history, Northern Vermont; Geol. Soc. Am. Abstracts w. Programs, Vol. 44, p. 50.
Wright, S.F., 2009, Ice flow, subglacial hydrology, and glacial lake history, northern Vermont, in Westerman, D.S., ed., New England Intercollegiate Geologic Field Conference Guidebook, A4-1 - A4-27.
Springston, G.E. and Wright, S.F., 2009, Surficial Geology of Charlotte, Vermont, Geologic Map, Cross-sections, and report; Vermont Geological Survey, Waterbury, Vermont.
Wright, S.F., 2003, Surficial Geology of the Burlington and Colchester 7.5-minute Quadrangles, northern Vermont, Geologic maps, cross-sections, and report; Vermont Geological Survey, Waterbury Vermont.
Larsen, F.D., Wright, S.F., Springston, G.E., Dunn, R.K., 2003, Glacial, late-glacial, and post-glacial history of central Vermont; Guidebook for the 66th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Friends of the Pleistocene, 62 pp.
- B.S. in Geology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, 1978.
- M.S. in Geology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1985.
- Ph.D. in Geology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1988.