Teaching and Research

My research and teaching interests encompass the fields of structural geology, tectonics and field geology. My students and I are investigating geological processes that control the development of convergent, divergent and transform plate boundaries, orogenic belts, and regional-scale fault zones. A common theme involves examining interactions and feedbacks that develop among deformation, metamorphism, magmatism and plate motions at different depths in the crust and in a wide variety of tectonic settings. Areas of study have included New Zealand, Australia, Patagonia, southeast Alaska, British Columbia, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Bhutan Himalaya and, of course, Vermont.

As a field-based geologist, one of my primary activities involves conducting geological expeditions to mountainous regions of the globe with my students. This includes many areas of Vermont, which hosts a wonderful array of geological features that are accessible within only a few minutes drive of the University campus. These features provide exciting possibilities for incorporating research experience and hands-on geological projects into my courses GEOL 101 (Field Geology), GEOL 260 (Structural Geology), GEOL 273 (Geology of the Appalachians) among others. For more information on research projects and courses, please visit the web sites listed on this page.


Recent Publications

  • Huntington, K.W., and Klepeis, K.A., with 66 community contributors, 2018, Challenges and opportunities for research in tectonics: Understanding deformation and the processes that link Earth systems, from geologic time to human time. A community vision document submitted to the U.S. National Science Foundation. University of Washington, 84 pp.,
  • ┬áKlepeis, Keith, A., Joshua Schwartz, Harold Stowell and Andrew Tulloch, 2016, Gneiss domes, vertical and horizontal mass transfer, and the initiation of extension in the hot lower-crustal root of a continental arc, Fiordland, New Zealand, Lithosphere, L490,
  • Kearey, P., Klepeis, K.A. & Vine, F., 2009, Global Tectonics, third edition, Wiley-Blackwell, John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, UK, 482 pp.
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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Structural geology, tectonics and field geology


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 1993


  • (802) 656-0247
Office Location:

Delehanty Hall, Room 308

Office Hours:

by appointment

  1. Keith's website