Dr. Steven Gordon
Associate Professor of Geosciences
Steve Gordon earned the B.A. (Geography) and B.S. (Environmental Science) degrees from Rutgers University. He earned the M.A. and Ph.D in Geography from Arizona State University. Steve is an Associate Professor at the United States Air Force Academy, where he has served on the faculty since 1999. His peers voted him the “Outstanding Academy Educator” for the 2000-2001 Academic Year. His research and teaching interests are in physical geography and geomorphology (weathering of basalts) and Geographic Information Analysis.
Ph.D., Geography, Arizona State University (1999)
Master of Arts, Geography, Arizona State University (1996)
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Rutgers University – Cook College (1993)
Bachelor of Arts, Geography, Rutgers University – Cook College (1993)
Director of Geosciences, Department of Economics and Geosciences, United States Air Force Academy (2016-2018)
Associate Professor, Department of Economics and Geosciences, United States Air Force Academy (2005-present)
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics and Geosciences, United States Air Force Academy (1999-2005)
Honors & Awards
Geosciences Core Instructor of the Year, Department of Economics and Geosciences, United States Air Force Academy (2012)
Claiborn Award for Writing Excellence, Department of Economics and Geosciences, United States Air Force Academy (2011)
Outstanding Core Geography Instructor (2004)
Outstanding Academy Educator, Department of Economics and Geosciences, United States Air Force Academy (2002)
Research and Scholarly Interests
Boundary Layer Climatology
Weathering of Basaltic Materials
Geography of Beer and Brewing
Dorn, R.I., Gordon, S.J., Allen, C.D., Cerveny, N., Dixon, J.C., Groom, K.M., Hall, K. Harrison, E., Mol., L., Paradise, T.R., Sumner, P., Thompson, T., and A.V. Turkington (2013). The role of fieldwork in rock decay research: Case studies from the fringe. Geomorphology 200: 59-74.
Dorn, R.I., Gordon, S., Krinsley, D., and Langworthy, K. (2013). Nanoscale: mineral weathering boundary. In: Shroder, J. (Editor in Chief), Pope, G.A. (Eds), Treatise on Geomorphology. Academic Press, San Diego, CA, vol 4, pp.: 44-69.
Dorn, R.I., Whitley, D.S, Cerveny, N.V., Gordon, S.J., Allen, C., and E. Gutbrod (2008). The Rock Art Stability Index: A New Strategy for Maximizing the Sustainability of Rock Art as a Heritage Resource. Heritage Management 1(1): 37-70.
Cerveny, N.V., Dorn, R.I., Gordon, S.J. and Whitley, D.S. (2007) Atlas of Petroglyph Weathering Forms used in the Rock Art Stability Index (RASI). http://alliance.la.asu.edu/rockart/stabilityindex/RASIAtlas.html (last update March 10, 2007).
Cerveny, N.V., Allen, C., Gutbrod, E., Gibson, S., Dorn, R.I., Gordon, S.J. and Whitley, D.S. (2007) Overview of the Rock Art Stability Index. http://alliance.la.asu.edu/rockart/stabilityindex/RASI_Overview.html
Gordon, S.J. (2005). A quantitative assessment of the effects of environmental factors and organic activity on the rate of chemical weathering of plagioclase, Hawaii, USA. Physical Geography 26(1):69-84.
Gordon, S.J., and Dorn, R.I. (2005). In situ weathering rind erosion. Geomorphology 67(1-2):97-113.
Gordon, S.J., and Dorn, R.I. (2005). Localized weathering agents: Importance for theoretical and applied studies. The Professional Geographer 57(1):28-43.
Gordon, S.J., and Dorn, R.I. (2003). Weathering rinds, in Encyclopedia of Geomorphology, ed. A.S. Goudie, Routledge: London, p.853-855.
Gordon, S.J., and Brady, P.V. (2002). In situ determination of long-term basaltic glass dissolution in the unsaturated zone. Chemical Geology 190(1-4):115-124.
Paradise, T. R., P. J. Beyer, S. Gordon, and G. Pope. (1999). Fieldtrip Guide: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Big Island of Hawai'i. Association of American Geographers and University of Hawai'i at Hilo Publication, Hilo, Hawaii