MBMG Staff

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Colleen Elliott
Associate Research Geologist

Professional Experience

2008Present, Associate Research Professor, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana Tech of University of Montana

20052008, Director of Clark Fork Watershed Education Program, Science Education Outreach, Montana Tech of University of Montana

20042005, Visiting Lecturer, McGill and Concordia Universities, Montreal, Canada

19972007, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological Engineering, Montana Tech Assistant

19931996, Assistant Professor, Geology, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

1992, Visiting Academic, Swiss National University (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland

19861992, Consultant Geologist, Mineral Exploration, Canada & Australia

19881991, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

19871988, Research Associate & Lecturer, University of New Brunswick, Canada



Ph.D.Geology, University of New Brunswick, Canada: Structural Geology and Tectonics

B.Sc.Geology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

P.G.Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists


Professional Memberships

Geological Society of America

Tobacco Root Geological Society

National Association of Geology Teachers

National Science Teachers Association


Professional Interests

Geologic mapping

Structural geology and tectonics

Deformation at the waning stages of contractional tectonism

Deformation in unlithified and poorly lithified sediments

Intra-cratonic deformation




Selected Outside Publications

Lonn, J. and Elliott, C.G. 2011 Cretaceous synorogenic and Eocene post-orogenic extension in the Sevier hinterland, southwestern Montana, Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Section, Abstracts with Programs, Logan UT.

Lonn, J. and Elliott, C.G. 2010  A walking tour of the Eocene Anaconda detachment fault on Stucky Ridge near Anaconda, Montana. In Cox, B.E. & Gibson, R.I. (eds.) The Anaconda Area and other papers, 35th annual field conference, Northwest Geology v. 39, pp. 81-90.

Elliott, C.G. and Griffin, J. 2006. Combining K-12 Education and Research in the nation’s largest contiguous Superfund site – the upper Clark Fork watershed, Montana.  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 38, No. 7, p. 30.

Berger, A. and Elliott, C.G. 2004.  Synchronous extension and contraction in the Anaconda Metamorphic Complex.  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 36, No. 4.

Elliott, C.G. 2003.  Review: Lives of a Biologist.  The Montana Professor, 13: 21-22.

White, J.C., Bleeker, W., Elliott, C.G., Lin, S. & van Staal, C.R. 2001. Special Issue on Evolution of Structure in Deforming Rocks.  Journal of Structural Geology 23:834-844.