Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Kurtis C. Burmeister, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor

Office Location: 1010 Placer Hall

Email: k.burmeister@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.5635

Mailing Address: CSUS Dept Geology, 6000 J Street MS 6043, Sacramento, CA 9581

Office Hours: Wednesday 12-3 PM (online in Fall 2020)

Research Interests

  • Convergent systems: evolution of structural styles and strain partitioning in active and ancient convergent margins

  • Rock fabrics: analysis of penetrative strain and anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) fabrics as tools for resolving deformation histories; quantifying relationships among primary (deposition/compaction), tectonic strain, and magnetic fabrics

  • Sierra Nevadan Metamoprhic Roof Pendants: resolving the geologic evolution of the Sierra Nevadan Jurassic volcanic arc through geology mapping, grain- and macroscopic -scale rock fabric analysis, paleomagnetic analyses, and geochemistry


  • Giorgis, S.D., Horsman, E., Burmeister, K.C., †Rost, R., †Herbert, L., †Pivarunas, A., and †Braunagel, M., 2019, Paleomagnetic constraints on emplacement rates of intrusions in the shallow crust: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 46, DOI: doi.org/10.1029/2019GL084025 [Link to article]

  • Börk, K., and Burmeister, K.C., 2019, Cases and places: a field-based approach to teaching natural resources and environmental law: Journal of Legal Education, v. 68, n. 2., p. 338-356. DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3253986 [Link to article]

  • Ferré, E.C., Gébelin, A., Till, J.L., Sassier, C., Burmeister, K.C., 2014, Deformation and magnetic fabrics in ductile shear zones: A review: Tectonophysics, v. 629, p. 179-188, DOI: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.04.008 [Link to article]

  • Hayman, N.W., Burmeister, K.C., Kawamura, K., Anma, R., and Yamada, Y., 2011, Submarine Outcrop Evidence for Transpressional Deformation Within the Nankai Accretionary Prism, Tenryu Canyon, Japan, IN Ogawa, Y. et al. (eds.), Accretionary Prisms and Convergent Margin Tectonics in the Northwest Pacific Basin; Modern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences, Springer, vol. 8, p. 197-214, DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-8885-7-10. [Link to article]

  • Kawamura, K., Kanamatsu, T., Kinoshita, M., Saito, S., Shibata, T., Fujino, K., Misawa, A., and Burmeister, K.C., 2009, Redistribution of Sediments by Submarine Landslides on the Eastern Nankai Accretionary Prism: D.C. Mosher et al. (eds.), Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Vol 28, p. 313-322, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-3071-9. [Link to article]

  • Burmeister, K.C., Harrison, M.J., Marshak, S., Ferré, E.C., †Bannister, R.A., and Kodama, K.P., 2009, Comparison of Fry strain ellipse and AMS ellipsoid trends to tectonic fabric trends in very low-strain sandstone of the Appalachian fold–thrust belt: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 31, n. 9, p. 1028-1038, DOI: 10.1016/j.jsg.2009.03.010 [Link to article]

  • Werner, D. and Burmeister, K.C., 2007, An overview of the history and economic geology of the natural cement industry at Rosendale; Ulster County, New York: Journal of ASTM International, Special Issue of on North American Natural Cement, v. 4, n. 6, DOI: 10.1520/JAI100672 [Link to article]

  • Burmeister, K.C., J.J. Flynn, J.M. Parrish, and A.R. Wyss., 2006, Paleogeographic and biostratigraphic implications of new early Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrate fossils from Poamay, central Morondava Basin, Madagascar: In Harris et al. (eds.) The Triassic-Jurassic terrestrial transition. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, v. 37, p. 457-475. [Link to article]

  • Sylvester, A.G., Burmeister, K.C., and Wise, W.S., 2002, Faulting and effects of associated shaking at Pisgah Crater Volcano caused by the 16 October 1999 Hector Mine earthquake (Mw 7.1), central Mohave Desert, California: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 92, p. 1333-1340, DOI: 10.1785/0120000921. [Link to article]

  • †Indicates student co-author



  • Atchison, C.L., Burmeister, K.C., Egger, A.E., Rademacher, L.K., Ryker, K., and Tikoff, B., 2020, COVID-19: kick-starting a community-driven effort to build inclusive and accessible field experiences: presented at 2020 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 7-11 Dec

  • Burmeister, K.C., Bohacs, K.M., Atchison, C.L., Rademacher, L.K., Riggs, E.M., Wu, J., and †McKay, J., 2020, The need for a SAFER system for quantifying risk to physical, intellectual, and emotional health faced by geoscientists in the field: presented at 2020 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, CA, 7-11 Dec

  • Rademacher, L.K., Ryker, K., Shipley, T.T., Burmeister, K.C., and Atchison, C.L., Tikoff, B., Egger, A.E., 2020, How well did it work? The Transition to Online Field Camps in the Summer of COVID-19: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs

  • Hollister, R.J., Burmeister, K.C., Giorgis, S.D., and Warner, N.H., 2020, A refined photogrammetry workflow for consistently high-resolution virtual 3D models of geologic specimens shared on Sketchfab: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.

  •  Burmeister, K.C., Atchison, C.L., Egger, A.E., Rademacher, L.K., Ryker, K., and Tikoff, B., 2020, Meeting the challenge - how the geoscience community provided robust online capstone experiences in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.

  •  †Meghani, N.A., †Jones, A.D., †Thurston, O., Christie, M., Gran, K.B., Stewart, M.A., and Burmeister, K.C., 2020, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at the Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp - COVID-19 restrictions lead to a new accessible capstone experience for students: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.

  • †Wu, C., Nittrouer, J., and Burmeister, K.C., 2020, Assessing stratigraphic evidence of backwater hydrodynamics using paleohydraulic reconstruction, stratigraphic inversion, and morphodynamic modeling: an example from the Tullig Sandstone, Western Irish Namurian Basin, Co. Clare, Ireland: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs.

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Professional Associations

  • Research: Geological Society of America (Structure and Tectonics and History of Geology Divisions), American Geophysical Union

  • Education and Outreach: Capitol Science Communicators (CapSciComm), Sigma Gamma Epsilon, National Association for Geoscience Teachers, Northern California Geological Society, National Center for Science Education, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • Diversity: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Human Rights Campaign


  • PhD, Geology, University of Illinois, 2005
  • MA, Paleontology, UC Santa Barbara, 2000
  • BA, Biology, UC Santa Barbara, 1996

Courses I Teach

  • GEOL 8 - Earth Science
  • GEOL 10 - Physical Geology
  • GEOL 111A - Field Geology