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, Sacramento, CA 9581

Office Hours: Please email for appointment

Personal Website: : www.kburmeister.com

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 Volcanic Arcs: 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

  • Geoscience Education: Field safety leadership & the effect of cognitive loads on field safety; Sense of place as a tool for deepening student connections with locations; Three- and four-dimensional spatial relationships; Geologic mapping, cross section construction, and field methods

Recent Publications

  • Egger, A., Atchison, C., Burmeister, K.C., Rademacher, L., Ryker, K., and Tikoff, B., 2021, Invited contribution –Teaching with Online Field Experiences: New resources by the community, for the community: National Association of Geoscience Teachers, In the Trenches, v.11, n.1. [Link]

  • Burmeister, K.C., 2020, Seven strategies for success at field camp, GSA Today, v. 30, n. 5-6., p. 56. [Link]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • †Indicates student co-author


Recent Conference Presentations

  • Petterson, R., Burmeister, K.C., Atchison, C.L., Skinner, S.M., Jones, A.D., and †Finley, J.M., 2021, Virtual Field Trips as a tool for reducing anxieties and refocusing cognitive loads during in-person field activities: presented at 2021 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA

  • Burmeister, K.C., Petterson, R., Skinner, S.M., and Jones, A.D., 2021, Virtual post-activity walkthroughs - using virtual field trips to provide students with meaningful feedback and opportunities for reflection on in-person geologic exercises: presented at 2021 AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans, LA [Video]

  • Rademacher, L.K., Burmeister, K.C., Ryker, K., Atchison, C.L., Egger, A.E., Shipley, T., and Tikoff, B., 2021, The lasting impacts of the COVID pandemic on teaching and learning without the field: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol 53, No. 6, doi: 10.1130/abs/2021AM-368918

  • 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, ED018-02

  • 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 [Link] [Poster]

  • 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. Vol 52, No. 6, doi: 10.1130/abs/2020AM-356539

  • 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. Vol 52, No. 6, doi: 10.1130/abs/2020AM-358097

  • 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, DOI: 10.1130/abs/2020AM-358012. [Video]

  •  †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. Vol 52, No. 6, doi: 10.1130/abs/2020AM-357499

  • †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. Vol 52, No. 6, doi: 10.1130/abs/2020AM-355853

Professional Associations

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

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

Curriculum Vitae

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


- Personal website: www.kburmeister.com
- YouTube: Burmeister Lab
- Instagram (personal): StrainShadowDesigns
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