Charles C. Plummer

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Significant Background Information

BORN: Mexico, D.F., Mexico,

EDUCATION: American High School in Mexico City, 1955
A.B. Dartmouth College, 1959
M.S. University of Washington, 1964
Ph.D. University of Washington, 1969

MILITARY SERVICE:
1960-62, active duty in U. S. Army, 1st Lt., Artillery, Airborne. Service in Korea (1st Cavalry Division) and U.S.



FAMILY:
Married (in 2002) to Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Strasser, Ph.D.
Sons from former marriage: Charlie, born 1975. Brian, born 1977.
Son that Beth had adopted: Dustin, born 1996

EXPERIENCE:

1958 (Summer) Ice Island T-3, Arctic Ocean--field assistant on an International Geophysical Year Project to study ice-surface morphology.

1959 Battle Range Expedition--mountaineering expedition to a previously unexplored region in British Columbia.

1960 Consultant on snow sculptures for VIII Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley, California (under Walt Disney).

1963 (Summer) Field work for M.S. thesis, Mount Index area, Washington Cascades.

1964 (Summer) Mining exploration geologist, Bonanza Gold, Inc. Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.

1964-66 Anvers Island, Antarctica--glaciologist and geologist on U.S. Antarctic Research Program's first wintering-over party at Palmer Station. Employed by Ohio State University Institute for Polar Studies.

1966-68 (Summers) Field work for Ph.D. dissertation, Chiwaukum Mountains,Washington Cascades.

1967(Summer) Mt. Logan Expedition--first ascent of the Caternary Ridge of Mt. Logan, Yukon Territory, Canada.

1967-69 Geology Instructor, Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington.

1969, 1970 (Summers) Mountain guide and climbing instructor, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

1969-70 Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey. Geologic investigation of the Lassiter Coast mountain ranges, Antarctica.

1970-2003 Geology Department, California State University, Sacramento.

1970-74 Assistant Professor

1974-80 Associate Professor

1975-78 Chairman, Geology Department (3 year term)

1980- Professor

1986-90 Chairman, Geology Department

1998-2003 Professor Emeritus. Taught half a year.

2003 Retired


1971 (Summer) Member of American Geological Institute's International Field Institute, Spain. (Six week geologic tour of Spain.)

1973 (Summer) Wyoming Peruvian Expedition. Participated as a geologist and climber in expedition to the Cordillera Blanca, Peruvian Andes. Ascent of Chinchey, over 20,000 feet above sea level.

1979 (Summer) Geologist, WGM, Inc. Mineral exploration (mostly for uranium) in Alaska.

1981-82 Principal Investigator and leader, New Zealand, Australian and American geologic field party to the USARP Mountains, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica.

1982 Sabbatical leave spent at the Department of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Oxford, England.

2001 Trek in Nepal, Himalaya

OTHER:

U.S. Antarctic Service Medal (3 times).

Citation for outstanding service (in the US Geologic Survey) by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Walter Hickel (1970).

Glacier in Antarctica named after me by U.S. Board on Geographic Names.


Organized and lead travel-study tour of the Island of Hawaii (1977-78)

Private pilot license (1988).

Geology resource person on cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage and back for Regency Cruises (1993).

Geologist and Antarctic specialist on World Discoverer cruises to Chile, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Antarctica (1995).

Open water SCUBA certification (2000)

INTERESTS:

Skiing, mountaineering, cooking, beer making, photography, flying, music.

NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS:

Plummer, C.C., 1964: Geology of the Mount Index area, Washington Cascades: M.S. Thesis, University of Washington, Seattle.

Plummer, C.C., 1969: Geology of the crystalline rocks, Chiwaukum Mountains and vicinity, Washington Cascades: Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, Seattle.

Williams, P.L., D.L. Schmidt, C.C. Plummer and L.E. Brown, 1972: Geology of the Lassiter Coast Area, Antarctic Peninsula: APreliminary Report: in Adie, R.M., ed., Antarctic Geology and Geophysics: Oslo, Universitetsforlaget, p. 143-148.

Plummer, C.C., 1974: Mudflow in the Quebrada Honda, Peruvian Andes, triggered by the May 31, 1970 earthquake: Geolological Society of America Abstracts with Programs v. 6, n. 3, p. 82-83.

Plummer, C.C., 1974: Contact metamorphism of the Latady Formation, Southern Lassiter Coast Area, Antarctic Peninsula: Antarctic Journal of the U.S., v. 9, n. 3, p. 82-83.

Plummer, C.C., 1977: Geological Road Log for the California Mother Lode Country along Highway 49 between Mariposa and Grass Valley. Sacramento, Guidebook published for the 1977 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, 13 p.

Plummer, C.C., 1977: A geologist's opinionated guide to eating in Sacramento. Publication for the 1977 annual meeting of The Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section, 9 p.

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1979: Physical Geology. Wm. C. Brown Co., Publishers, 462 p.

Plummer,C.C.,1980: Dynamothermal contact metamorphism superposed on regional metamorphism in the pelitic rocks of the Chiwaukum Mountains Area, Washington Cascades: Summary. Geologic Society of America Bulletin, Part I, v. 91, p. 386-388.

Plummer,C.C., 1980: Dynamothermal contact metamorphism superposed on regional metamorphism in the pelitic rocks of the Chiwaukum Mountains Area, Washington Cascades: Summary. Geologic Society of America Bulletin, Part II, v. 91, p. 1627-1668.

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1982: Physical Geology, 2nd Ed. Wm. C. Brown Co., Publishers, 500 p.

Plummer,C.C., R.S. Babcock, J.W. Sheraton, C.J.D. Adams and R.L. Oliver, 1982: Geology of the Daniels Range, Northern Victoria Land Antarctica; A preliminary report: Fourth International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences, Adelaide, Australia, Volume of Abstracts, p. 137.

Plummer,C.C.,1983: Geological investigation of the Daniels Range, USARP Mountains, northern Victoria Land. Antarctic Journal of the U.S. v. 17, n.5, p. 18.

Plummer,C.C., R.S. Babcock, J.W. Sheraton, C.J.D. Adams and R.L. Oliver, 1983: Geology of the Daniels Range, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica: A preliminary report, p. 113-117. in Oliver, R.L., P.R. James and J.B. Jago, eds., Antarctic Earth Science. Canberra, Australian Academy of Science, and Cambridge University Press, 697 p.

Cover photo of February, 1983 issue of California Optometrist.(a photo from Alaska)

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1985: Physical Geology, 3rd Ed. Wm. C. Brown Co., Publishers, 511 p.

R.S. Babcock, C.C. Plummer, J.W. Sheraton, and C.J.D. Adams, 1986: Geology of the Daniels Range, north Victoria Land, Antarctica. American Geophysical Union, Antarctic Research Series, v 46, Geological investigations in northern Victoria Land, p. 1-24.

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1988: Physical Geology, 4th Ed. Wm. C. Brown Co., Publishers, 535 p.

J.W. Sheraton, R.S. Babcock, L.P. Black, D. Wyborn, C.C. Plummer, 1987: Petrogenesis of the granitic rocks of the Daniels Range, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Precambrian Geology, v. 37, p. 267-286.

Plummer, C.C., 1988: Music to sooth the savage introductory geology student. Journal of Geological Education, v.36, p. 88-89. March 1988.

Plummer, C.C., 1989: Asbestos. Earth Science Newsletter (Wm. C. Brown Co.), v. 1, p. 3-4.

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1991: Physical Geology, 5th Ed. Wm. C. Brown Co., Publishers, 543 p.

McGeary, D.F.R. and C.C. Plummer, 1992: Physical Geology: Earth Revealed. Wm C. Brown Co., Publishers, 550 p.

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1993: Physical Geology, 6th Ed. Wm. C. Brown Co., Publishers, 537 p.

McGeary, D.F.R. and C.C. Plummer, 1994: Physical Geology: Earth Revealed,. 2nd Ed. Wm C. Brown Co., Publishers, 540 p.

(1995)Photos published in the 1995 English translation (from Italian) of Mirella Tenderini, Gary Hemming: The Beatnik of the Alps. Edinburgh, Scotland: The Ernest Press.

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1996: Physical Geology, 7th Ed. Wm. C. Brown Co., Publishers, 539 p.

Plummer, C.C. and D.F.R. McGeary, 1996: Interactive Plate Tectonics` CD-ROM, WCB McGraw-Hill

McGeary, D.F.R. and C.C. Plummer, 1998: Physical Geology: Earth Revealed,. 3rd Ed. WBC McGraw-Hill, 542 p.

Plummer, C.C., D.F.R. McGeary and D.H. Carlson, 1999: Physical Geology, 8th Ed. WBC McGraw-Hill, 577 p.

McGeary, D.F.R., C.C. Plummer and D.H. Carlson, 2001: Physical Geology: Earth Revealed,. 4th Ed. WBC McGraw-Hill, 578 p.

Plummer, C.C., D.F.R. McGeary and D.H. Carlson, 2001: Physical Geology, Updated 8th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 578 p.

Plummer, C.C., D.F.R. McGeary and D.H. Carlson, 2003: Physical Geology, 9th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 574 p.

McGeary, D.F.R., C.C. Plummer and D.H. Carlson, 2004: Physical Geology: Earth Revealed, 5th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 574 p.

Plummer, C.C., D.F.R. McGeary, D.H. Carlson, C. Eyles and N. Eyles, 2004: Physical Geology & the Environment,1st Canadian Ed. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 574 p.

Plummer, C.C., D.F.R. McGeary and D.H. Carlson, 2005: Physical Geology, 10th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 580 p.

Carlson, D. H., C.C. Plummer and , D.F.R McGeary, 2006: Physical Geology: Earth Revealed, 6th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 580 p.

Plummer, C.C., D.H. Carlson and D.F.R. McGeary, 2007: Physical Geology, 11th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 617 p.

Plummer, C.C., D.F.R. McGeary, D.H. Carlson, C. Eyles and N. Eyles, 2007: Physical Geology & the Environment, 2nd Canadian Ed. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 606 p.

Plummer, C.C. and D.H. Carlson, 2008: Physical Geology, 12th Ed. McGraw-Hill, 651 p.