Dr. Jim Hinthorne

Ph.D. 1974, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Emeritus Professor of Geological Sciences


Current Areas:

Hinthorne's background and interests center on the geochemistry of silicate minerals (especially trace elements and light elements), analytical geochemistry (especially ion and electron microprobe analysis, and computer automation systems), and geographic information systems and image processing software applied to natural resource problems. Past work has included analysis and age determinations of lunar samples, phenocryst characterization in younger Columbia River Basalts, and investigation of a wide variety of industrial metal and ceramic materials.

Teaching and Schedule


Jim specializes in teaching mineralogy, metamorphic petrology, physical geology and GIS courses.