Nick Zentner

M.S. Idaho State University (1989)
B.S. University of Wisconsin (1986)

office 509.963.2828
Lind Hall room 108C

Nick has been with CWU Geology since 1992. He is an advisor to most of our geology undergraduates and he mentors our graduate students teaching in the field and in the lab.

Nick teaches a popular "Geology of Washington" course to CWU students every quarter - and his course is open to townspeople for free!

He also teaches "Pacific Northwest Geology" to our upper-level geology majors.

Nick is the host of ongoing video projects: KCWU-TV's "Central Rocks" and's "2 Minute Geology" and "I-90 Rocks".

Nick leads the Ellensburg Chapter of the Ice Age Flood Institute, and he received the 2011 CWU Most Inspirational Faculty Award and the 2012 CWU Presidential Faculty Award.

Nick will be awarded the 2015 James Shea Award this November in Baltimore at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America. Each year, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers presents this prestigious award to an individual for exceptional delivery of Earth Science content to the general public and teachers of Earth Science. Past recipients include Stephen Jay Gould, John McPhee, Jack Horner, and Robert Ballard.

Nick's wife, Liz Zentner, teaches science at Ellensburg High School. The Zentners have three boys - Max (24), Sam (22), and Jack (20).