Bob Carson will be discussing his new book, THE BLUES: Natural history of the Blue Mountains in northeastern Oregon and southwestern Washington, published in November of 2018. Although the Blues are mostly underlain by young basalt flows, a variety of much older rocks reveal Earth history for hundreds of millions of years. Atop the Blues is a rare grass-tree mosaic with forest climax associations determined by elevation. Photographers for the book are Duane Scroggins, Bill Rodgers, and many others. The book is punctuated with photo galleries, poems, a foreword, and an afterword.
Robert J. Carson, Phillips Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies Emeritus at Whitman College, was raised in Lexington, Virginia. Mountaineering, whitewater boating, and spelunking in Rockbridge County, Virginia and during summers in northern New England sparked his interest in geology, which he studied at Cornell University. Bob earned an MS at Tulane University while employed by Texaco, exploring for petroleum in Louisiana and phosphate in Florida. His PhD research at the University of Washington led to positions with the Washington Department of Ecology and the Washington Geological Survey. Bob taught at North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon before joining the Whitman faculty in 1975. He taught on the Semester-At-Sea program twice, directed foreign study programs in England and Spain, and leads trips around the world. Most of his research has been on Quaternary geology in Washington, northeastern Oregon, northwestern Wyoming, and Mongolia. His books include Hiking Guide to Washington Geology, Where the Great River Bends, East of Yellowstone, Many Waters, and The Blues.