Rob grew up influenced by America's concern with science after the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) . After receiving an engineering bachelor's degree, and two years designing photovoltaic power systems for satellites, he returned to the halls of academe by moving to the beautiful Southwest to study geophysics. Short stints working for mining and oil companies did not dissuade him from the academic life, in which he has now spent over 30 years at F&M. His research focuses largely on the application of magnetic methods of geophysics to archaeology. He has worked in the American Southwest, Israel, Greece, Jamaica, Italy, Germany, and Azerbaijan. He likes to cook, travel, watch independent films, read, and collect memorabilia from that formative IGY. Rob retired in the summer of 2016, but will continue working on several projects from the hinterlands of the Hackman K-wing.
Recently taught courses
Archaeomagnetic secular variation of direction
Archaeomagnetic secular variation of paleointensity
Paleomagnetic studies of clinkers
Geophysical prospection at archaeological sites
Magnetic properties of obsidians