Richard Hazlett (PO)

Rick Hazlett


Office: Edmunds 112 (Pomona)

Phone: 909.621.8676


Specialty Interests

volcanology, igneous petrology, mineralogy, land use issues pertaining particularly to oil depletion, forestry, agriculture, and the role of selected natural resources in human conflict and history


B.A. in Geology, Occidental College

M.A. in Geology, Dartmouth College

Ph.D. in Geology, University of Southern California


Dr. Hazlett, winner of 1996 and 2001 Wig Awards for teaching excellence at Pomona College, is an affiliated member of the Geology Department whose primary duties involve working with the Environmental Analysis program. He was the first Stephen M.Pauley Chair in Environmental Analysis at the college, receiving this appointment in 2001.

His recent research (post 1996) has included work in the eastern Aleutian Islands on volcanic stratigraphy in conjunction with Dr. Jessica Larsen (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), mapping and interpreting the geologic evolution of Secret Spring Volcano and the Klamath River Gorge on the California-Oregon border with Dr. Stanley Mertzman (Franklin and Marshall College), studying a plutonic terrane and related volcanic cover in the Eldorado Mountains of southern Nevada (with Dr. Calvin Miller, Vanderbilt University), mapping volcanic stratigraphy in northwestern Iceland (Dr. Brennan Jordan, College of Wooster supervising) and more recently–commensurate with his new academic appointment–an exploration of land use issues focusing on the American West. His hobbies include landscape sketching and spelunking, with small research projects undertaken at Tramway Cave in the Grand Canyon, Spider Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and at Jackson Bay Great Cave near the southern tip of Jamaica.

In general, Dr. Hazlett styles himself as transitioning from hard-core geology to environmental studies with a land use/natural resource emphasis. One colleague describes him as “changing from a pure geologist to a physical geographer with strong geologic training”. The motivation for this change came gradually from years of teaching introductory geology with an environmental/natural hazards focus. To make these courses more interesting for non-majors and general elective students, Dr. Hazlett acted upon the questions: “How do I make what I’ve learned about the earth meaningful and important for my students? What is the future of geology in the service of society? What can I do personally, in what remains of my career, to improve our unfavorable environmental prognosis?”

EA Courses Taught

EA 10 Introduction to Environmental Analysis

Examines the history of environmental change over the past century, the environmental ramifications of economic and technological decisions, lifestyles and personal choice and the need to evaluate environmental arguments critically.

EA 85 Farms and Gardens (each spring)

An introduction to agroecology, (the ecology of agriculture), including a component of directed field work at the Pomona Organic Farm. Topical matter includes soils and nutrient cycling, tillage, planting, horticulture and harvesting and a look at alternative, non-industrial food production systems.

EA 190 Senior Seminar (each spring)

A capstone, modular-based seminar in which senior majors focus their various curricular backgrounds on environmental issues and problems, including projects of practical nature developed by the College’s Sustainability Integration Office. Exchange of interdisciplinary perspectives is encouraged throughout, with participants learning intensively from one another in the process of undertaking research. Simulates “real world” team-based investigations.