Dixie State University Geology Instructor Janice Hayden decided in the 8th grade that she wanted to major in geology and become a professional geologist. Her experience growing up on a ranch, looking for survey markers and property lines on maps and her early fascination with earthquakes and volcanoes led her to that decision. As a result, she has had an amazing career as a Petroleum Exploration Geologist, a Field Geologist for the Utah Geological Survey and for the last six years, as a full-
time instructor of Geology at DSU. Her interest in geology is contagious. “Because we live on Earth, everything in life is based on geology,” she points out. “It boils down to how we can minimize the risk of living with geologic hazards and how we as a society choose to utilize geologic resources in providing goods and services. The impact of those societal choices has significant ramifications on the Earth system, including climate change. So what we do with the Earth has huge effects on our lives.”
Professor Hayden has spent her career communicating the importance of geology to others both as a teacher and as a researcher. She has an expanding list of publications that are useful to students, professional geologists and tourists. Her book, Zion National Parks Shuttle Stops – Landscapes Guide and Glossary published in 2017 is used by visitors to Zion National Park. Her most recent publication, as second author, is Introduction to Geology for Non-Majors, 4th edition, published in 2018 by Kendal Hunt. Her next publication, Inverted Topography in St. George, Washington County, Utah will be published this year in the Utah Geological Association’s Geosights of Utah.
Current research includes a flooding hazard study for the City of Springdale of the Virgin River corridor through Rosenberg Associates Engineering, a mineral study to meet BLM requirements for a proposed new reservoir site for Washington County Water Conservancy District, and involvement with the International Continental Drilling Program sighting a location on Sand Mountain to drill a scientific core through the Lower Jurassic and Triassic rock section working with geologists from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, funded in conjunction with the National Science Foundation. For more information, contact Janice Hayden at email@example.com.