Dr. Steve Austin is a field research geologist with a Ph.D. in geology. His quest to understand the sedimentary processes that formed rocks and fossils has launched explorations onto six of the world’s seven continents. His research adventures have taken him by helicopter into the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano, by bush plane onto glaciers in the high mountains of Alaska, by raft through the entire Grand Canyon, on horseback into the high Sierra, by elevator into the world’s deepest coal mines, by SCUBA onto the Great Barrier Reef, by rail into the backcountry of Korea, by canoe into coastal swamps of Australia, by foot onto barren plateaus of southern Argentina, and by ATV into remote archaeological digs of the Middle East. He likes to climb high mountain peaks. Lightning, mudflows, avalanches, volcanic eruptions, boiling creeks, quicksand, flash floods, blizzards, crocodiles, and venomous snakes are all hazards he has experienced during his quests.
Geology students know Dr. Austin for his extraordinary field trips and field teaching events. With students he has launched 22 raft trips through Grand Canyon. Dr. Austin’s field research within Grand Canyon includes over 400 nights (one year) camped out below the Canyon’s rim. While advising a Ph.D. candidate on a geology project 15 years ago, he started mapping large squid fossils within a limestone stratum of Grand Canyon. Now he has mapped the squid-bearing limestone layer a distance of 200 miles through Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. One paleontologist said, “Dr. Austin has seen more large fossil squid than anyone else on Earth.” Dr. Austin is well known for field research and field trips at Mount St. Helens, and he produced a DVD illustrating these adventures. Dead Sea sediment in Israel and Jordan are revealing the sequence of earthquakes mentioned in the Bible. Laminated Dead Sea sediment shows earthquake disturbances, the one assignable to 33 AD is likely the earthquake at the crucifixion of Christ. Working with archaeologists in Israel and Jordan, Dr. Austin believe he has found the lost cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. In southern Argentina, Dr Austin has retraced the 1834 route of Charles Darwin and the crew of HMS Beagle on the journey up the Santa Cruz River.
He is the author of three books, three videos, one computer software package, and more than forty technical geology papers.
Dr. Austin teaches geology at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, and is Senior Research Geologist with Logos Research Associates, Costa Mesa, California. He is also President of Austin Research Consulting, Inc, and President of Creation Geology Society.
Dr. Steve Austin is married to Kelly M. Austin, M.D. Dr. Kelly Austin teaches surgery at University of Pittsburgh, and she is Director of the Pediatric Advanced Critical Care Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh.
B.S. in Geology from the University of Washington
M.S. in Geology from San Jose State University
Ph.D. in Geology from Pennsylvania State University
Geological Society of America, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society for Sedimentary Geology, International Association of Sedimentologists, Creation Geology Society.