Brent E. Owens


Office: McGlothlin-Street Hall 214
Email: [[beowen]]
Office Phone: 757 221 1813



  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
  • M.S., University of Massachusetts
  • B.S., University of Kentucky
Research Interests

Mineralogy, petrology, petrology of massif anorthosites and related rocks, regional geology of the Virginia Piedmont

Selected Publications

Owens, B.E., Belkin, H.E., and Zerolis, J.M., 2013, Margarite, corundum, gahnite and zincohögbomite in a blackwall, Raleigh Terrane, Eastern Piedmont Province, USA:  Mineralogical Magazine 77, 2913-2929.

Owens, B.E., Samson, S.D., and King, S.E., 2013, Geochemistry of the Arvonia Formation, Chopawamsic Terrane, Virginia:  implications for source area weathering and provenance:  American Journal of Science 313, 242-266.

Owens, B.E., and Kremser, D.T., 2010, Akermanite breakdown to a cuspidine-bearing symplectite in a calc-silicate xenolith, Kiglapait Intrustion, Labrador: Canadian Mineralogist 48, 809-819.

Owens, B.E., Buchwaldt, R., and Shirvell, CR., 2010, Geochemical and geochronological evidence for Devonian magmatism revealed in the Maidens Gneiss, Goochland Terrane, Virginia: in  Tollo, R.P., Bartholomew, M.J., Hibbard, J.P., and Karabinos, P., eds., From Rodinia to Pangea: The Lithotectonic Record of the Appalachian Region. Geological Society of America Memoir 206, 725-738.

 Owens, B.E., and Wilson, S.E., 2009, Geochemical constraints on the origin of chloritoid-bearing kyanite quartzite at Hagers Mountain, North Carolina:  Southeastern Geology 46, 135-153.

Owens, B.E., and Pasek, M.A., 2007, Kyanite quartzites in the Piedmont Province of Virginia:  evidence for a possible a high-sulfidation system.  Economic Geology 102, 495-509.

Recent Abstracts

Owens, B.E., and DeCourt, T.A., 2014, Garbenschiefer in the Chopawamsic Formation, Piedmont Province, Virginia:  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 46, 553.

Owens, B.E., and Hamilton, M.A., 2013, New U-Pb zircon ages from the Roanoke Rapids Terrane, Eastern Piedmont Province, Virginia:  implications for assembling Carolinia:  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 45, 810.

Owens, B.E., Tracy, R.J., Dorfler, K.D., and Formento, P.E., 2012, Paleozoic high pressure metamorphism in the Maidens gneiss, Goochland terrane, VA:  evidence from gneisses with kyanite + K-feldspar assemblages:  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 44, 544.  

Buchwaldt, R., and Owens, B.E., 2012, Decoding the “multiscale magmatic cyclicity” of magmatic pluton constructions using the Petersburg Granite, Virginia, USA, as an example:  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 44, 498.

Martin, A.J., and Owens, B.E., 2012, Implications of c. 550 Ma crystallization of the Sabot amphibolite protolith in the Goochland terrane of the central Virginia Piedmont:  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 44, 172.

Owens, B.E., Belkin, H.E., and Zerolis, J.M., 2012, Margarite, gahnite, and probable zincohögbomite in a chloritic blackwall associated with metamorphosed ultramafic rock in the Raleigh terrane, eastern Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 43, 69.

Owens, B.E., Hamilton, M.A., Berquist, C.R., Jr., and Harner, P.L., 2011, Field, geochemical, and geochronological evidence for two pulses of Neoproterozoic magmatism in the Roanoke Rapids Terrane, Eastern Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 43, 271.



150: Double, Double Oil & Trouble (freshman seminar)

150: Geology is Destiny (freshman seminar)

310: Regional Field Geology

321: Rock-Forming Minerals

403: Geochemistry

422: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology