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Brent E. Owens

Professor

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

Education
  • 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

Martin, A.J., Kadel-Harder, I., Owens, B.E., Kitajima, K., Samson, S.D., and Verma, S.K., 2020, Five hundred million years of punctuated addition of juvenile crust during extension in the Goochland Terrane, central Appalachian Piedmont Province:  International Geology Review 62, p. 523-548.

Owens, B.E., Buchwaldt, R., and Bailey, C.M., 2019, New U-Pb zircon ages for the Petersburg batholith, Piedmont Province, Virginia:  Southeastern Geology   53, 215-227.

Owens, B.E., Telep, E.S., and Garry, W.B., 2019, Enigmatic nodule-bearing rocks in the mafic to ultramafic Diana Mills pluton, Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Journal 54, p. 101-119.

Owens, B.E., and Hollingsworth, J.W., 2018, Mineralogical and geochemical constraints on the origin of kyanite quartzites in the Kings Mountain Terrane, North Carolina and South Carolina: Southeastern Geology 53, p. 81-96.

Owens, B.E., Peters, B.J., 2018, Ferruginous Quartzites in the Chopawamsic Terrane, Piedmont Province, Virginia: Evidence for an Ancient Back-Arc Hydrothermal System: Economic Geology 113, p. 421-438.

Owens, B.E., Carter, M., and Bailey, C.M., 2017, Geology of the Petersburg batholith, eastern Piedmont, Virginia, in Bailey, C.M., and Jaye, S. eds., GSA Southeastern Section Meeting Guides: Geological Society of America Field Guide 47, p. 153-162.  

Owens, B.E., and Dymek, R.F., 2016, Comparative petrology of the Montpelier and Roseland potassic anorthosites, Virginia:  Canadian Mineralogist 56, p. 1563-1593.

Recent Abstracts

Muller, I.P., and Owens, B.E., 2020, Further investigations of the Union Mill gneiss in the Raleigh Terrane, Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 52, no. 10-4.

Owens, B.E., Johnson, T.A., and Cottle, J.M., 2020, The saga of a single sample:  attempts to understand the geologic history of a portion of the Maidens gneiss, Goochland Terrane, Virginia:  Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 52, no. 63-5.

Owens, B.E., Johnson, T.A., and Polly, C.E., 2020, Geochemistry and geochronology of a monzodioritic phase of the Petersburg batholith, eastern Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 52, no. 10-5.  

Owens, B.E., and Hamilton, M.A., 2018, A review of U-Pb zircon ages from the Roanoke Rapids Terrane, Eastern Piedmont Province, Virginia, and new Nd isotopic data bearing on the nature of cratonic basement: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 50, no. 192-7.

Holm-Denoma, C.S., Carter, M.W., and Owens, B.E., 2018, Provenance of the Cretaceous Potomac Group from detrital zircon analysis, central-eastern Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 50, no. 28-14.

Owens, B.E., 2018, The Dover Creek syenite:  a newly recognized Neoproterozoic pluton within the Mesoproterozoic State Farm Gneiss, Goochland, Terrane, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 50, no. 26-4.

Ray, D.E., and Owens, B.E., 2018, The origin and significance of a large mafic gneiss xenolith in the Petersburg Granite, Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 50, no. 26-3.

 

 

Courses

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

GEOL 150: Geology is Destiny (freshman seminar)

GEOL 310: Regional Field Geology

GEOL 321: Rock-Forming Minerals

GEOL 403: Geochemistry

GEOL 422: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology