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

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.

Horton, J.W., Jr., Owens, B.E., Hackley, P.C., Burton, W.C., Sacks, P.C., and Hibbard, J.P., 2016, Geology of the Eastern Piedmont in Virginia: in Bailey, C.M., Sherwood, W.C., Eaton, L.S., and Powars, D.S., eds., The Geology of Virginia, Virginia Museum of Natural History, Special Publication 18, p. 125-158.

Recent Abstracts

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.

Valery, C.A., Bailey, C.M., and Owens, B.E., 2018, Ecologitization and shear zone kinematics in the Lofoten Islands, northern Norway: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 50, no. 21-4.

Girven, E.E., and Owens, B.E., 2017, Evaluating high-P and T amphibolites in the Goochland Terrane, Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 49, no. 20-17. 

Owens, B.E., Carter, E.S., and Garry, W.B., 2017, Metamorphosed mantle xenoliths in the mafic to ultramafic Diana Mills pluton, Piedmont Province, Virginia: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Program 49, no. 27-8.

 

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