Bunds, Michael Patrick
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Earth Science
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Associate Professor

Earth Science

My primary goal when teaching general education earth science classes is to pass along some of my love and enthusiasm for natural science. I also feel it is crucial to help students learn important fundamentals of the Earth, especially the origin of ocean basins, mountain belts, and common rocks. I place a strong emphasis on the surficial geologic processes that shape the land on which we live as well. I believe that Earth Science majors should be broadly educated in the Earth Sciences and acquire skills that will be useful in their future endeavors. Important common threads in all upper division Earth Science classes should be making reliable observations (especially in the field) and synthesizing observations to answer geologic questions. I also seek to help students develop their quantitative and writing skills, which are critical to a successful future in Earth Science and many other careers as well.


My research focuses on faulting in the Earth's crust, the generation of earthquakes, and landslide processes. Recently, I have developed and applied structure-from-motion photogrammetry methods to create centimeter - resolution digital elevation models of the ground surface. We've used the models in a wide array of projects, including mapping faults and landslides, measuring fault motion, detecting landscape change from wave and other processes, and measuring snow depth. All of my projects involve students, so if this work sounds interesting come see me. I'm also very proud that to be collaborating in these projects with other UVU professors, as well as scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, University of Michigan, Utah State, BYU, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), and elsewhere.