Daniel Lehrmann is the Gertrude and Walter Pyron Professor in the Geosciences Department at Trinity University, where he teaches courses in paleontology and sedimentary geology. He is originally from Wisconsin where he received his bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his master's degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Ben Surpless is an Associate Professor of Geosciences at Trinity, where he teaches courses in Structural Geology, Global Climate Change, Dynamic Earth, Earth's Environmental Systems, and the First Year Experience, Climate Changed. Ben involves students in his research in western Nevada, western Texas, and southern Utah, where he investigates the geologic evolution of faults, fold systems, and fracture networks.
I head west most summers for research, bringing students with me to the mountains of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and southern British Columbia. My research addresses two major questions: (1) what can the information contained in sedimentary rocks and the basins in which these rocks formed tell us about what was happening on Earth?; and (2) can we determine how ancient sedimentary basins formed and evolved?
I grew up right here in San Antonio and she draws me back every time I leave. I graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School and then immediately enlisted in the Navy to serve as a SEAL before returning to San Antonio to attend Trinity. Swimming, running track, getting married (Jana, Biology ’98), and having our first son (Caden) were all great distractions from my studies, but with the support of Trinity faculty and coaches I managed to complete my B.S. in Geosciences.
I grew up in rural Minnesota and attended Carleton College where I discovered geology. I continued my education at Rice University where I worked on volcanic deposits from Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in the southern Washington Cascades. After a short stint in the oil industry, I came to Trinity University in 1984 and have cherished the opportunity to educate to undergraduates in the fields of geology I love -- minerals, volcanoes, and plate tectonics.