Peter M Valley, PhD

I have expertise in geologic mapping, igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, isotope geochronology, tectonics, digital cartography, and GIS. I specialize in the mapping, structure, and tectonics of complexly deformed rocks, the integration of geologic data with hydrogeologic and mineral resource assessment studies, and the use of GIS as a mapping and analysis tool.


Current Research

I am a research geologist with the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center. I am currently working on a bedrock mapping project in the northeastern Adirondack Mountains of New York. This project is part of a multidisciplinary study to understand the origin of magnetite-apatite ore deposits. Some of the deposits contain significant quantities of rare earth elements, which are considered critical minerals by the US government.


  • Ph.D. Geology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011
  • M.S. Geology, University of Minnesota, 2001
  • B.S. Geology, Castelton State College, 1999

Research and Teaching Experience

  • Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey (Current)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Potsdam (2016–2017)
  • Sedimentologist/Petrologist, Weatherford Labs (2013-2016)
  • Field Geologist/Mapping, U.S. Geological Survey (2011-2013)
  • Field Geologist/Mapping, Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador (2009-2011)
  • Research Scientist/Lab Manager, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004)
  • Adjunct Professor, Laramie County Community College (2003)
  • Research Technician, University of Wyoming (2001-2003)
  • Research Assistant, State University of New York at Buffalo (1999)

Honors and Awards

  • Distinction Award, PhD comprehensive exam (2005)
  • Summer Field Grant, University of Minnesota (2000)
  • Summa Cum Laude, Castleton State College (1999)
  • Presidential Scholarship Award, Castleton State College (1999)
  • Science Department Achievement Award, Castleton State College (1998)
  • National Freshman Honors Society (1995)

Professional Organizations

  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists
  • Geological Association of Canada 
  • Geological Society of America 
  • Mineralogical Society of America


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