John Oldow 2003
John Oldow, professor of geological sciences, specializes in tectonics, and, by most measures, is the leading geologist in the world for developing understanding of the tectonic history of western Nevada, the Brooks Range and the Appenines of Italy. His pioneering work in western Nevada provided insight into the tectonic origins of the Rocky Mountains. Part of Oldow’s success is due to his resourcefulness and ability to adapt to and use new technology, applying it to geological problems. As a result, his geodetic studies have changed the ways that geologists look at tectonic motions at plate boundaries. Oldow joined the University of Idaho in 1995.