Professor Bjornerud takes particular interest in the internal 'architecture' of mountain belts and how large- and small-scale deformational features in rocks can be used to understand how mountains grow. She has carried out field studies in areas of the Norwegian and Canadian high Arctic, as well as Ontario and northern Wisconsin. Her research integrates field observations with quantitative analysis and computer modeling. Marcia has led students on field trips to destinations including a meteorite impact crater in Indiana, the central Appalachians, and classic geologic localities in the British Isles. She has also written a nontraditional introductory geology textbook based on the premise that all students, as Earthlings, should know how their planet works.
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