Geologist photographs Oregon's wonders—and beyond

Lake Abert in southern Oregon (photo: Marli Miller)
Lake Abert in southern Oregon (photo: Marli Miller)

Crater Lake, the Seastacks at Bandon Beach, ancient soils in the John Day Fossil Beds

Marli Miller, a senior instructor in geological sciences at the University of Oregon, loves shooting pictures of her work. She has collected on a website more than 1,600 of her geological photographs, covering 15 categories of earth science, from fjords to fossils to weathered formations—and beyond.

The images are searchable by keyword and include some of her favorite geological pictures.

Several of the photos come from University of Oregon geology field trips; others, from Miller’s own excursions, alone or with friends. There are small versions of each image that link to larger versions and more extended captions.

“The photos are some of my favorites from the last five years or so,” she said, on the website. “I like them because they remind me of special times, and they remind me how lucky I am to be able to go to all these wonderful places.”

Miller’s research covers the earth’s dynamic interior, environmental geology, geology in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, structural and field geology and the national parks.

“Ultimately, I think this whole science of geology boils down to teaching,” Miller said. “If we can't communicate what we've learned, what good is it?”

- by Matt Cooper, UO Office of Strategic Communications