Bart S. Martin

Emeritus Professor of Geology & Geography


  • B.S., Furman University
  • M.S., Washington State University
  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Bart Martin is a professor in the Department of Geology and Geography. Martin’s specialties are in igneous petrology and geochemistry with an emphasis on the evolution of large volcanic provinces. His research interests focus on the geochemical and volcanological evolution of voluminous lava flows in the Columbia River flood basalt province of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as the effects of large-scale volcanism on Earth’s environment. He has participated in international field conferences on large igneous provinces and has published on the geochemistry of the 1300 km3 Roza flows of the Columbia River basalts. Martin is also interested in the origin of minerals found in unusual rocks from Earth’s mantle in the Blue Ridge of western North Carolina. He teaches courses in physical and environmental geology, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, ore deposits/economic geology, and volcanology.

Publications / Presentations

Selected Publications (Articles):

  • Martin, B.S., Petcovic, H.L., and Reidel, S.P., 2005, Goldschmidt Conference 2005: Field trip guide to the Columbia River Basalt Group; Richland, WA, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory PNNL-SA-45206, 65 p.
  • Reidel, S.P., Martin, B.S., and Petcovic, H.L., 2003, The Columbia River Flood Basalts and the Yakima Fold Belt, in. Swanson, T.W., ed. Western Cordillera and adjacent areas; Boulder, CO, Geological Society of America Field Guide 4, p. 87–105.

Selected Publications (Abstracts):

  • Martin, B.S., 2007, Geochemical variations within large volume basaltic lava flows, Wanapum Basalt Formation, Columbia River Basalt Group: Implications for flood basalt eruptions;Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 39, no.6.
  • Martin, B.S., 2005, Implications of the geochemical variations in the Wanapum Basalt Formation (Columbia River Basalt Group) for a plume source; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7.
  • Reidel, S.P., Bush, J., Garwood, D., Kauffman, J., and Martin, B.S., 2005, The tectonic evolution of the northern Columbia River Food-Basalt Province; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no.7.
  • Gorham, S.J. and Martin, B.S., 2004, Xenolith-bearing dikes of the Grande Ronde Basalt, Columbia River Basalt Group, southeast Washington State; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, no.5.


  • Licensed Geologist, State of Washington

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior
  • Sigma Xi
  • National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center #101
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

P 740-368-3621