Dr. Kevin L. Mickus


Geography Geology and Planning

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Geography Geology and Planning
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Kevin Mickus is distinguished professor of geology. His research involves the interpretation of gravity, magnetic and electromagnetic data for crustal and upper mantle structure plus for resources (mining, geothermal), environmental and archaeological applications.

His studies have included the Ouachita orogenic belt in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas; Precambrian boundaries in the Pacific NW; the Mojave extensional terrane in southern California and western Arizona; the east African Rift system in Ethiopia, Kenya and Botswana; the Atlas Mountains in Algeria and Tunisia; and volcanic fields in California, Antarctica and Arizona.

Environmental and archaeological applications include using gravity, DC-resistivity, electromagnetic and GPR data.



  • PhD Geophysics, 1989, University of Texas in El Paso
  • MS Geophysics, 1985, University of Texas in Dallas
  • BS Geology, 1982, University of Washington


  • GLG 110 Physical Geology
  • GLG 171 Environmental Geology
  • GLG 318 Physical Oceanography
  • GLG 360 Directed Field Trips
  • GLG 590/690 Applied Geophysics
  • GLG 591/691 Seismic Data Processing
  • GLG 794 Global Tectonics

Research and professional interests

  • Applied geophysics-tectonics
  • Mineral exploration
  • Environmental geophysics
  • Geothermal exploration

Professional organizations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers
  • Geological Society of Africa
  • Geological Society of America
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists

Awards and honors

  • Research Award, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Missouri State University, 2012
  • Geological Society of America Fellowship, Geological Society of America, 2012
  • Research Award, Missouri State University, 2004

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Areas of expertise


Media appearances

Gravity: Our (non) Constant Companion
KSMU Radio
Geologist Dr. Kevin Mickus shares about his adventure to study Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world.

Geologists Talk Earthquakes in Missouri
KSMU Radio
Geologist Dr. Kevin Mickus discuss both past activity and implications for the future.

Flying South to Study the Heat in a Very Cold Spot
KSMU Radio
Cold and sunburned, Missouri State geology professor Dr. Kevin Mickus trudged with his fellow scientists through the snow and ice to study Mount Erebus, the southernmost active volcano in the world.


Dr. Kevin Mickus - Academic Spotlight                                                               Himalayan Mountain Discovery Possible with New Grant                                                Flying South to Study the Heat in a Very Cold Spot