About the Instructor
(Len) Mankowski received a bachelor’s in applied
geophysics from Michigan Technological University in 1999 and a
master’s degree in geology in 2003. His research interests
have focused primarily on understanding the formation of the Ancestral
Rocky Mountains and the Paradox Basin during the Pennsylvanian and
Permian by field mapping, paleomagnetic analysis and flexural modeling.
His research interests have also included mapping of ash fall deposits
and geophysical mapping of archaeological sites. Len taught courses
in depositional environments, historical geology and oceanography
at MTU from 2003-2004. Len assisted with the teaching and design
of exercises during the first three years that The Geology of Utah’s
National Parks and Monuments was offered.
has been involved in several MTU workshops offered to K-12 teachers
designed to bring hands-on, inquiry based geologic and engineering
exercises into the classroom. He continues to work with elementary
and secondary aged students in the Traverse City area and is a member
of the adjunct staff at Northwestern Michigan College.