Utah National Parks Geology
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Leonard (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.

He 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.