Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences at Michigan Tech

Suzanne Beske-Diehl

Professor of Geophysics

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Personal Statement

  • Research in the MTU Environmental and Paleomagnetism Laboratory is expanding into many previously unreachable areas thanks to the National Science Foundation and Michigan Technological University. NSF funds and matching moneys have allowed the purchase of a Superconducting rock magnetometer and a magnetically shielded room which will enable us to measure very weakly magnetized sediment and rock samples at extremely rapid rates.


  • Bachelors; University of Minnesota; 1967
  • Masters; Western Washington University; 1972
  • Ph.D.;University of Wyoming; 1977
  • Post Ph.D.; University of Minnesota, 1977-79


  • use of rock magnetic properties to identify volcanic ash and as indicators of atmospheric fractionation
  • rock magnetic properties as an indicator of environmental change with special interest in Lake Superior
  • effect of alteration on the magnetization of basalts
  • magnetostratigraphy of the Pliocene sediments in Anza-Borrego State Park, California
  • paleomagnetism and polar wander for North America at about 1.1 Ga concentrating on Keweenawan rocks

Courses Taught

  • Geomorphology and Glacial Geology
  • Paleomagnetism and Rock Magnetism
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