Priscilla Grew

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., 1967, California-Berkeley

Contact Information

307 Morrill Hall
402-472-3779
pgrew1@unl.edu

My early research was on high pressure Franciscan blueschists and eclogites at the type locality for the mineral lawsonite in California. I then turned to interdisciplinary research on environmental and social impacts of coal and water development in the Colorado River Basin, particularly in the region around Lake Powell. For 11 years, I was a state government official in California applying geosciences to public policy, especially earthquake and landslide hazard mitigation. I was Director of the California Department of Conservation (which includes the state geological survey and the state regulatory agency for oil and gas), and I was a Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission. I later served as Director of the Minnesota Geological Survey, which conducts major research and public outreach on Precambrian and glacial geology, groundwater and mineral resources. From 1993 to 1999, I was Vice Chancellor for Research at UNL, and then returned to teaching introductory physical geology and environmental geology in the Department of Geosciences. I serve as the UNL Coordinator for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), under which Native American human remains from past university archaeological collections are returned to tribes through a complex federal process. In August 2003, I became Director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, our natural history museum which includes research collections in paleontology, petrology, and mineralogy, as well as anthropology, botany, entomology, parasitology, and zoology. In this new role, my focus will be promoting the understanding of biodiversity through geologic time.

Selected Publications


  • Gosselin, D.C. and P.C. Grew, 2002, EarthScope education and outreach in Nebraska, Creating the EarthScope Legacy Workshop, August 4-7, 2002, U. Arizona, Tucson.

  • Grew, P.C. and Hansen, C., 2002, The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission: a partnership involving geoscientists and policy makers, Geological Society of America 2002 Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 34, 73.

  • Grew, P.C., 1994, Geological Factors in the sustainable development of large cities, in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Geo-environments: The road from Rio: an agenda for res, Tokyo, pp. 25-26.

  • Grew, P.C., 1981, Seismic hazards: a state government perspective, Social and economic effects of earthquakes on utility lifelines (edited by Isenberg, J. (ed.)), Amer. Soc. Civil Engineers, San Francisco, pp.18-27.

  • Anderson, O.L. and Grew, P.C., 1977, Stress corrosion theory of crack propagation with applications to geophysics, Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics, 15, 77-104.