As a quantitative, field-oriented structural geologist, I employ a multi-disciplinary approach to research that draws upon a variety of analytical techniques applicable to tectonic studies, including: detailed field-based mapping and structural analysis, crystallographic textural analysis using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), geochronology and thermochronology studies, and petrologic investigations. These research interests have led to student research opportunities on diverse topics in regions of the Earth spanning from Antarctica to New England.



Interested in learning more about the past and present research conducted in the Structural Geology & Tectonics group at Boston College? If so, this is your first stop as inside you will find details about current research and student opportunities, publications, facilities, and the people the have made our group special.



The workhorse of the BC structural geology & tectonics group is undoubtedly our state-of-the-art Tescan field emission SEM, which is equipped with a variety of analytical detectors  aiding in the imaging and physical & chemical characterization of geological materials. Click to learn more!



I teach a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Topics range from introductory courses in Earth Materials to advanced courses in Structural Geology and Tectonics. For more information about past course offerings and field excursions follow these links.

Featured Publications

Exploring the western Idaho shear zone using the StraboSpot data system

Book ChapterField Guide
Tikoff, B., Kahn, M.J., Gaschnig, R.M., Michels, Z.D., Davenport, K., Hole, J.A., Stanciu, C.A., Fayon, A.K., and Kruckenberg, S.C.
In: Haugerud, R.A., and Kelsey, H.M., eds., From the Puget Lowland to East of the Cascade Range: Geologic Excursions in the Pacific Northwest: Geological Society of America Field Guide 49, p. 229-254, doi:10.1130/2017.0049(09).
Publication year: 2017

Cretaceous partial melting, deformation, and exhumation of the Potters Pond migmatite domain, west-central Idaho

Journal Article
Montz, W.J. and Kruckenberg, S.C.
Lithosphere; 9 (2): 205-222. doi: 10.1130/L555.1
Publication year: 2017

Axial-type olivine crystallographic preferred orientations: the effect of strain geometry on mantle texture.

Journal Article
Chatzaras, V., Kruckenberg, S.C., Cohen, S., Medaris Jr., L.G., Withers, A.C., and Bagley, B.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth; 121 (7): 4895-4922. doi: 10.1002/2015JB012628
Publication year: 2016

News & Updates


  • Ph.D. 2009

    Ph.D. Geology

    University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

  • B.S. 2000

    B.S. Geology (Honors Program)

    University of Wyoming

  • B.S. 2000

    B.S. Environmental Hydrology / Geohydrology

    University of Wyoming


  • Present2012

    Assistant Professor

    Boston College

  • 20122012

    Visiting Instructor

    University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

  • 20122011

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • 20112009

    NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    University of Wisconsin - Madison