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Dr. Brian F. Platt ’01, Associate Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at The University of Mississippi, will be the keynote speaker at the College of Science and Technology Research Day on Friday, May 3, at 3 p.m. 

Platt is originally from Wayne, New Jersey, and earned a B.S. in Geology with a minor in Art Studio from Bloomsburg University in 2001.  After returning to New Jersey to work for an environmental consulting firm, he attended graduate school at the University of Kansas and earned a M.S. in Geology in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Geology in 2012.  He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Kansas Geological Survey and as an instructor for the University of Kansas Geology Department.  In 2013, he began a tenure-track faculty position in the Geology and Geological Engineering Department at the University of Mississippi.  He was granted tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. Platt’s research interests include sedimentology, stratigraphy, ichnology, paleopedology, soils, and Mississippi Embayment geology.

He currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife, Sara, whom he met at Bloomsburg (B.A. Psychology, 2002), their two sons, Henry and Jason, and their two dogs, including one husky.