Dr. Schroeder Became Interested in Clays
Dr. Schroeder became interested in clays by virtue of the fact that much
of the Earth's crust is made up of clay minerals and clay sized materials.
The surface of the Earth is where we extract most of our natural resources.
It is also the place where dispose of most of our wastes. Clays are some
of the most reactive materials found on Earth. To be interested in clay
mineralogy is a natural by-product of being interested in the mechanisms
that are responsible for making economic mineral and energy deposits as
well as the recording of environmental changes in the geologic record through
Dr. Schroeder’s career
path in science began when he took a SCUBA and Data Collection class
his freshman year in college. The geologist
that taught that course had a truly inspiring message about the complexity
of Earth and the need to be rigorous in our observation and understanding
of Earth processes. Before taking his position at UGA his major career
activities included (1) conducting marine geology studies of Cobscook
Bay, Maine, (2) working in Florida for the U.S. Geological Survey on
SCUBA diving, coring and collecting geophysical data; (3) working for
Texaco's Exploration and Production Division reservoir studies team,
in Houston, TX; conducting mineralogical studies of oil cores from around
the world, and (4) working as a visiting scientist at the Schlumberger-Doll
Research Laboratory in Ridgefield, CT; performing rock studies related
to geochemical logging.
The exciting thing about clay science is the fact that so many different
scientists get together. Clay science brings together geologists, soil
scientists, material scientists, biologists, chemists, archeologists
and physicists (to name just a few). Great clay scientists can be found
all over the world. The nice thing about this it that it give us all
opportunity to collaborate and learn about our differences and most often
Professionally , Dr.
Schroeder is currently a Professor of Geology at the University of
Georgia in Athens, Georgia, USA. His activities
entail a combination of teaching, research and outreach (all of which
he feels should be linked). He teaches the courses "Earth and Environmental
Processes " and "Earth Materials" to undergraduate students
and the courses "Clay Mineralogy and Geochemistry", "Weathering,
Soils and Saprolite" and "Topics in Geochemistry Seminar" to
graduate students. Dr. Schroeder has conducted research in the areas
of (1) The Geologic Record of Global Change - funded by the National
Science Foundation; (2) The Geological and Material Properties of Kaolin
Deposits - funded by the English China Clay International and the J.M.
Huber Corporation; and (3) The Crystal Chemistry of Illite-Smectite in
Sedimentary Basins - funded by the Petroleum Research Foundation and
Texaco Exploration and Production
Services. Dr. Schroeder also
performs outreach to the public sector of Georgia by giving talks about "Minerals of Georgia" and
through identification of unknown materials found by citizens who are
curious as to the materials’ origin.