R. Kelly Vance

Dr. R. Kelly Vance

Robert Kelly Vance, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.
Associate Professor of Geology
Co-Director – St. Catherines Island Sea Turtle Program
Office: Herty, 2116C
Phone: 912-478-5353

Academic Background

Ph.D., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 1989  Geology

  • Geochemistry and Tectonic Setting of the Early Proterozoic Yavapai Supergroup, Central Arizona

M.S., University of Kentucky, 1984  Geology

  • Geology and Geochemistry of the Gunnison Intrusive Complex, Gunnison County, Colorado

B.S., University of Kentucky, 1978 Geology

Research Interests

Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry, Industrial and Metallic Mineral Resources,  Tectonic and Metallogenic Evolution of Volcanic Arcs, Ground Penetrating Radar Applications,  The Structure, and the Geologic and Hydrologic Evolution of St. Catherines Island, Georgia,  Sea Turtle Conservation,  Geoscience Education and Field-Based Science Education


  • Environmental Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • Economic Geology
  • Regional Field Courses
  • Sea Turtle Conservation and Natural History
  • Barrier Island Environmental Geology

Selected Publications


Last updated: 9/20/2018

Department of Geology and Geography • P.O. Box 8149 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-0667