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Dr. Dexter Perkins is a Professor of Geology, and the Associate Director of the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering at the University of North Dakota.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in 1973, and a Master’s degree and PhD from Michigan in 1977 and 1979.  After several years as a post doc at the University of Chicago, Dexter joined the faculty at the University of North Dakota and has been there nearly 35 years.

His research was focused on mineralogy, metamorphic petrology and thermodynamics for many years and, more recently, on geoscience education.  His publication record includes four books and nearly 100 other publications.  He has had sabbaticals in Switzerland and France while conducting his studies.

During his academic career, Dexter has been editor or associate editor of several professional publications, including the American Mineralogist, the Journal of Geoscience Education, the North Dakota Quarterly and In the Trenches.  He has also been an active member in many scientific organizations, including the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, the American Mineralogical Association, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Sigma Xi, and the North Dakota Academy of Sciences.

Dexter has won many teaching awards and, in 2010 was recognized as North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Science.

Dexter has played leadership roles for many environmental organizations and is also very active in his community, working with several different organizations that promote lifelong learning and senior education, outdoors experiences for kids, and adventurer/endurance sports for athletes of all ages.