Dr. Jeff Amato – Interim Department Head

Professor, Interim Department Head

Ph.D. Stanford University, 1995
Office: BD 102
Phone: 575-646-1632


Jeff Amato is a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University. He was born in Vermont and grew up in northern California. He did his undergraduate work at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and received a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University in 1995. He has been a faculty member at NMSU since 1999. He has worked on geology projects in New Mexico, Alaska, Russia, Switzerland, Mexico, and in the Patagonia region of southern Chile. He specializes in structural geology, tectonics, and geochronology. He teaches classes in Natural Hazards, Field Mapping, and Geochronology. He was the President of the New Mexico Geological Society in 2004 and 2005, and he was Associate Editor for the Geological Society of America Bulletin and Geosphere. He has advised 16 Master’s students at NMSU. He is currently serving a one-year term as Interim Department Head in Criminal Justice at NMSU.