Sven Morgan, Ph.D.

Professor of Geology; Chair, Department of Natural Sciences
College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
Natural Sciences

Teaching Areas:

Geological Sciences

Research Areas:

Ductile deformation mechanisms, Magma emplacement into the crust

Biography and Education

Sven Morgan received his PhD from Virginia Tech. He spent 18 years as a faculty member and Department Chair at Central Michigan University and two years as a Department Chair at Iowa State University before coming to Dearborn in 2019.

Teaching and Research


Magma emplacement into the crust (magma plumbing systems); Ductile deformation mechanisms


Geological Sciences, Structural Geology, Tectonics, Geophysics, Field Methods

Selected Publications

Morgan, S.S., 2018, Chapter 6. Pascal’s Principle: A simple model to explain the emplacement of laccoliths and some mid-crustal plutons. in Volcanic and Igneous Plumbing Systems - Understanding magma transport, storage and evolution in the Earth’s crust (S. Burchardt, Ed.). p. 139-166, Elsevier

Nabelek, P.I., Stephenson, S., Morgan, S., & Student, J., 2017. Properties of fluids attending variable recrystallization of quartzite during contact metamorphism in the White-Inyo Range, California. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, v. 35, p. 357-369

Awards and Recognition

College Teaching Award, Central Michigan University 2003