Benjamin R. Jordan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physical Science and Oceanography



Geological Oceanography Work

“The more things a man is interested in, the more opportunities of happiness he has.” – Bertrand Russell

Mailing Address
Department of Natural Sciences
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
BYUH #1967
55-220 Kulanui Street
Laie, HI 96762

Office: MCK 141
Phone: (808) 675-3815

2015 – Initiated into Phi Kappa Phi academic honor society

2012-Present – Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Brigham Young University Hawaii, Laie, Hawaii

2007-2012 – Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho

2004-2007 – Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

2001 – Scientific Crew Member, G.L.I.M.P.S.E. Research Cruise, R/V Melville, South Pacific

1999-2004 – Ph.D., Oceanography, University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett, Rhode Island

1997 – Link Foundation Intern, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Ft. Pierce, Florida


1994-1999 – B.S. (University Honors), Geology (minor in Physics), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

GE 120 – Scientific Reasoning

GE 120 Online – Scientific Reasoning

PHSC 100 – Principles of Physical Science

PHSC 100 Online – Principles of Physical Science

GEOL 105 – Geology of the Pacific

GEOL 105H – Honors Geology of the Pacific

OCEN 201 – Oceanography and Marine Science

BIOL 492 – Scientific Writing

  • Correlation of volcanic deposits with their sources using geochemical and geographic tracers.
  • Documenting coastal change near Laie, Hawaii.
  • Using Microdrones/UAVs for geologic and oceanographic fieldwork.

Fall 2015 – Steven Speakman, “Analysis of Bacteria Found in the Kazumura Lava Tube System, Hawaii, U.S.A.”

Spring 2015 – Zachary Kenworthy, "Correlation of a Cenozoic Ash Bed in Eastern Utah"

Fall 2013 – Serena Smith, "Sedimentation of Laie Bay, Oahu, Hawaii"

Jordan, B.R., 2015, A bird's-eye view of geology: the use of micro drones/UAVs in geologic fieldwork and education, GSA Today, V. 25, p. 42-43.

Jordan, B.R., "God, Our Heavenly Father," BYU–Hawaii Campus Devotional, 3 February 2015.

Jordan, B. R., 2012, Geotrekking in Southeast Arabia: A Guide to Locations of World-Class Geology, American Geophysical Union, Washington, DC, 221 p.

Howari, F. M., Jordan, B. R., Bouhouche, N., and Wyllie-Echeverria, S., 2009, Field and remote sensing of mangrove forests and seagrass beds in the northwestern part of the United Arab Emirates, Journal of Coastal Research, v. 25, p. 48-56.

Jordan, B. R., Fowler, A., Mahmoud, B. E. D., El-Saiy, A., and Abdelghanny, O., 2008, Peperites and associated pillow lavas subjacent to the Oman Ophiolite, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 173, p. 303-312.

Jordan, B. R., 2008, Tsunamis of the Arabian Peninsula – a guide of historic events, Science of Tsunami Hazards, v. 27, n. 1, p. 31-46.

Jordan, Benjamin R., 2007, Geologic Features of the United Arab Emirates, UAEU Department of Geology and UAEU Publications Department, Al Ain, UAE, 112 pages.

Jordan, B. R., Sigurdsson, H., Carey, S., Lundin, S., Rogers, R., Singer, B., and Barquero-Molina, M., 2007, Petrogenesis of Central American Tertiary ignimbrites and associated Caribbean Sea tephra, in Mann, P., 2007, Geologic and Tectonic Development of the Caribbean Plate in Northern Central America, Geological Society of America Special Paper 428, p. 151-179.

Jordan, B. R., Sigurdsson, H., Carey, S., Rogers, R., and Ehrenborg, J., 2007, Geochemical variation along and across the Central American Miocene paleoarc in Honduras and Nicaragua, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 71, p. 3581-3591.

Jordan, B. R., Sigurdsson, H., Carey, S., Rogers, R., and Ehrenborg, J., 2006, Geochemical correlation of Caribbean Sea tephra layers with ignimbrites in Central America, in Siebe, C., Macías, J. L., and Aguirre-Díaz, G. J. (Eds.), 2006, Neogene-Quaternary continental margin volcanism: A perspective from Mexico, Geological Society of America Special Paper 402, p. 161-194.