David Schmidt

                          Dr. David Schmidt

                Assistant Professor -Geology

              1900 West 7th  Street - CMB 1293

                       Plainview, Texas 79072

         (806) 291-1121     Fax: (806) 291-1968

                          Office: MSB 032

                E-mail: schmidtd@wbu.edu



Dr. Schmidt earned a BS in Geology at the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1999. In 2002, he graduated from Fort Hays State University of western Kansas earning a MS in Geology with emphasis in Vertebrate Paleontology. From 2003-04, he worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation as a Geologist. His doctoral studies were conducted at Texas Tech University, where he received his Ph. D. in Geology in 2009. Dr. Schmidt’s doctoral research focused on using stable isotope geochemistry and sandstone petrography to infer paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental conditions of the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Areas of interest include various aspects of paleontology, sedimentology/ stratigraphy, and depositional systems.

Current research includes a molluscan faunal distribution and grain size analysis of a fossil-bearing unit within the Blackwater Draw Formation. Additionally, Dr. Schmidt engages students in various aspects of undergraduate geological research associated with the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands in South Dakota.  Recent projects associated with the South Dakota research include a detailed geologic map of the Indian Creek area, taxonomic and taphonomic investigation of a fossil rhino, depositional setting and taphonomic study of a microvertebrate site, and taxonomic and paleoecological investigation of a fossil turtle. 

In his spare time, Dr. Schmidt enjoys the outdoors by running, hiking, camping, and kayaking.  When not outdoors, he enjoys listening to music, and plays guitar and cello.






GEOL 4403 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy MW 7:30 - 10:40 a.m. MSB 011
GEOL 1403 Earth Science for Educators MW 12:15 - 2:00 p.m. MSB 011
GEOL 1401 Physical Geology TR 10:45 - 12:00 p.m. MSB 011
GEOL 1402 Historical Geology TR 3:05 - 5:00 p.m. MSB 011



MONDAY 11:00- 11:30 a.m.
TUESDAY 9:30- 10:45; 12:00- 3:00 p.m.
THURSDAY 12:00-3:00 p.m.
FRIDAY 11:00- 1:00 p.m.