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Will Gosnold
Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
Geology and Geological Engineering
University of North Dakota
81 Cornell, Stop 8358
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8358
tel. 701-777-2631 FAX 701-777-4449

Curriculum vitae


Dr. William D. Gosnold is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at University of North Dakota. He earned a baccalaureate degree in Physics from the State University of West Georgia in 1971 and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geophysics from Southern Methodist University in 1977. In 2006 he was awarded the title Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, the highest award of the University of North Dakota.

Personal Information

My research interests include continental heat flow, borehole paleoclimatology, global change, flood frequency analysis, crust and mantle rheology, gravity signatures of geological structures, geothermal energy, and tectonics. I am currently directing a team of five scientists in an NSF-funded multidisciplinary project to on borehole paleoclimatology, and I am currently Custodian of the Global Heat Flow Data Base of the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC) of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI). I am a member of Sigma Xi, the American Geophysical Union, the European Geosciences Union, The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Geological Society of America.

Geology and Geological Engineering

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is one of five departments in the School of Engineering and Mines at the University of North Dakota. We offer baccalaureate degrees in three fields, Geology (B.S., B.A.), Geological Engineering (B.S.), and Environmental Geoscience (B.S.). We offer graduate degrees in Geology (M.A., M.S. and PhD) and Geological Engineering (M.S.)

Spring Semester 2012 Schedule

Sturctural Geology (Geol 330)Tuesday -Thursday 9:30 - 10:50

Heat Flow program

Thermal History of Earth (Geol 591) W 10:00 - 12:00

Current Research

UND Geothermal Laboratory

The UND Geothermal Laboratory currently includes three faculty from GGE, two from ChE, and one from EE.

The laboratory presently supports six PhD students: four MS students and three BS students.

These links are to PowerPoint presentations and posters during the past few years.

Heat Flow

AGU Fall Meeting 08, Joint Assembly 08, Ft. Lauderdale , IUGG, Perugia, IT 2007

Geothermal Energy:


SMU Geolthermal Conference 2008, AAPG-08 San Antonio

AAPG-07, Long Beach, Heat Flow and Structure of the Lithosphere, Bykov, Czech Republic, June, 2006,

Climate Change

EGU-08, Vienna, Austria , AGU-06, San Francisco, EGU-06, Vienna, Austria AGU- 05a, San Francisco AGU-05b, San Francisco, AGU-05c, SanFrancisco, GSA_ESPII Calgary, CA, 2005.

In progress


GSA-05, Salt Lake City , Heat Flow and Structure of the Lithosphere, Bykov, Czech Republic, June, 2006 IASPEI, Santiago, Chile, 2005




Although I was relatively active prior to arriving in North Dakota in 1982, I have come to greatly appreciate the opportunities that this region offers. My present activities include: United States Masters Swimming, cross country skiing, inline skating, triathlons, road and trail runs, adventure racing, indoor cycling, and kick boxing. I am presently faculty advisor to the UND Cross Country Ski Club.