Jeffrey D. Keith
Dr. Jeffrey D. Keith, a native of Provo, earned his BS degree in geology from BYU in 1977 and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin in 1980 and 1982. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Queen’s University (in Kingston, Ontario, Canada), where he examined the origins of tungsten deposits in western North America. Subsequently he accepted a position at the University of Georgia and taught there for six years before joining the BYU geology faculty in 1990.
Professor Keith’s service to the university has included Geology Department graduate coordinator, membership on the Graduate Council, and other committee assignments. He is currently serving as assistant director of planning and assessment. He is also serving on the Utah State Mapping Advisory Committee. Dr. Keith enjoys teaching both general education and graduate courses and was honored with an Alcuin Fellowship last year.
His research deals with the geochemistry and origin of a variety of ore deposits and is being funded by grants from the National Science Foundation. He is particularly interested in the determination of volcanic and magmatic processes that may be related to ore formation. Research interests have allowed him to examine ore deposits in diverse areas including Inner Mongolia, Siberia, Japan, Oman, northern Canada, and Utah. This year he was awarded the Hawley Medal from the Mineralogical Association of Canada for research efforts related to the origins of ore deposits.
Brother Keith and his wife, Brooke, are the parents of nine children and have several grandchildren.