Russell O. Colson
 Professor of Geology
Department of Anthropology and Earth Science
 Minnesota State University Moorhead

Recent Pictures.

Fen's Graduation.jpg

2010 was a big year!  Here's my family at my son, Fenner's, graduation in May 2010 on the MSUM campus.  He received a double major in Physics and Math.  He is accepted into the graduate program in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville. 

Canoeing Dordogne.jpg

My wife Mary and I took at three week vacation to France in June 2010.  Here we are canoeing the Dordogne River in south-central France, where we visited medieval castles and toured caves with 15000-year-old paintings.


Earlier pictures are below.  How the years do pass!

Mankato for L college graduation.jpg

Here is my family on the campus of MSU-Mankato for my daughter, Laurie's, graduation May 2009.  Her degree is in human biology.  She plans to go into science writing and is accepted into a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Mary on Patio.jpg

In summer of 2008, my wife Mary and I built a patio as our summer project.  Here is a view of Mary and part of the patio from our back door.

LaurieMy daughter Laurie graduated from high school in 2005.  She is attended college in Mankato, majoring in Biology and minored in Psychology.  She sang with their jazz choir. 







My son Fenner graduated from high school in 2006.  He is presently attending college at MSUM in Moorhead, majoring in Physics and Math.  He's active in intramural sports.  








MaryMy wife Mary teaches Earth Science at Horizon Middle School.  We met in graduate school in Tennessee where we were both graduate students in geology.









I teach Geology, Meteorology, and Planetary Science at MSUM.  I also do woodworking and writing.  Important activities in my life include family conversations and church.

My Family and I like to do lots of things together, including camping, hiking, and biking.

family epcotMy Family and I at Disneyland in 2001

family inside passageMy Family and I on a cruise in the Inside Passage on the way to Alaska in 2002

family viel passMy family near Veil Pass Colorado on a bike camping trip in 2003

family mt st helensLaurie, Fenner and I examining the devastation of the Mt. St. Helens eruption in 2004

family scotts bluffMy Family at Scotts Bluff Nebraska in 2005


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