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William Hoyt

William Hoyt

Professor of Oceanography

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2487
(970) 351-4197
3235B Ross Hall
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado

Campus Box 100
Greeley, CO 80639


Ph.D.  University of Delaware, Geology

M. S.  State University of New York at Albany, Marine Geology

A. B.  Middlebury College, Environmental Studies (Geology)

Professional/Academic Experience

2013-present  Earth&Atmospheric Sci. Department, Chair 

2011-2013    School of Earth Sciences & Physics, Director

2008-2015    MSP subcontract w/CSU:  Pathways, Principal Investigator

2007-2010    MSP-CO subcon.w/CSU: Midd. Sch., Principal Investigator

2005-2010    GK-12 Track II Front Range Impacts, Principal Investigator 

2005-2008    School of Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics, UNC, Director

1999-2005   Earth Sciences Department, Chair

1998       Sea Education Association, Chief Scientist

Research/Areas of Interest

A marine geologist and sedimentologist by training, I have continued to be active in studies of coral reefs, both ancient and modern.  In more recent years, I have focused my attention on earth systems and science education as it applies to K-12 settings, with grants mostly from NSF, EPA, and the Colorado Department of Education. 

Overall in my career, I have been involved in acquiring and administering about $5 million in external grants and contracts.  I currently serve as Secretary of the Poudre Learning Center, Chair of the Friends of Union Colony Schools, and I have been an officer for many state, regional, and national professional organizations.

Publications/Creative Works

Dallegge, T. and Hoyt, W., 2016, Preparing Geology Students for Careers in the “New” Energy Industry, 2016, The Professional Geologist, v. 53, no. 1, p. 50-52.

Hoyt, W. and Urban, M., 2015, The Value of Professional Internships, The Professional Geologist, American Institute of Professional Geologist, v. 55, no. 1, p. 21-24.

Hoyt, W. H., 1991, Migrating east Australian barriers and reefs under Greenhouse scenario, in Kraus, N. C., Gingerich, K. J., and Kriebel, D. L., eds., Coastal Sediments '91, American Society of Civil Engineers, v. 2, p. 1329-1342.

Precht, W. F., and Hoyt, W. H., 1991, Reef facies distribution patterns, Pleistocene (125 Ka) Falmouth Formation, Rio Bueno, Jamaica, W.I., American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 75, 33,p. 656.

Hoyt, W. H., Kraft, J. C., and Chrzastowski, M. J., 1990, Prospecting for submerged archaeological sites on the continental shelf; Southern mid-Atlantic Bight of North America in Lasca, N. P., and Donahue, J., eds., Archaeological geology of North America:  Boulder, Colorado, Geological Society of America, Centennial Special Volume 4, p. 147-160.