Frank Smith

Assistant Professor
Degrees
Ph.D.-Geology, University of Delaware (2014); MS-Geology, University of New Mexico (1987); BA-Geology, Rice University (1977)
Year Appointed
2018
Courses
Fall 2019
  • Physical Geology
  • Physical Geology Lab
Courses
Spring 2020
  • Historical Geology
  • Historical Geology Laboratory

Biography

In early to mid-career, Frank Smith worked as a field geologist in uranium and gold exploration, including a short stint as an ore control geologist in an underground gold mine. Fieldwork principally involved detailed field mapping, sampling, prospect evaluation, and reverse circulation drilling in many areas of the western United States. He also tutored math and science courses, and he
taught a conversational English course in Moscow, Russia. More recently, he has become an impact geologist, having earned a Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. B.P. Glass, a true pioneer in the field of impact geology. Recently, Dr. Smith taught (20x) an introductory course on the geology of the Solar System at the University of Delaware. In addition to the western U.S., he has conducted fieldwork in Iceland and Greenland, and he has examined rocks in several other parts of the U.S., as well as in Australia, South Africa, and Uzbekistan.

Research Interests
In collaboration with the Booksh spectroscopy group at the University of Delaware, he has used micro-Raman spectroscopy to search for and document shock-metamorphosed grains in several Precambrian spherule layers of putative impact origin. Using Raman microspectroscopic mapping and multivariate techniques, we have investigated lunar meteorites and are currently investigating samples of meteorites from Mars and the Main Asteroid Belt. He is beginning two new research projects in Montana, one related to impact geology, and the other to the history of geology, and invites undergraduates to participate in this research.

Recent Publications
Smith, J.P., E.C. Holahan, F.C. Smith, V. Marrero, and K.S. Booksh, 2019, A novel multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) methodology for application in hyperspectral Raman imaging analysis, Analyst, published online 13 August 2019, DOI: 10.1039/c9an00787c

Huber, M.S., C. Koeberl, F.C. Smith, B.P. Glass, R. Mundil, and I. McDonald, 2019, Geochemistry of a confirmed Precambrian impact ejecta deposit: The Graenseso spherule layer, South Greenland, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, DOI: 10.1111/maps.13271

Smith, J.P., F.C. Smith, and K.S. Booksh, 2018, Multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) with Raman imaging applied to lunar meteorites, Applied Spectroscopy, v. 72(3), 404-419, DOI: 10.1177/0003702817721715 [the journal editors recently selected this paper as one of the top papers published in this journal in 2018]

Smith, J.P., F.C. Smith, and K.S. Booksh, 2017, Spatial and spectral resolution of carbonaceous material from hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) using multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) with Raman microspectroscopic mapping: implications for the search for life on Mars, Analyst, v. 142, 3140-3156, DOI: 10.1039/c7an00481h [this paper was selected by the editors to be included in a special issue of "hot" papers]

Smith, J.P., F.C. Smith, A.E. Krull-Davatzes, B.M. Simonson, B.P. Glass, and K.S. Booksh, 2017, Raman microspectroscopic mapping with multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) of the high-pressure, alpha-PbO2-structured polymorph of titanium dioxide, TiO2-II, Chemical Data Collections, v. 9-10, 35-43, DOI: 10.1016/j.cdc.2017.02.005

Smith, J.P., F.C. Smith, J. Ottaway, A.E. Krull-Davatzes, B.M. Simonson, B.P. Glass, and K.S. Booksh, 2017, Raman microspectroscopic mapping with multivariate curve resolution-alternating least squares (MCR-ALS) applied to the high-pressure polymorph of titanium dioxide, TiO2-II, Applied Spectroscopy, v. 71(8), 1816-1833, DOI: 10.1177/0003702816687573

Smith, F.C., B.P. Glass, B.M. Simonson, J.P. Smith, A.E. Krull-Davatzes, and K.S. Booksh, 2016, Shock-metamorphosed rutile grains containing the high-pressure polymorph TiO2-II in four Neoarchean spherule layers, Geology, v. 44, 775-778; DOI: 10.1130/G38327.1