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Michael Conway
Chief, Geologic Extension Service

ATTN: Michael Conway
1955 E. 6th St.
PO Box 210184
Tucson, Arizona 85721

Phone: 520.621.2352





  • B.S., Indiana University
  • M.S., Northern Arizona University
  • Ph.D., Michigan Technological University

Selected Publications

  • Conway FM and Hetz C, in review, Spatio-Temporal Attributes of Historical Graffiti at Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, Maricopa County, Arizona, 20 p.
  • Connor CB and Conway FM, 2001, Basaltic Volcanic Fields. 2000, Encyclopedia of Volcanoes, H. Sigurdsson, B. Houghton, S.R. McNutt, J. Stix (ed.).
  • Conway FM and Croxen FW III, 2000, Communicating Geoscience on the radio. Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 48, p. 603.
  • Rose WI, Conway FM, Pullinger CR, Deino A, McIntosh, B.,1999, An improved age framework for late Quaternary silicic eruptions in northern Central Arizona. Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 61, p. 106-120.
  • Conway FM, Connor CB, Hill BE, Condit CD, Mullaney K, and Hall CM, 1998, Recurrence rates of basaltic volcanism in SP Cluster, San Francisco volcanic field, Arizona.  Geology, v. 26, p. 655-658.
  • Conway FM, Ferrill D, Morris A, Condit C, 1997, 40Ar/39Ar ages from basaltic vents along the Mesa Butte fault in the San Francisco volcanic field, Arizona: Implications for longevity of cinder cone alignments. Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 102, p. 815-824.


I joined AZGS in April 2007 as their Science Outreach Officer and Section Chief of the Arizona Extension Service. From 1997 to 2007, I was a professor of geosciences at Arizona Western College, Yuma, Arizona; from 2002 to 2006 I was Director of the Honors Program.  Prior to that I was a research scientist at the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses in San Antonio, Texas. 

My training is in physical volcanology with especial emphasis on small-volume basaltic volcanism (re: cinder cones). In pursuit of basaltic lavas I’ve traveled to the Kamchatka Peninsula (Tolbachik system); San Francisco & Mormon Mountain volcanic fields of northern Arizona; the Big Pine volcanic field of Owens Valley, California; the Michoacán volcanic field of Mexico; the  Volcanic Highlands of Guatemala; as well as Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Colombia. 

Currently, my interests include Earth science outreach education and, oddly enough, GPS mapping and GIS analyses of Native American rock-art of southern Arizona.