About Us



Ralph Lewis: Connecticut State Geologist Emeritus

Ralph Lewis is a geologist with over 35 years of professional experience. He was the State Geologist of Connecticut between 1997 and 2003, and in this capacity he was responsible for overseeing the activities of the State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut. His research concentration has been the geologic framework and sediment system of Long Island Sound.

Ralph is now retired, but works as a part-time affiliate of the Long Island Sound Resource Center at the University of Connecticut-Avery Point where he is working on a geologic data and information portal for the Long Island Sound Resource Center web site (www.lisrc.uconn.edu). He is also currently a professor in residence in the Marine Sciences Department at UCONN-Avery Point, a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, and a former member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies.

Ralph is also involved with developing teacher-training programs utilizing the Connecticut Science Curriculum Framework. In 2008, Ralph received the Dr. Sigmund Abeles Award for "Outstanding Service to Science Education in Connecticut" from the Connecticut Science Teachers Association.



Jay Ague: Curator of Mineralogy and Meteoritics at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Jay Ague

Jay Ague is a Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. He studies the metamorphic and igneous rocks that are found in the deep roots of mountain belts. His research areas include earthquake hazards, volcanism, economic mineral deposits, and the global carbon cycle. Jay has led or participated in geological research expeditions around the world, including British Columbia, California, Greece, New England, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Spitzbergen, and Washington State.

Jay grew up in the Detroit area and earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He joined Yale as an Assistant Professor in 1988. He is heavily involved with the Yale Peabody Museum, including leading the development of the Museum's multimedia Hall of Minerals, Earth, and Space. He served as the Museum's Acting Director in 2008, and has served as the Principal Investigator on the two grants from the National Science Foundation that produced these Virtual Field Investigations and the Connecticut Geology Guide.

Jay has published widely in scientific journals, co-authored a popular textbook on rock formation, was the Senior Editor of the American Journal of Science from 1998-2008, and has given numerous invited presentations, distinguished lectures, and keynote speeches. He has served as a mentor for more than 30 students and postdoctoral associates.



This Virtual Field Investigation project is made possible through a generous contribution from the National Science Foundation, through a grant from the Geosciences Directorate (GEO 1034969) to Principal Investigators Jay J. Ague, David M. Heiser, and Jane Pickering at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.



Video and Interactive Design: Kent Golden

Golden Multimedia

Educational Content: David Heiser and Jim Sirch

Narration: Laura Fawcett

Additional Image Credits: Danny A. Brass, Larry Bonneau, Tout pour la science, SehLax, Albins, Adrian Pingstone, Spacecat, Daniel Schwen, Dsw4, Smith609, U.S. Geological Survey


Special Thanks:

Jane Pickering

Harry Shyket