Jeffrey Greenberg, Ph.D.

Professor of Geology
On Faculty since 1986

Phone: (630)752-5866


PhD, Geology, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1978

MS, Geology/Geophysics, Univ. of Kentucky, 1975 

BS, Geology, Florida State Univ., 1973

About Jeffrey Greenberg

Dr. Greenberg has served on Wheaton’s faculty for over thirty years. He is married and the father of five children, the older four being adopted. His prior employment was with the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey in Madison.

Courses Taught

First Year Seminar

Physical Geology

Structural Geology



Chemistry of the Earth

Physics of the Earth

Theories of Origins

Appropriate Technology and the Environment

Field Geology

Environmental Geology in the Field

Senior Seminar

Membership in Professional Societies

Geological Society of America (Fellow)

Affiliation of Christian Geologists

Association of Geoscientists for International Development

National Association of Geology Teachers

Geological Association of Canada (Fellow)

American Scientific Affiliation (Fellow)

Junior Teacher of the Year, Wheaton College (1991)

Phi Beta Kappa


Greenberg’s research interests are very broad and have shifted from igneous petrology and tectonics to applied geophysics and geochemistry, Precambrian continental development, and more recently to the relevance of geoscience to issues in international community development. He began investigative work with undergraduate studies of ultramafic rock bodies in the southern Appalachians. This interest matured into a master’s thesis project at the University of Kentucky utilizing geophysical and structural analysis of a region in south-central Virginia. While at UK, he completed various surveys of the gravity fields over counties and igneous rock-bodies. His doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina included thesis work on the suite of “Younger Granites” in the Eastern Desert of Egypt as well as a research assistantship cataloguing the potential of uranium resources in crystalline rocks of the eastern U.S. He also served as a cooperating petrographer for Ebasco consultants investigating the characteristics of andesitic volcanic rocks from the western Philippines. Greenberg’s post doctoral activities in Wisconsin continued to focus on investigations of igneous geology and the tectonics of complex crystalline terranes. Over an eight-year tenure with UW, he added a public-policy component to his work and produced several geologic maps of northern Wisconsin. Also, he is coauthor of the Wisconsin state bedrock geology map. Before leaving Wisconsin for Wheaton College, Greenberg undertook responsibility for state consultation on matters of natural-resource issues. His teaching duties in Wisconsin were few, including some lecturing to undergraduates at UW and Edgewood College and seminar/research advising of graduate students.

While on staff at Wheaton College, Greenberg found it necessary to change emphasis from research to teaching, institutional service, and administration. He has taught twenty-one different courses at various times over the sixteen years. In addition to Department Chair, he has twice chaired the Faculty Development Committee, sat on Faculty Council, advised the student Earthkeepers and Voice For Life groups, and established the college’s Environmental Science degree program. Efforts in “scholarship” have included a scaled-down project with the origin of granites (article published in a Special Paper of the Geological Association of Canada and leadership in a field conference for the International Geological Correlation Project). He retains a keen interest in the full natural and human scope of Florida’s Everglades. This area is seen as a tremendous case study of the interaction among many aspects of Creation. In 1993, Greenberg made a study of the Everglades system as the heart of his sabbatical leave. Other writing projects have emphasized geoscience education, issues of faith and the environment, and issues of faith and sciences. Various investigative activities with students include supervision of HNGR (Human Needs and Global Resources program) interns on natural-resource projects, study problems in the South Dakota Black Hills (geologic mapping of complex metamorphic terranes, petrography of basaltic sill magmas, and provenance analysis of heavy-mineral suites from stream sediment), analysis of clay mineral components from Yucatan pottery, and investigation of geologic conditions around two Superfund sites in northern Illinois. All of these studies have been presented in one form or another at meetings of professional scientists. 

Most recently Greenberg has supervised outreach-research projects for Geology majors in South Africa and Tanzania. He is Editor-author for a Geological Society of America book on Geoscience for the Public Good and International Development (2016), and Editor-author for a future book encouraging Science vocations among Christians.

Greenberg is a member of a local evangelical church in Wheaton, where he is a member of the Missions Committee. He is quite interested in the application of earth-science knowledge in missions and community development work. He has been a frequent guest instructor for YWAM (Youth With a Mission) at their University of the Nations base in Kona, Hawaii.

Papers Published and/or Presented

Individual research: Tectonic history of Precambrian terranes, Granite petrogenesis

With Students: Studies of Black Hills geology, Integrated investigation of groundwater, Haiti and Kosovo.

Selected papers published and/or presented:

Greenberg, J.K., and others, 2007, Co-operative sanitation project, Pellsrus Township, South Africa: Waterlines, v. 26, no. 2, p. 18-20. 

Greenberg, J.K., 2006, The Hebrew Scriptures and Geology, manuscript prepared for the 32nd International Geological Congress, Florence, Italy, published in the congress proceedings).

Greenberg, J.K., 2006, A Modular Program for Applied Research-Training in Interdisciplinary Geoscience: Geol. Soc. Amer. Abs./Prog., v.38, p. 34.

Greenberg, J.K. and others, 2005, Littoral Zone Contamination and Integrated Waste Water Abatement, Pellsrus Township, Republic of South Africa: Geol. Soc. Amer. Abs./Prog., v.37, p. 27

Moshier, S.O., Greenberg, J.K. and Maas, D.E., 2003, Geology at Evangelical Wheaton College: History and Approaches: Geol. Soc. Amer. Abs./Prog., v.35, p. 219.

Greenberg, Jeffrey K., 2003. Geological Framework of an Evolving Creation. In, Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, p. 123-151.

Greenberg, Jeffrey K., 2003. An Evolving Creation and Environmental Issues. In, Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, p. 393-413.

Greenberg, Jeffrey K., 2002. Indoor Field Study for Structural Geology Course. Journal of Geol. Education. 50(5), p. 575-582.

Noetzel, Lacy D., Engblom, Josiah N. and Greenberg, Jeffrey K., 2001. Provenance and Drainage Dynamics of Black Hills, SD Streams, Interpreted from Heavy Mineral Suites. Geol. Soc. Amer. Abs./ Prog., North-Central Sect. 33(A-51).

Mickelson, John E., Moore, Joel, and Greenberg, Jeffrey K., 2000. Composition and Tectonic Character of Paleoproterozoic Basaltic Sills from the Eastern Black Hills, SD. Geol. Soc. Amer. Abs/Prog., North-Central Sect. 32(A-52).

Greenberg Jeffrey K., 2000. Missionary Interns from Wheaton College, IL. Geosci. and Develop. 6(28).

Greenberg, Jeffrey K., 1991. Anorogenic granite associations as products of progressive continental evolution. Mid-Proterozoic Laurentia-Baltica, Gower, C.F., and others (Eds.). Geol. Assoc. Canada, Spec. Paper 38: 447-457.

Greenberg, Jeffrey K., and Brown, B.A., 1986. Bedrock geologic map of Portage County, Wisconsin; Wisconsin Geol. And Nat. Hist. Survey, County Map Series, scale 1:100,000.

Greenberg, Jeffrey K., and Brown, B.A., 1983. Middle Proterozoic to Cambrian rocks in central Wisconsin: Anorogenic sedimentary and igneous activity; Field guide for the 17th Northcentral Geol. Soc. Amer. Meeting, Madison, 50 p.

Greenberg, Jeffrey K., 1981. Characteristics and origin of Egyptian younger granites. Geol. Soc. Amer. Bull. Pt. I, 92:224-232; Pt. II, 92:749-840.

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