Dr. Pat Abbott has been a professor at San Diego State University since 1977. During that time, not only has he advised numerous geology theses, he also developed the popular general education course, 'Natural Disasters'. Pat' research interests include sedimentology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks of southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico, correlation of tectonically displaced terranes, impact of humankind upon the earth, ancient soils and climates, archaeological geology, carbonate depositional environments, and hydrology.
He has had the public eye for the last two decades with several appearances on television and radio as well as frequent coverage of professional activities in all local newspapers. Since Pat's retirement he has continued revisions to his text book on Natural Disasters, traveled the world giving scientific lectures on cruise lines, and has been recognized for his untiring devotion and service to the geologic community, receiving the A. Eugene Fritsche Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Section SEPM.