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Dr. Katayoun Mobasher

Title: Professor
Phone: 678-717-3862

Office: Science, Engineering, Tech, 211, Gainesville
Science, Engineering, Tech, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Petrology, Structural Geology, GIS, Remote Sensing


Dr. Mobasher is a faculty member in the Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (IESA).  She began her academic career in 2001 as a teaching assistant at Georgia State University. In 2005 she worked as a lecturer of geology at Berry College in Rome, GA teaching environmental geology, and introductory geology courses and labs. She then moved to Georgia State University and worked as a visiting instructor of geology teaching introductory geology courses and Introductions to Earth’s Materials. Dr. Mobasher came to the Gainesville campus in 2008 as an assistance professor of geology. She became an associate professor in 2012 at UNG. Dr. Mobasher is a certified GIS Professional (GISP).


Courses Taught

GEOL 1121K- Physical Geology

GEOL 1122K- Historical Geology

GEOL 3010K- Introduction to Earth’s Materials

GISC 2011/2011L- Geographic Information Science/Lab

GISC 3100- Seminar in Geospatial Technology


  • Ph.D., Geology, Georgia State University, 2007
  • M.S., Petrology, Azad University, 1998
  • B.S., Geology, Shahid Beheshti University, 1995

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Mobasher has research interests in:

  • Structural Geology,  Geographic Information Science (GIS), Remote sensing
    • Kinematic and tectonic analysis of the fold- and fault-related fracture systems in fold and thrust belts
    • Structural analysis of ophiolitic complex using GIS and remote sensing
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
    • Bimodal volcanism and magma mingling
    • Accretionary prism, arc volcanism, and supra-subduction zones
  • Medical Geology and GIS
    • Effects of geological environments on human health
  • Geodatabase design and ArcGIS Online
    • Developing a virtual field guide for Georgia


Dr. Mobasher has published and presented aspects of her research in the areas of structural geology, petrology and geochemistry, GIS and remote sensing applications in geology and education. She has written several grants and remains active in mentoring student projects.  


Khalatbari Jafari, M., Sepehr, H., Mobasher, K., 2015. Tectonomagmatic Evolution of The South Dehshir Ophiolite, Central Iran, Geological Magazine, Cambridge University Press Doi: 10-1017/S0016756815000618

Mobasher, K., Babaie, H.A., 2008. Kinematic Significance of Fold- and Fault-related Fracture Systems in the Zagros Mountains, Southern Iran – Tectonophysics, Volume 451, Issues 1-4, 2008, Pages 156-169. Asia out of Tethys: Geochronologic, Tectonic and Sedimentary Records.

Mobasher, K., 2007. Kinematic and tectonic significance of the fold- and fault-related fracture systems in the Zagros Mountains, Southern Iran: Ph.D. Dissertation, Georgia State University,

Shojaat, B., Ghazi, A. M., Hassanipak, A.A., Mobasher, K., 2003. Petrology, geochemistry, and tectonics of the Sabzevar ophiolite, north central Iran. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 21, no.9 (2003) p.1053-1067


Mobasher, K., Geospatial Apps for Geological Data Collection, U.S. Geological Survey, May 2019

Witherspoon, W.D., Mobasher, K., The Roadside Geology Series as a Geoscience Education Resource, Southeastern Section - 67th Annual Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 50, No. 3 - doi: 10.1130/abs/2018SE-312902, 2018

J.B. Sharma, JB., West, L., Mobasher, K., Sileshi, R., Bender. M., From STEM to STEAM - 3D Digital Fabrication and Design in STEM Teaching and Research; Association of American Colleges & Universities - Project Kaleidoscope (AACU-PKAL), 2018

Moore, L., Mobasher, K., Miller, Z., The Application of Hyperspectral Imaging to Geological Studies, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 49, No. 6 - doi: 10.1130/abs/2017AM-305500, 2017

Mobasher, K., Atlanta Geological Society, Talk Topic: Interactive GIS-Based Geological Field Guide and Geodatabase for Georgia, 2017

Mobasher, K., Turk, J., Witherspoon, W., Hoynes, J., Botticher, J., The story of geology of Georgia told using ESRI’s story map journal and Gigapan©; GIS-Pro 2016: URISA's 54th Annual Conference, October 2016

Botticher J., Mobasher, K., Jerry Allison., Petrographic analysis of Panola Mountain, Georgia; Georgia Undergraduate Research Conference (GURC), October 2016

Mobasher, K., Turk, J., Witherspoon, W., Tate, L., Joshua, Hoynes., Enhancement of a Virtual Geology Field Guide of Georgia Initiative Using Gigapan© and ArcGIS Online’s Story Map; Abstract ED31C-0917 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 14-18 Dec.

Mobasher, K., Turk, J., Tate, L., Facilitating Student Engagement in Geosciences through Development of a Virtual Geo-Database for Georgia Using ArcGIS Online; Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 47, No. 2, p.11- March 2015

Mobasher, K., Geology applications of ArcGIS Online. University of North Georgia, GIS Day- November 2015

Mobasher, K., Turk, J., Tate, L., 2014, Developing an interactive geologic field guide for Georgia using ArcGIS Online, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 46, No. 6, p.242

Kraemer, C., Mobasher, K., Robertson, D., 2012, Teaching Topographic map concepts to visually Impaired Student in a Physical geology Course using Tactile Maps- Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 44, No. 7, p.100.

Work Experience

Dr. Mobasher worked at Shahid Beheshti University’s geology department as a teaching assistant. She worked at Negareh Computer Company, Geomatic Division as a GIS and Remote Sensing Analyst for two years. Dr. Mobasher has worked in the University System of Georgia since 2007.

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