James Murowchick

Ph: (816) 235-2979
Email: murowchickj@umkc.edu


The son of an industrial mineralogist, Professor Murowchick joined UMKC in 1988.  He helped develop and direct UMKC’s SEARCH undergraduate research program, and has mentored numerous students conducting undergraduate research projects.  Dr. Murowchick has pursued geologic research topics ranging from the mineralogy of iron sulfides to the formation of ore deposits in Canada, China, Mexico, Marshall Islands, and the US.  He is an avid birder and enjoys woodworking, scale aircraft modelling, lepidoptery, photography, and guitar.

  • Courses:  Mineralogy and geochemistry, optical and electron microscopy, field geology, and X ray diffraction methods.
  • Academic Credentials: MS and PhD in Geochemistry & Mineralogy, Pennsylvania State University; BS Geology University of Illinois.  Post-doc in stable isotope geochemistry, University of Alberta
  • Publications or Professional Achievements:  Dr. Murowchick has authored or co-authored more than 65 papers on iron sulfide minerals, ore deposits, deterioration of architectural stone, and development of new materials for solar panels, catalysts, and pharmaceuticals.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and was the inaugural recipient of UMKC’s “James B Murowchick Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Research”.