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Honors & Awards

  • Geerat Vermeij has been awarded the Addison Emery Verrill Medal by the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The medal honors singular individuals who have contributed to our understanding of natural history and natural sciences. From the Peabody Museum press release: "Vermeij...has transformed the field of evolutionary biology and advanced the field of paleo-biology by addressing the profound influences organisms have on each other's evolutionary histories."
  • Sandy Carlson is the recipient of the 2016 Encourage Award by the Association for Women Geoscientists. From AWG, "Your leadership initiative has helped to not only continue to foster the relationship between AWG and the Paleo Society, but to bring a whole new level of recognition to our awards for young women pursuing careers in paleontology. This is the definition of encouraging women in the geosciences!"
  • Isabel Montañez has been elected vice president (and president-elect) of the Geological Society of America beginning July 1, 2016.
  • Dawn Sumner has received the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division of the Geological Society of America. This award is bestowed in recognition of Dawn's continually high level of geobiological research and mentorship of exceptional student research. Notably, the distinguished career award is only presented to those who have significantly shaped the field of Geobiology and have demonstrated exceptional geobiological research and teaching.

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From the Chair

Professor and Chair Louise Kellogg

Professor and Chair Louise Kellogg

Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

As we begin the new year, the rainstorms are moving through the region, reminding us of Will Durant’s observation that "Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice".

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Diversity Statement

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is committed to creating a community that respects each person as an individual. We promote diversity, creativity, and rigorous intellectual inquiry for all members of our department and the University community, through excellence in research, teaching, mentoring, and service. Diversity and excellence – in perspectives, scientific approaches, and contributions to society – are the cornerstones of our success as a department. 

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Wednesday Seminar: 4 pm Wed in 55 Roessler

March 1, 2017: “From cratons to plate boundaries: Receiver functions and the structure of the continental lithosphere” – by Heather Ford, University of California, Riverside

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PBS NewsHour

Precarious Oroville Dam highlights challenges of California water management

From PBS NewsHour: At Northern California’s Lake Oroville, water levels receded Monday, stopping the overflow of water from the dam’s emergency spillway. This reduced the risk of immediate uncontrolled flooding -- but longer-term concerns remain. William Brangham speaks with Jeffrey Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California about the massive evacuation that took place and the outlook for the dam's future.

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