• Students mapping in the field.
  • Field work in remotest China, to measure the slip rate along the Altyn Tagh fault.
  • Undergrads in Hawaii.
  • Walking on Lake Vanda in Wright Valley, Victoria Land, Ross Dependency, Antarctica.
  • Students mapping.
  • Rafting through the Grand Canyon.

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Honors & Awards

  • Graduate student Mark DeBlois has been awarded the UC Davis Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship for 2015-2016.

  • Graduate students Alisha Clark (Mineral and Rock Physics), Austin Elliott (Tectonophysics), and Mark Stelten (Volcanology, Geochemistry and Petrology) receive Outstanding Student Paper Awards at the Fall 2014 AGU Meeting.

  • Professor Tessa Hill has been named a 2014-15 Chancellor's Fellow. The Chancellor’s Fellows program began in 2000 as a way to recognize faculty in the early stages of their careers, for outstanding research and teaching, as well as service to the university.

  • Professor Tessa Hill has been named an Academy Fellow by the California Academy of Sciences. The Academy Fellows are a governing group of over 400 distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences.

  • Professor Sarah Stewart is the new president elect for the AGU planetary sciences section. Her term begins on 1 January 2015; she will serve a 2-year term.

  • Professor Emeritus Peter Schiffman has been appointed as a 2014-15 Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professor. The Professorship was established to support worthy projects and to benefit the campus' research, teaching, and public service mission.  Peter plans to use this award to support student geothermal research.

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From the Chair

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

I am pleased to announce the latest edition of the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading about the teaching and research currently going on in the department.

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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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positions available

2015-2016 Part-time Lecturer Positions

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, anticipates openings for part-time Lecturers to teach undergraduate courses during the 2015-16 academic year contingent upon the instructional needs of the department. posted 3/13/2015


No seminar or talk is scheduled in the next seven days.

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Mission To Antarctica

Why would geologists be studying bacteria at the bottom of a lake in Antarctica to better understand whether life once existed on other planets? Learning how microbial communities affect the shaping of bio-chemical structures called stromatolites could help researchers understand whether living bacteria was present in the formation of geological structures on Mars.

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