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Honors & Awards

  • Isabel Montañez is the 2017 recipient of the Laurence L. Sloss Award. The award is given annually by the Geological Society of America in recognition of outstanding career contributions to the interdisciplinary field of sedimentary geology. This award is the Sedimentary Geology Division's highest honor; it is given in recognition of Professor Montañez's sustained level of scientific contributions to sedimentary geology, service to the society, and inspiration to many young women geoscientists.
  • Geology graduate students Carina Fish and Mike Huh are among the 2017 Grad Slam top ten finalists.
  • 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."

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From the Chair

Professor and Chair Louise Kellogg

Professor and Chair Louise Kellogg

Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

A former student recently admired our rock garden and the story it tells of California's geologic history and its impact on the people who live here. The rock garden was made possible...

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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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Friday Brown Bag: noon Fri in 1316 Earth & Phy. Sci.

May 26, 2017: “Chronology of Martian magmatism from analysis of shergottite meteorites” – by Dr. Tony Irving, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle

Wednesday Seminar: 4 pm Wed in 55 Roessler

May 31, 2017: “Stable isotope evidence for hominin environments in East Africa” – by Thure Cerling, University of Utah

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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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