Rob Zierenberg was a guest scientist aboard Leg 5 of the MBARI 2015 Gulf of California Expedition. The purpose of this leg was to study the seafloor-spreading ridges of the Alarcon Rise and Pescadero Basin and volcanic seamounts nearby, with the objective to understand the tectonic and volcanic processes of the ridges and the transition from spreading ridge to bounding transform faults.
"Sea change: What took decades to destroy in oceans took millennia to recover" - from UC Davis News. Tessa Hill is a co-author on this study.
"Impact vaporization of planetesimal cores in the late stages of planet formation" - Sarah Stewart is a co-author on the paper published in Nature Geoscience. Violent collisions between the growing Earth and other objects in the solar system generated significant amounts of iron vapor. Read more: http://mygeologypage.ucdavis.edu/stewart/Vaporization.html; http://blogs.ucdavis.edu/egghead
"Science at your door: Climate change impacts felt on West Coast" - from the Davis Enterprise. Tessa Hill is profiled in this series featuring UC Davis scientists who are presenting their work at the AAAS Annual Conference.
"Smothered oceans: Extreme oxygen loss in oceans accompanied past global climate change" - Tessa Hill is a co-author on this recent study published in PLOS ONE. The study arose from a graduate level course taught at UC Davis by Hill in winter 2013.
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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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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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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
Special Seminar: 4 pm in 1316 Earth & Phy. Sci.
Tue, April 28, 2015: “The lunar core dynamo” – by Ben Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wednesday Seminar: 4 pm in 55 Roessler
April 29, 2015: “Isotopic and lipid signatures of environmental limitations during microbial sulfate reduction” – by Dr. Tanja Bosak, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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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.