• 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

  • Howie Spero has been chosen as the Faculty Research Lecturer for 2014. The Faculty Research Lecture Award is the highest honor the Davis Division of the Academic Senate accords its members.

  • Geology graduate students Jessica Hosfelt and Chad Trexler have each received an Honorable Mention for their Graduate Research Fellowship proposals to NSF.

  • Geology graduate student Mark Stelten was named as a recipient of an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section of AGU for his presentation, "The mechanisms and timescales of rhyolite generation at Yellowstone caldera:  New insights from 238U-230Th crystallization ages, trace-elements and isotope composition of zircon and sanadine," presented at the 2013 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

  • Associate Professor Tessa Hill has earned the prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Development award. NSF's Faculty Early Career Development Program supports junior faculty who perform outstanding research, are excellent educators, and integrate education and research in their work.

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From the Chair

Louise Kellogg in the UC Davis Arboretum.

Professor and Acting Chair Louise Kellogg

I am happy to announce that the department's name has changed from Geology to Earth & Planetary Sciences. This new name reflects the extraordinary breadth of intellectual activity in the department. I appreciate the efforts of all the individuals who wrote the name change proposal....

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positions available

2014-2015 Part-time Lecturer in Earth and Planetary Sciences Pool

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, anticipates openings for temporary, part-time Lecturers to teach undergraduate courses during the 2014-15 academic year contingent upon the instructional needs of the department. posted 4/7/2014

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M.S. Exit Talk: noon in 1317 Earth & Phy. Sci.

Wed, August 13, 2014: “Refining Geochemical Estimates of Carboniferous Glacioeustasy: An Integrated Stratigraphic and Conodont Oxygen Isotope Study” – by Julie M. Griffin, University of California - Davis, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Tyler Mackey

Life on the Ice

Visual journalist Karl Drury and journalist, Deidre Mussen, were invited by Antarctica New Zealand to spend two weeks in Antarctica from late November as part of its media programme. Their assignment included profiling people working on the ice to highlight the reality of life on the world's southernmost continent. Tyler Mackey, UC Davis PhD student in geology, is featured.

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