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  • Learning in Hawaii.
  • Mapping at Summer Field.
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Honors & Awards

  • 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.
  • Chip Lesher has been named a 2016 Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Society Fellows are chosen in recognition of their distinguished contributions to the geosciences. In Chip's case, he was nominated for his "innovative studies of the chemistry and physics of magmatic systems with particular reference to physical and transport properties that impact the differentiation of Earth and the planets."

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From the Chair

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

Professor Emeritus Charles Higgins passed away on May 16, 2016, at the age of 90.

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There are currently no academic positions available in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at UC Davis.

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

September 28, 2016: “No Seminar - Geological Society of America Annual Meeting”

Fall Welcome: 3 pm Thu in 1347 Storer Hall

Thu, September 29, 2016: “Marine and Coastal Science Meet & Greet & Eat”

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Dawn Sumner

Oxygen Oases in Lakes May Have Heralded the Great Oxidation Event

Professor Dawn Sumner discusses her most recent ideas on how we got O2 in the atmosphere.

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