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Earth and Planetary Sciences news

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Honors & Awards

  • Graduate student Alisha Clark received a best poster award at the 2015 Annual Meeting of COMPRES in Colorado Springs. Her poster featured her work on "Pressure dependent elastic properties of amorphous silicates by GHz frequency ultrasonic interferometry and high pressure X-ray microtomography".

  • Professor Kari Cooper has been elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. She has made fundamental contributions to both the development of analytical techniques - most notably involving U-series nuclides - and the understanding of temporal and physical aspects of magma system histories. 

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

  • 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.

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From the Chair

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Professor and Chair Dawn Sumner

Dear Friends of Earth and Planetary Sciences,

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences—and the greater geology family—has lost a good friend. Rand Schaal unexpectedly and peacefully passed away overnight September 10-11, 2015 in Needles, California.

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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


Wednesday Seminar: 4 pm in 55 Roessler

October 7, 2015: “Biomineralisation, Heterogeneity and Palaeoproxies: insights from Atom-Scale Chemical Tomography” – by Oscar Branson

CIG Webinar: 2 pm in Adobe Connect

Thu, October 8, 2015: “An introduction to BurnMan - a mineral physics toolkit” – by Sanne Cottaar, Timo Heister, Bob Myhill, Ian Rose, and Cayman Unterborn, Various

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Tessa Hill

What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change

from Mark Bittman: California Matters

Tessa Hill has been researching ocean acidification at Bodega Marine Laboratory for eight years. New York food writer Mark Bittman braves the elements off the coast of California and learns how researchers are helping local and regional seafood producers monitor the effects of ocean acidification. NY Times article: What Oysters Reveal About Sea Change

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