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Honors & Awards

  • Tessa Hill has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. "President Obama Honors Extraordinary Early-Career Scientists" -White House Press Release

  • Allison Rubin receives the GeoPRISMS Student Prize for best talk at the 2015 Fall AGU Meeting.

  • Graduate student Mark DeBlois has been awarded a 2015 Love of Learning Award from Phi Kappa Phi.

  • Graduate Student Andrew Fowler received an Outstanding Student Paper Award in the "Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology Section" at the Fall 2015 AGU Meeting. His presentation was titled, "Alteration of Crystalline and Glassy Basaltic Protolith by Seawater as Recorded by Drill Core and Drill Cutting Samples."

  • Professor Tessa Hill is among the first 15 Public Engagement Fellows named by the Leshner Leadership Institute at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The inaugural cohort focuses on climate science.

  • 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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positions available

Lecturers in Earth and Planetary Sciences, 2016-17

The Department and Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, anticipates openings for part-time Lecturers to teach courses during the 2016-17 academic year contingent upon the instructional needs of the department. posted 5/3/2016

Jr. Specialist, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Bodega Marine Laboratory, University of California, Davis

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Davis, invites applications for a Jr. Specialist appointment with the Bodega Marine Laboratory. posted 5/3/2016

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

May 4, 2016: “Seeing the grass through the trees: Effects of Neogene vegetation change on mammalian evolution in eastern Africa” – by Kevin Uno, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University

Student Chapter of American Institute of Professional Geologists: 6 pm Thu in 1316 Earth & Phy. Sci.

Thu, May 5, 2016: “An Evening with Roy Shlemon” – by Dr. Roy Shlemon, R.J. Shlemon & Associates, Inc.

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Sarah Stewart

The love of science fiction leads to a lifetime study of planetary evolution

from One of a Kind

Sarah Stewart
Shockwave Scientist/Moon Maven/Science Fiction Fan Girl

"I've always had a fascination with science fiction. It's partly why I chose to study planetary sciences, along with a love of physics and a belief in the likelihood of life beyond our solar system. Sometimes, I feel like I'm starring in a science fiction film. I get to play explorer, researching how large bodies impact planets and result in the unexpected. There is a tremendous feeling of excitement when I discover something new."

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