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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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positions available

Faculty position in Earth and Planetary Materials

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California Davis seeks an outstanding scholar whose study of the origin, transformation, or deformation of Earth and planetary materials addresses major processes in the solid Earth. posted 11/3/2015

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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Student Chapter of American Institute of Professional Geologists: 3 pm Wed in 1119 Earth & Phy. Sci.

Wed, December 2, 2015: “Career options in Geothermal Energy” – by Gene Suemnicht, EGS Inc.

Wednesday Seminar: 4 pm Wed in 55 Roessler

December 2, 2015: “A deep-time perspective on the emerging mass extinction in the oceans.” – by Jonathan Payne

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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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