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Honors & Awards

  • Graduate student Erik Davies has received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for his research on the “Thermodynamics and Mechanics of Large Impacts”.

  • Isabel Montanez has been named a 2016 Geochemical Fellow by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. The honorary title of Geochemistry Fellow is bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry.

  • 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."

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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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positions available

Junior 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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Special Seminar: noon Wed, Jul 20th in 1316 Earth & Phy. Sci.

Wed, July 20, 2016: “Andrew Fowler Exit Talk”

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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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