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Eldridge Moores

Eldridge M. Moores | In memoriam: 1938-2018

Our colleague and dear friend, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Eldridge Moores, passed away on October 28th. Eldridge's vision, leadership, and compassion were the soul of this department. His family and his many friends and colleagues here at UC Davis and around the world are grieving from this untimely loss.


Sujoy MukhopadhyaySujoy MukhopadhyayMantle Neon Illuminates Earth’s Formation

From UC Davis News: The Earth formed relatively quickly from the cloud of dust and gas around the sun, trapping water and gases in the planet’s mantle, according to research published Dec. 5 in the journal Nature. Apart from settling Earth’s origins, the work could help in identifying extrasolar systems that could support habitable planets. 

Drawing on data from the depths of the Earth to deep space, University of California, Davis, Professor Sujoy Mukhopadhyay and postdoctoral researcher Curtis Williams used neon isotopes to show how the planet formed. read more

Picnic Day | ‘Adventure Awaits'
The Picnic Day board of directors last week announced the theme of the 105th event as “Adventure Awaits,” which, according to Chair Elise Pohlhammer “captures both that Picnic Day itself is a day of adventure, exploration and opportunity, and that coming to Davis for school is an adventure in its own right.” The board further emphasized the adventure theme by choosing as parade marshal a planetary scientist: Sarah Stewart, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences who recently received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellows grant. read more

David GoldDavid GoldFirst Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

From UC Davis News: Jellyfish undergo an amazing metamorphosis, from tiny polyps growing on the seafloor to swimming medusae with stinging tentacles. This shape-shifting has served them well, shepherding jellyfish through more than 500 million years of mass extinctions on Earth.

“Whatever they’re doing has really worked for them,” said Assistant Professor David Gold, a lead researcher on the genome study. read more

Sarah StewartSarah Stewart | This Planetary Scientist Is Now a Certified Genius

From space.com: "I was sitting where I am now at my desk, and I usually do the caller-ID-screening thing, but it was a Chicago number and I thought, 'Oh, Chicago, that's fun, so I'll pick up the phone," Sarah Stewart told Space.com. After the trio on the other end identified themselves with the MacArthur Foundation, "I just didn't hear anything that came next, because I guessed that they were calling about this thing and it was a complete surprise for me, so I went into shock," she continued. (They told her they're used to that.) read more

Robert ZierenbergRob Zierenberg | Interdisciplinary Investigation of a New Hydrothermal Vent Field

Interdisciplinary Investigation of a New Hydrothermal Vent Field: The Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) ship R/V Falkor conducted research at hydrothermal vents in the Pescadero Basin, off shore of Baja, Mexico in November 2018. Initial dives used a state of the art mapping system built by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) that featured co-registered photo mosaicking, multi-beam sonar, and LIDAR to map the geology and biology at centimeter scale resolution. Later dives collected geological, geochemical, biological, and microbiologic samples. Blogs are available in both English and Spanish, and with some bilingual dive narration as well. Professor Emeritus Rob Zierenberg was the Chief Scientist for the cruise.

Leading Women in Marine Science | Veronica Vriesman
Geology graduate student Veronica Vriesman was interviewed by Hannah Rudd for the Leading Women in Marine Science series

Alumni Profile: Geology Grad Pursues Adventure-Writing Career | Mike Bezemek
Mike Bezemek (B.A., geology, ’03), a freelance writer and photographer, has crafted a career that combines his passion for natural landscapes with his love of literature and writing.

Max RudolphLA Times | A San Andreas fault mystery: The 'slow-moving disaster' in an area where the Big One is feared

"The San Andreas fault begins its dangerous dance through California at the Salton Sea, at a spot that seismologists long have feared could be the epicenter of a massive earthquake. But in recent months, this desolate location where the North American and Pacific plates rub together has become the focus of intense interest for a type of movement that is less the Big One than the Slow One."

Assistant Professor Max Rudolph, who studies geothermal activity in the Salton Trough, comments on the geologic history of the area.

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Professors for the Future | Veronica Prush & Barbara Wortham

Geology graduate students Veronica Prush and Babs Wortham are 2018-19 Professors for the Future (PFTF) Fellows. PFTF is a year-long competitive fellowship program designed to recognize and develop the leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity, and academic service

Isabel MontanezIsabel Montañez | Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal

Professor Isabel Montañez  will receive the 2019 Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal from the European Geophysical Union (EGU) Division of Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Paleontology at the EGU 2019 General Assembly in Vienna, Austria (April 7-12). The medal is awarded to scientists for their exceptional contributions to stratigraphy, sedimentology or paleontology.

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