Our colleague and dear friend, Senior Lecturer Emeritus Richard Cowen, passed away on January 8, 2020. A gentleman and a scholar, Richard's teaching excellence inspired thousands of students, as well as UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences faculty and staff. Messages of sympathy and memories of Richard may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to have your message included on our Memories of Richard page, please let us know.
From UC Davis News: A new understanding of our planet’s deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth. Magali Billen builds numerical simulations of subduction zones, where one plate sinks below another, to better understand the forces controlling plate tectonics. Her recent work helps explain the distribution of deep earthquakes, showing that they most often strike in regions of “high strain” where a sinking tectonic plate bends and folds. Her findings were published May 27 in the journal Science Advances.
Sandra Carlson | One of the Most Downloaded Articles in the Past Year - Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Sandra Carlson's research article The Evolution of Brachiopoda was one of the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences' most downloaded articles in the past year. The Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, in publication since 1973, covers significant developments in all areas of earth and planetary sciences, from climate, environment, and geological hazards to the formation of planets and the evolution of life.
Give Day 2020 | Summer Field Geology Challenge
From International Business Times: A new study has revealed that the molten core of Earth might be leaking iron. According to the authors of the study, it is possible that the core has been leaking iron for billions of years now. The new study was conducted by a team of scientists led by geology professor Charles Lesher of the University of California Davis. Their findings were presented in a new study published in the journal Nature Geosciences.
New York Times | by Christopher Flavelle and John Schwartz: "...FEMA requires local officials to ensure that the ground floor of every new or repaired building is at least as high as the expected peak of a major flood. Yet as many as 112,480 structures nationwide fail that test despite being built after the rules took effect, typically decades ago, according to FEMA data analyzed for The Times by Naomi Kalman, a geographic information specialist at the University of California, Davis, and her colleagues."
Ryosuke Motani | One of the top 100 downloaded papers for Scientific Reports in 2019.
Ryosuke Motani's research article Early Triassic marine reptile representing the oldest record of unusually small eyes in reptiles indicating non-visual prey detection received 10, 009 article downloads in 2019, placing it as one of the top 100 downloaded papers for Scientific Reports in 2019.
From abc10.com: The last drought in California was so catastrophic, some of the hardest hit communities still haven’t recovered. Dr. Jeffrey Mount, University of California, Davis professor emeritus and member of the Public Policy Institute of California, refers to the old adage, "The longer it's been since the last drought, the closer we are to the next. We know it's going to happen. It’s just a matter of time. Does it begin next year?"
I study mostly volcanic rocks. In order to understand how and why volcanoes erupt, we need to look both below the surface and back in time - my research focuses on reconstructing the processes that lead to volcanic eruptions.i am a geochemist.