Structural Geology and Tectonics

Structural Geology and Tectonics

The program in Structural Geology and Tectonics encompasses a wide variety of subjects, and a wide variety of areas all over the world. The common themes of our research are to understand the deformation of the Earth's crust and to reconstruct its history through geologic time. We approach these studies from many different perspectives, including global synthesis, field studies, materials science, theoretical analysis, and numerical modeling.

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

The Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Group at the University of California, Davis has a wide range of research interests and active research projects. We have a common interest in the petrology of intermediate to mafic and ultramafic rocks, fluid-rock interactions, and the application of petrology to regional and global scale geologic problems. There is an unusual degree of cooperation among structural geologists and petrologists in our department.

Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental Change

Paleoclimate and Paleoenvironmental Change

The UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences department has outstanding facilities to support work done in sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleoceanography, paleomagetism, and low temperature geochemistry.

Paleobiology

Paleobiology

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences offers interdisciplinary curricula in paleobiology, leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Research opportunities exist in invertebrate and vertebrate paleontology, evolutionary biology, phylogenetic inference, paleoecology, functional morphology, biogeography, geomicrobiology, paleoclimatology, and biogeochemistry.

Geophysics

Geophysics

Geophysicists aim to understand the dynamics of the Earth through research on the physical processes, properties, and structure of the planet on which we live. The Geophysics group at UC Davis is involved in a diverse spectrum of research activities including geodynamics, marine geophysics, seismology, paleomagnetism, geodesy, natural hazards, and tectonics. In their research, faculty and students in geophysics use theoretical modeling, computer simulations, data analyses, laboratory experimentation, and land and marine field observations.

Geochemistry

Geochemistry

The Earth and Planetary Sciences department at UC Davis offers interdisciplinary curricula in geochemistry. Tools involve the use of stable isotope and trace element mass spectrometry to address problems in aqueous, marine and environmental geochemistry, and studies applied to sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous systems. Our students are encouraged to design individual academic programs involving both empirical and theoretical approaches.

Planetary Science

Planetary Science

The Planetary group at UC Davis combines expertise in geochemical studies of extraterrestrial materials, experiments and modeling of major geophysical processes, and developing geobiological approaches to search for life on other planets. Current research includes exploration of ancient environments on Mars, timescales of planet formation, giant impacts and lunar origin, and the formation of the early terrestrial atmospheres.

NEAT

Nanophases in the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology

NEAT (Nanophases in the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology) is a multidisciplinary research and education program which links the fundamental physics, chemistry, and engineering of small particles and nanomaterials to several challenging areas of investigation:

Earth-Surface Processes

Earth-Surface Processes

Earth-surface processes shape the landscape, drive sediment flux, and interact with global systems such as climate and even tectonics.  These processes act over geological time scales as well as shorter, human time.  Because earth-surface processes intersect the human realm, research in this area often is relevant to society. For example, when rates of surficial processes such as down-slope movement or coastal erosion are rapid, or act episodically, they can become hazards that threaten human life and property.