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New Geology Paper on the route of the ancient Colorado River

Brennan O’Connell, Rebecca Dorsey, and Eugene Humphreys recently published a paper in Geology in which they describe tidal sedimentary facies and layered rhythmites that provide evidence for a more northerly extent of the Gulf of California during Pliocene time. This result suggests that ...

Winter 2017 Department Seminar Schedule

Some talks this term will be by candidates for our open faculty positions.  These will not be at our normal Wednesday afternoon time and place.

 Please refer back to this page for anticipated schedule updates and changes.

January 11, 4:00-5:20 pm, 110 Willamette Hall:  Emily Brodsky ...

Mega-earthquakes rupture flat megathrusts

Check out this new study in Science by our own Quentin Bletery, Amanda Thomas, Alan Rempel, and Leif Karlstrom, as well as Anthony Sladen and Louis De Barros: Mega-earthquakes rupture flat megathrusts Megathrust faults in subduction zones cause large and damaging earthquakes. Bletery et al. argue ...

2016 Staples Field Trip Recap

Please view our recap of the 2016 Staples Trip to the Taos Plateau and San Juan Volcanic Field. Welcome!  

Fall 2016 Weekly Seminar Schedule

Talks on Wednesdays are from 4:00 to 5:20 pm in 110 Willamette Hall. Tea and cookies are served in Cascade 200 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29: Glenn Gaetani (WHOI) in Cascade 200 Title: Ferric iron, potential temperature, and oxygen fugacity of the oceanic upper mantle ...

Welcome New Graduate Students, 2016!

Alexander Babb graduated with a B.S. in Geology from the University of Nebraska Omaha. His undergraduate research focused on intraplate earthquakes in the region of Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. He will study seismology with Amanda Thomas. Alex enjoys hiking, skiing, and time-lapse ...

Mismatch in mantle spreading and mid-ocean ridges creates their segmentation

PhD candidate Brandon VanderBeek, along with Doug Toomey, Emilie Hooft, and William Wilcock just had a paper in Nature Geoscience. Previous work has always supposed that the upwelling in the mantle below mid-ocean ridges was a passive response to plate motion. Their new study of the Endeavour ...

Long Valley Caldera Field Trip, June 2016

The UO Department of Geological Sciences (soon to be Earth Sciences!) recently completed a collaborative field trip to Long Valley with folks from James Madison University and Victoria University. Read all about it here: https://blogs.uoregon.edu/longvalley2016/

Generous Gift funds our Volcanology Cluster

We are excited to announce that Gwendolyn and Charles Lillis — University of Oregon advocates, volunteers and benefactors — have committed $10 million to endow two new faculty positions in the Department of Earth Sciences. Combined with the recent hiring of volcanologist Thomas Giachetti, the ...

Name Change – Department of Earth Sciences

Beginning September 1, 2016 our department will be changing its name from the Department of Geological Sciences to the Department of Earth Sciences.  There will be no changes to our curriculum or major track options. This name change is intended to better reflect the variety of disciplines for ...
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