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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 ...

Spring 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. March 30 – Paul Richardson (UO) Title: Chasing the sun: exploring the role of aspect in landscape evolution April 6 – David Furbish, (Vanderbilt ...

PhD candidate Win McLaughlin wins scholarship for research in Kyrgyzstan

Win McLaughlin was recently awarded the Fullbright scholarship for 10 months of research in Kyrgyzstan. Among other things, she searched for fossils that can help date the stratigraphy in the region’s impressive mountains. For more information, check out her blog ...

Looking for magma beneath the island of Santorini

UO Professor Emilie Hooft and a team of scientists from the Univerisity of Oregon, Imperial College in London, the University of Thessaloniki, and the University of Athens recently completed a large seismic experiment in the Aegean Sea. The goal of the experiment is to image the distribution of ...

New Science Advances article on climate control of erosion rate

Our own Jill Marshall, along with Josh Roering and Alan Rempel from UO Geology, just published a paper in Science Advances. In this paper, they use a frost weathering model to show that cold temperatures during the Last Glacial Maximum (about 21,000 years ago) caused frost-driven sediment production ...
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