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March 18, 2020

COVID-19 and Earth Sciences Department

Earth Sciences COVID-19 Operational Statement

In order to reduce the risk of exposure to students, staff, and faculty, and in response to the emergent COVID‐19 situation, the Earth Sciences office will have limited staffing for the coming weeks. Updates about university closures can be found here

During this period, office staff will continue to provide service remotely, unless University directives change. Email and phone messages will be checked regularly throughout the business day.

Please follow the guidelines below.

  • Building doors are locked. Those with ID card permissions may still enter, but there is no public access. Deliveries can be made to the UO Campus Mail office, CPFM Warehouse/Shops building at 1295 Franklin Blvd, Building 130. For large deliveries, telephone 541.346.4573 to make arrangements.
  • For questions about Winter 2020 final exams and Spring 2020 courses, please contact your instructor or
  • For University mental health support resources, please visit the Counseling Center website‐support or call the health center crisis hot line 541‐346‐3227.
  • For undergraduate‐related inquiries, please email Marla Trox at
  • For graduate‐related inquiries, please email Marla Trox at
  • For personnel‐related inquiries, please email Sandy Thoms at
  • For Payroll‐related inquiries, please email Sandy Thoms at
  • For accounting, grant, or budget related inquiries, please email Dave Stemple at
  • For Earth Sciences operations‐related inquiries, please email Josh Roering at

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Josh Roering
Department Head

Sandy Thoms
Department Manager

January 22, 2020

Spring 2020 Seminar Schedule

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our seminar is more informal, local, and only online.  We will be using Zoom, and invitations will be sent via email.  If you do not yet receive email reminders about our Seminars, please email Marla (contact info here) to be added to our invitation list.  Titles will be updated as they are announced.

Talks are on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:20 pm

April 1: Josh Roering and Annette Patton
Title: Landslide early warning systems in remote communities

April 8: Amy Williamson
Title: Local Tsunami Warning Using GNSS

April 15: Dave Sutherland
Title: Ice-ocean interactions around the world

April 22: Ilya Bindeman
Title: Emergence of the land from the sea: Triple oxygen isotopes in shales throughout the geologic history

April 29: Estelle Chaussard
Title: Peatland Geomorphology from space

May 6: Mike Darin
Title: When Continents Collide – Timing of Arabia Collision and its Influence on Tectonic Escape in Anatolia (Turkey)

May 13: Jonathan Delph
Title: Linking heterogeneous expressions of subduction along the Cascadia margin

May 20: Sam Hopkins
Title: Mammal evolution on an active landscape

May 27: Eli Orland
Title: Deep Learning as a tool to forecast hydrologic response for landslide-prone hillslopes

June 3: Thomas Giachetti
Title: Even when confined, pumices gather

November 22, 2019

Winter Weekly Seminar Schedule

Talks are on Wednesdays 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.

January 8: Dara Goldberg, University of Oregon
Title: How does earthquake rupture evolve? A multi-instrument approach to earthquake observation and modeling

January 15: Ellen Currano, University of Wyoming
Title: An interdisciplinary approach to investigating ecosystem processes in the 21 million year old Mush Valley lagerstätte, central Ethiopia

January 22: Rehearsals for Life: Oppression Interruption Workshop
**Please note, this seminar is taking place in 140 Tykeson Hall**

January 29: Rose Wallick, USGS
Title: The USGS Water Science Program in the Willamette Valley and future links with UO

February 5: Erin Wirth, UW/USGS
Title: 3-D Simulations of Magnitude 9 Earthquakes on the Cascadia Subduction Zone

February 12: Larry Mastin, CVO
Title: The scientific challenges of forecasting volcanic ash hazards

February 19: Kendra Murray, Idaho State
Title: Rocky Mountains ride high on an ancient rifted margin

February 26: Jasquelin Pena, University of Lausanne
Title: Nature’s most potent oxidants: Insights into manganese oxide structure-reactivity relationships

March 4: Kimberly Blisniuk, San Jose State University
Title: Finding hidden faults along restraining bends of the southern San Andreas and San Gregorio faults, California

March 11: Jess Adkins, Caltech  CANCELLED
Title: The Modern Ocean’s Alkalinity Cycle and A Way Forward on Global CO2 Mitigation

September 5, 2019

Fall Weekly Seminar Schedule

Talks are on Wednesdays 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.

October 2: ERTH Department reception – no seminar

THURSDAY October 3: **Please note, this seminar is taking place in Cascade 200**
Tony Irving, University of Washington
Title: Petrology and (Geo)chemistry of Martian Meteorites

October 9: Laura Crossey, University of New Mexico
Title: Hydrochemistry and Geoscience Education at Grand Canyon and Beyond: Who Knew Groundwater Hydrology Could Be So Complicated?

October 16: Alison Graettinger, University of Missouri Kansas City
Title: To explode or not? When magma meets water

October 23: Egill Hauksson, Caltech
Title: The 2019 M7.1 Ridgecrest Earthquake Sequence in Eastern California

October 30: Tom Sisson, USGS
Title: Non-traditional volcanism in a hyper-traditional setting: The USGS Al-Madinah, Saudi Arabia, project

November 6: Justin Burton, Emory University
Title: Tidewater glaciers and the dynamics of giant icebergs: granular physics on the geophysical scale

November 13: Annemarie Baltay, USGS
Title: Earthquake Ground Motion: Early Warning and Recent California Earthquakes

November 20: Devid Mencin, UNAVCO/CU Boulder
Title: The Dynamics of Lake Yellowstone and the Yellowstone Caldera


December 4: Mark Reed, University of Oregon
Title: The life cycle of a magmatic-hydrothermal system: Assembling the Butte puzzle in 40 years with four PhDs and 25 km of drill core

May 3, 2019

UO Earth Sciences hosts 2nd Annual Volc-OR conference!

The 2nd annual Volc-OR (Volcanology Students of Oregon) conference was held at the University of Oregon, April 11-12, 2019. Over 60 students from 4 regional universities and colleges attended and nearly half presented their research in oral or poster sessions. Laboratory tours of the facilities at UO, science communication workshops, and panel discussions rounded out the 2019 edition of Volc-OR, which culminated in a keynote by Mike Poland, Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

To learn more about the group and our annual conference, please visit:

From the Volc-OR website:
Volc-OR aims to bring together graduate and undergraduate students from Portland State University, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and other regional universities whose research relates broadly to volcanology (e.g. physical volcanology, igneous petrology, economic geology, volcano geomorphology, geophysics, etc.). As a more informal complement to major national scientific meetings, we hope that this small student-centric and student-led meeting will provide focused and relevant learning experiences and discussion, and foster new connections, collaborations, and friendships.

Importantly, we feel that we can all be taking better advantage of our shared interests and close proximity with one another to bolster research ideas and access to analytical facilities. Through meetings and general volcanophile camaraderie, the goal of Volc-OR is to build these bridges to meet your neighboring students and faculty!

April 15, 2019

In Memoriam: Alexander “Mac” McBirney

We regretfully announce the passing of our colleague and Professor Emeritus, Alexander “Mac” McBirney.  Please see the links below that include a tribute from  Dana Johnston, the University of Oregon news release, and his official obituary.

AGU announcement
“Around the O” article
Register-Guard obituary
Collected tributes from colleagues, students, and peers
Eos article

December 19, 2018

Register Guard article features work by Doug Toomey

Our own Professor Doug Toomey’s work with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network on the earthquake early warning system is featured in the news!  See the full Register Guard article here.

Digging into the Eagle Crest fire’s aftermath

In the aftermath of the Eagle Crest fire, Josh Roering is investigating the relationship between fire and landslides in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area.  For the full story, click here:


November 7, 2018

UO scientists uncover a rare Oregon dinosaur fossil

Our own professor Greg Retallack discovered this toe bone in Central Oregon – an unusual find!  Read the Around the O story here.

UO researchers expose the dirty secrets hidden under glaciers

Our own postdoctoral scholar Colin Meyer and professor Alan Rempel delve into the physics relating to glacier movement and friction.  See the Around the O story here.

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