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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, 25 km of drill core, and a gravimeter

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.

UO research may soon make Oregon safer in quakes and fires

Continuing work by our own Doug Toomey and his team at the Oregon Hazards Lab are moving closer to a public early-warning system for hazard events in the Pacific Northwest.  See the Around the O story here.

UO scientist named an American Geophysical Union fellow

Our own Josh Roering is elected a 2018 AGU fellow for his work on landscape evolution and earth surface processes!  See the Around the O story here.

Report on Washington’s sea level rise gets boost from UO data

Our own professor Ray Weldon and doctoral candidate Tyler Newton provide data models used to help predict sea level rise for a UW project.  See the Around the O story here.

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