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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!

January 19, 2016

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 at

March 30, 2015

New Nature Geoscience Letter from UO Geobiology group

The UO Geobiology research group, headed by Qusheng Jin, recently published a letter in Nature Geoscience, which documents evidence that microbial activity in groundwater is an important source of mobile arsenic. This publication, led by Scott Maguffin, has implications for the safety of well water in the Willamette Valley and other regions with rocks that could feed microbial metabolisms with arsenic.

Maguffin, S.C., Kirk, M.F., Daigle, A.R., Hinkle, S.R., and Jin, Q., 2015, Substantial contribution of biomethylation to aquifer arsenic cycling: Nature Geoscience, v. advance online publication, URL:
Here is some news coverage:




February 27, 2014

Ashley Streig sheds light on SF earthquakes

Ashley Streig, a graduate student in Ray Weldon‘s lab, has a new paper in the Bulletin of the Seisomological Society of America, documenting two pre-1906 earthquakes on the San Andreas fault.

Read the paper itself, or read some of the news coverage:

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