Winter 2016


Message From Chair

Dr. Mark Abbott

There have been a number of changes since our last newsletter in 2012, including the addition of a new undergraduate BS degree in Environmental Science, our new departmental name change–Department of Geology and Environmental Science, and our five new faculty members. 


We also brought Emily Elliott and Dan Bain up to full time status, and we hired Shawn Wright, a former alumni of the department, as a visiting assistant professor. Read More >

Welcome our New Faculty 

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science is pleased to welcome five new faculty members this year!

Dr. Josef Werne's New Labs 

Since coming to the department in 2012, Dr. Josef Werne has founded two new laboratories. Learn about Dr. Werne’s labs >

Dolly's Retirement! 

Our purchaser, travel and business coordinator, and receptionist of 17 years, Dolly Chavez, has retired. Read More >

Faculty Updates

See what our faculty members have been up to this past year!



Check out what our alumni are up to and let us know what you are doing!


Join us at the 2nd Annual Alumni Gathering at AGU in San Francisco.


Our students and faculty depend on contributions from alumni and other donors to help meet academic classroom needs and fund required field camps, graduate research, and department colloquium speakers who bring us the latest in cutting-edge research. Please give generously!


Upcoming Events



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