Assistant Professor Position-Aqueous Geochemistry / Hydrochemistry

The Position: The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences is searching for a tenure-track faculty position in Aqueous Geochemistry/Hydrochemistry at the rank of Assistant Professor to start Spring Semester, 2016 (with the potential for a delay to Fall, 2016). The position is contingent on funding. Applicants must have a strong commitment to teaching, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and research. The position requires excellence in teaching and advising, a record of professional and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the University. Aqueous geochemists study the interactions of hydrological, geochemical, and biological processes that control surface and groundwater chemistry in managed and unmanaged ecosystems at diverse spatial scales. Candidates should approach local environmental issues with a global perspective, demonstrating strong interest in the practical applications of water quality monitoring to help local stakeholders manage altered and natural ecosystems of Northern California sustainably and responsibly.


About the Department

Geological and environmental sciences are directed toward understanding the terrestrial system from the core of the Earth to beyond our solar system. Students will conduct applied and basic research in an effort to understand physical processes on and within the Earth, and human influences that affect the environment. Geology is the study of processes occurring in or on the Earth. Environmental science is the study of interactions within the Earth's biosphere, concentrating on natural and man-made perturbations such as pollution.


Faculty Achievements

Dr. Rachel Teasdale
Teasdale was selected with Anthropology Professor Georgia Fox as Lantis Endowed University Chairs. She plans to use the Lantis Professorship to complete a project that is a natural extension of her teaching and research. She will work with students on cooling experiments to characterize crystallization of basaltic lava flows, including decompression experiments at the University of Bristol’s Electron Microbeam Laboratory through a collaborative partnership. The research will be presented at the Fall 2015 American Geophysical Union conference in SF. Teasdale will also work with Science Education to produce high-quality, standards-based K-12 curriculum and activities to be presented to teachers in the Summer Science Project.

Dr. Todd Greene

Greene was presented with the A.I. Levorsen award for giving the best oral presentation at the Pacific Section-American Association of Petroleum Geologists (PS-AAPG) Annual meeting in Monterey, CA (April 2013). The title of his presentation was: "Fluvial architecture of a Cascades-sourced 'paleo-Sacramento River' system within the Lower Tuscan Formation in the northern Sacramento Valley, CA".

Dr. Shane Mayor

Mayor is the recipient of the Outstanding Project Director Award. The award recognizes a project director who has been successful in securing external funds and an outstanding partner to RESP. he successfully secured more than $1.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to establish the Atmospheric Lidar Research Group. The group supports a postdoctoral scholar, a programmer, four graduate students and several undergraduate student assistants.

REAL: Raman-shifted Eye-safe Aerosol Lidar

REAL Lidar at the Chico LocationCSU Chico is the home to two world-class atmospheric lidar systems and a research group operating on the front lines of remote wind measurement.   Dr. Shane Mayor is director of the CSUC Atmospheric Lidar Research Group that maintains and operates over $2M worth of lidar equipment at the CSUC farm and supports laboratories and state-of-the-art computational resources on campus.  The Raman-shifted Eye-safe Aerosol Lidars (REALs) are high performance scanning lidars designed to make time-lapse imagery of the lower atmosphere.  The imagery can be used to monitor the depth of the atmospheric boundary layer and observe micro and mesoscale meteorological phenomena such as gravity waves, density current fronts, and vorticies.  They are also extremely well suited to detect dust and smoke layers aloft and observe the initial transport and dispersion of plumes of particulate matter.  The main focus of the research group is currently on the development of algorithms and software to automatically and objectively extract quantitative information such as mixed layer height and wind velocity from the imagery.


BS in Environmental Science

BS in Geology

Certificate in Hydrogeology

BS in Geosciences

Minor in Geology

Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science

MS in Environmental Sciences

MS in Geosciences

Professional Science Masters Program


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Did you know...

CSU Channel Islands offer several Environmental Science Field Courses on Santa Rosa Island! 

Whats more is there is still room in several of these courses! 

Contact Cause Hanna with any questions or for additional information. 


Events & Seminars

Fall 2015 Seminar Series Schedule

Presented by the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

Sponsored by the Association of Geological and Environmental Students (AGES)

Please join us throughout the Fall 2015 semester to learn more about a variety of topics in the areas of geology, environmental science and more!


Tues Sept 1: Laurie Racca, PG, Senior Registrar, Department of Consumer Affairs

Geologist-In-Training: A Step Towards a Promising Career

Flyer     Video

Tues Sept 8: Heidi Cummings, Senior Geologist, Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineers and Geologists

Design and Construction of a Perimeter Dewatering Cutoff Trench at the Closed Lincoln Landfill

Flyer     Video

Thurs Sept 17: Richard Perry, Nevada Division of Minerals

Mineral, Oil and Geothermal Exploration and Production of Nevada, 2014

Flyer    Video

Tues Sept 22: Christina Buck, Water Resources Scientist, Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation

Managing Groundwater for Environmental Stream Temperature

Flyer     Video

Tues Sept 29: Jean Moran, CSU East Bay

Groundwater Flow and Nitrate Transport in Butte Basin

Flyer     Video

Tues Oct 6: Rachel Teasdale, Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU Chico

2015 Eruption and Monitoring of Axial Seamount, an Active Volcano on the Juan de Fuca Ridge


Tues Oct 13: Eldon Gath, President, Earth Consultants Int'l. & AEG Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology

Natural Hazard Identification, Impact Analysis, and Risk Assessment for Community Disaster Mitigation Planning

Flyer     Video

Tues Oct 20: NOVA, Film Series

Special Screening of Making North America

El Rey Theatre @ 6pm


Tues Oct 27: Richard Behl, CSU Long Beach

The Miocene Monterey Formation of California: from Plankton to Petroleum

Flyer     Video

Mon Nov 16: Kurtis Burmeister, University of the Pacific

Exploring Fold-Thrust Belt Deformation in the Field: New York and Japan


Tues Dec 1: Jochen Nuester, Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU Chico

Iron is Tasty!


Location: CSU Chico, Physical Sciences Room 202

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend! 

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Congratulations Graduates

College of Natural Science is graduating Saturday May 16th. 

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