2016 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award recognizes Californians who are speaking up and making a difference to significant state issues. The Sierra Fund CEO Izzy Martin was one of the 2016 Leadership Award recipients for her continous effort to address the contamination in the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Fund is a huge supporter of CSU Chico Geological and Environmental Science staff and students. Read more about Izzy's efforts, and the task ahead.

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 was the lead-author of an article published on March 29, 2016, in the on-line Journal of Applied Remote Sensing.   The article compares the performance of two very different atmospheric aerosol lidars for use in remote wind sensing.  The article also shows horizontal lidar scans over breaking ocean waves at points on the coast near Eureka, California.  It demonstrates that it is possible to capitalize on the particulate matter produced by the sea spray to make remote wind measurements just above the surface of the ocean. The article can be read here.


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

Student Project Awarded EPA Grant

A team of interdisciplinary California State University, Chico students, led by Dr. Sandrine Matiasek, were awarded a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to research and develop sustainable biofiltration technology for small urban areas like Chico. The CSU, Chico team was one of the seven teams in California awarded the grant, as part of the EPA's People, Prosperity, and the Environment (P3) Student Design Competition. Their project, titled "Evaluating Biofiltration in Small Urban Areas: Chico, California Case Study" will be testing the effectiveness of biofiltration using sand, compost, lava rock, zeolite, and native, drought resistant plants in an effort to mitigate urban storm water runoff. The full press release can be read here.


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.

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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

Congratulations Graduates

College of Natural Sciences is graduating Sunday, May 22nd. 

Here are the commencement day instructions

Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule

Spring 2016 Seminar Series Schedule

Presented by the Department of Geological and Environmental Science

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

Please join us throughout the Spring 2016 semester to learn more about a variety of topics in the areas of geology, environmental science, and more!


Tues, Feb 9: Gene Lewis, Mark Szymanski, and Sean Nies, Geological and Environmental Science, CSU Chico

GEOS Undergraduate AGU Poster Presentations


Thurs, Feb 11: Glenda Marsh, Programs Manager of the Abandoned Mine Lands Program, California Department of Conservation

Addressing Hazards from Abandoned Mines in California- Challenges and Opportunities

PHSC 130


Tues, Feb 16: Dr. Richard Koehler, University of Nevada- Reno, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Far-Field Plate Boundary Deformation: Paleoseismic Perspectives from Nevada and Alaska


Tues, Mar 22: Dr. Lanny Fisk, Paleoresource Consultants

Pleistocene Droughts Recorded by Caliches in the Central Valley

Flyer      Video Pt.1     Video Pt.2

Tues, Mar 29: Dr. Miranda Fram, USGS, Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Priority Basin Project

Quality of Groundwater Used for Public Drinking Water Supplies in California

Flyer      Video

Tues, Apr 12: Frank Anderson, USGS, Land Carbon Program

A Comparison of Atmospheric Carbon Processes in Select Natural and Restored Wetlands


Tues, Apr 19: Charles Real, Retired Astronomer

Reducing Tsunami Risk in California

Flyer     Video

Tues, Apr 26: John Clinkenbeard, Senior Geologist, Department of Conservation, California Geological Survey

Mineral Resource and Mineral Hazard Studies at the California Geological Survey


Tues, May 3: Dr. Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, Geological and Environmental Science, CSU Chico

Geology of the Coyote Mountains

Flyer     Video

Social Hour: Physical Science, Room 236

Time: 4:00-4:50 PM

Location: CSU Chico, Ayres Hall, Room 201

Time: 5:00-6:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Download Schedule Here