Geological and Environmental Sciences Department

Openings Within the Department

The department is currently accepting applications for two tenure track Associate or Assistant Professors, the openings are for a Petrologist and a Applied Ecologist. A review of applications will begin on November 14, 2014 and will continue until the positions have been filled. 

 Big Chico Creek

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.

Programs

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

Features

Masters Student Jeffrey Lauder receives Sally Casanova Scholar recognition

Sally Casanova Scholar is a Pre-Doctoral scholarship named for Dr. Sally Casanova. The scholarship provides funds to participate in a summer research internship program, visiting doctoral-granting institutions, travel to national symposium or professional meeting and graduate school applications and test fees.

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AGU Fall Meeting

Attending AGU's Fall Meeting in San Francisco? 

Stop by and see what our Faculty and Students have been researching

Schedule for GEOS

The entire AGU program can be found here

Announcements

Northern California Geological Society Scholarships

Richard Chambers Memorial Scholarship for 2014-2015

$1,000 for Masters students 

Deadline December 13, 2014

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Clair Hill Scholarship

$5,000 scholarship for Undergraduates in their 3rd year and above.

Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarship Application 

Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship

American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is now accepting applications for the 3rd Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship. $5,000 scholarship is for support of a female graduate student in the US studying geosciences. 

Deadline: January 5th, 2015

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Events & Seminars

Seminar Series

Seminar will be offered as a 1 unit class in the spring! 

Sign up for GEOS 498 -- Seminars will occur every other Tuesday at 5:00pm in PHSC 202