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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Events & Seminars

Congratulations Graduates

College of Natural Sciences is graduating Friday, May 19th. 

Fall 2016 Seminar Schedule

Fall 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 Fall 2016 semester to learn more about a variety of topics in the areas of geology, environmental science, and more!


Tues Nov 1: Dr. Christoph Senff, Research Scientist, CIRES, University of Colorado and NOAA/ESRL/Chemical Sciences Division

Causes of High Surface Ozone in the Western United States Revealed with Lidar

Tues Nov 15: Bill Hirt, Geology Instructor, College of the Siskiyous

Geology of the Mount Whitney Intrusive Suite, Sierra Nevada, California

Tues Nov 29: Summer Hoy, Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU, Chico

Tues Dec 6: Kyle Brownell, Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU, Chico

Location: CSU Chico, Physical Sciences Room 202

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend!