Faculty Achievements

Dr. Sandrine Matiasek

Matiasek was selected for the 2017 Outstanding New Investigator Award by the Universtiy Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Her work has led to outstanding accomplishments and contributions that are poised for national/international recognition and which are regionally important, and it is on this basis that she was recognized.

Dr. Kristen Kaczynski

Kaczynski was presented with the prestigious Paul Persons Award at this year’s “This Way to Sustainability” Conference. This annual award recognizes a faculty member who contributes strongly in involving students in sustainability initiatives at the university.

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. 

Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule

Spring 2017 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 2017 semester to learn more about a variety of topics in the areas of geology, environmental science, and more!


Wed Feb 15: Dr. David Shimabukuro, Associate Professor, CSU Sacramento

Understanding the Interaction between Oil and Gas Production and Groundwater in California through Salinity Mapping

Wed Feb 22: Jeff Cox, Geologist and Marketing Director, Holdrege and Kull

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System Applications for Engineering and Geology 

Wed March 1: Nicole Williamson, Environmental Scientist, State Water Resources Control Board

Overview of California Water Boards

Wed March 8: Dr. Karrigan Bork, Assitant Professor, University of the Pacific 

Environmental Law

Wed March 29Jody Gallaway, President and Senior Biologist, Gallaway Enterprises

Tilte TBA 

Wed Apr 5: Dr. Victoria Langenheim, Research Geophysicist, USGS

Use of Gravity and Magnetic Surveys in Sacramento Valley

Wed Apr 12: Phil Woodward, Retired Senior Engineering Geologist Regional Water Quality Control Board

Remediation of Discharges from Abandoned Mines

Wed Apr 19: AGES, Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU Chico

Hawaii Field Trip

Wed Apr 26: Tim McCrink, Senior Engineering Geologist, California Geological Survey

California seismic hazards program

Wed May 3David Sandino, Senior Water and Environmental Attorney, Department of Water Resources

California Water Law and Water Rights

Wed May 10: GEOS Honors Students, Geological and Environmental Sciences, CSU Chico

Honors Projects

Location: CSU Chico, AYRES Room 120

Time: 5:00-5:50 PM

Everyone is welcome to attend!