Geological and Environmental Sciences 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.
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 LidarIn many real-world applications, wind measurements are needed at locations and altitudes where it is not easy to install wind sensors such as anemometers on towers. The applications include wind resource assessments for the development of new wind farms, monitoring the wind near airports for safety, and predicting the dispersion of hazardous materials released into the atmosphere. Lidar is an active remote sensing technology and an optical analogy to radar whereby pulses of radiation are transmitted into the atmosphere. The Atmospheric Lidar Research Group has more information on the leading lidar techniques for wind measurement and recent research results from a field experiment that is currently being conducted at the CSU Chico Farm.
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Paradise Gem and Mineral Club 2014 Scholarship Award
The Paradise Gem and Mineral Club will offer an award in 2014 in the amount of $1,000 for an outstanding student pursuing a degree in the Earth Sciences. The student must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning in Butte County.
2014 Summer Camps
The summer is fast approaching, and we are looking for college students to work for our wildlife summer camp. This camp works with children ages 8– 14 and focuses on shooting sports, ATVs, fishing and more.
Yosemite Outdoor Adventures
How does exploring geology in the world’s best classroom, Yosemite National Park sound?
Financial Aid and Grant Information
ACG Grant Available to 1st and 2nd year students pursuing any major.You must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and be receiving financial aid.
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Events & Seminars
GASS Spring 2014
ON TUESDAY MARCH 11th!!
"Thresholds of Soil Development
and Carbon Cycling"