Geological and Environmental Sciences

Student Achievements

Fall 2017

Graduate Student Wins Groundwater Conference Outstanding Poster Award

Environmental Science graduate student Cab Esposito presented his research at the 2017 Groundwater Conference and 26th Annual Meeting of the Groundwater Resources Association of California. Cab was awarded the "Dr. David Huntley Student Competition Award, In recognition of their Outstanding Poster Presentation at the 2017 Groundwater....". Below is the citation.

Esposito, C.M., Mehl, S., and Houk, E., 2017. Coupling land use change and regional hydrologic models to assess impacts on groundwater dependent ecosystems. Presented at the 26th Groundwater Resources Association Annual Meeting, 2017: Time for Collaboration and Innovation, October 3, Sacramento, CA.

Graduate and Undergraduate Students Present at 2017 Geological Society of America Conference

Graduate student Sommer Cassady and undergraduates Angelica Rodriguez, Chad Dodge and Andrew Guglielmo all presented posters at the October 2017 annual Geological Society of America (GSA) conference in Seattle Washington.

Sommer Cassady

Sommer Cassady, Exploration of a High-Sulfidation Epithermal Deposit within the Antelope Valley Volcanic Center, Sierra County California, GSA, October 24, Seattle, WA

Angie Rodriguez

Angela Rodriquez, Monitoring hydrothermal water temperature and composition at the Lassen Volcanic Center, Southern CascadesGSA, October 24, Seattle, WA

Chad Dodge

Chad Dodge, Groundmass Crystallinities of Proximal and Distal Lavas of the Poison Lake Chain in the Lassen Region of the Southern Cascades,  GSA, October 24, Seattle, WA

Andrew Guglielmo

Andrew Guglielmo, Identifying the Host Rock of a High Sulfidation Epithermal System in Antelope Valley, CA., GSA, October 24, Seattle, WA

GEOS Graduate Student Publishes Article

GEOS Graduate student Fletcher Alexander (PSM) coauthored an article that was recently published in Sustainability: Journal of Record titled Public-Public Partnerships for a New Paradigm in the Civic Role of the University (PDF). The article highlights the South Campus Neighborhood project, a collaboration between CSU Chico and the City of Chico.

Spring 2017

GEOS Graduate Student Receives Research Award

Allen LaGrange (ES, master’s student) was awarded a Student Award for Research & Creativity through the Honors Program at Chico State for his research titled “Hydrological and Ecological Indicators for Wet Meadow Restoration: Papoose Meadows, CA”.  (here’s the link: you can make it fancy with a hyperlink:

Student Project Awarded EPA Grant

In April, 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 eight teams awarded the grant in the nation, as part of the EPA's People, Prosperity, and the Environment (P3) Student Design Competition Phase 2. Their two-year 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 of the Phase 1 project that led to their selection for the Phase 2 award can be read here.

GEOS Senior Wins First Place in Research Competition

Jimmy Monge (ES, Applied Ecology Senior) won First Place in the Group 1: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate session at the 31st Annual CSUC Student Research Competition on March 7, 2017.  Jimmy presented his research at the CSU-wide conference in San Luis Obispo on April 29, 2017.