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Geology and Geophysics

  • UW geology and geophysics students sitting on rocks at the 2019 field camp

    Geology & Geophysics Field Camp, California 2019

  • UW geology and geophysics students on side of hill examining rocks

    220 students, 29 faculty, scholarship accounts worth over $620,000

  • kim lau in lab

    Kim Lau Receives National Outstanding Woman in Science Award

  • Neil Humphrey and Nate Maier Greenland

    Professor Neil Humphrey and graduate student Nate Maier on rapidly sliding ice in Greenland

  • University of Wyoming department of Geology and Geophysics building

    Ranked best value Geology Department in the country

Department News


UW Department of Geology and Geophysics ranked best value for money

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in a new “best value” list by College Factual, an online service that helps “every student get their best fit education for less”.  The rankings also take into account the average time students take to graduate, as well as the quality the school provides and the average yearly cost of attendance.

College Factual also ranked the Geology major as the best major offered by the University of Wyoming for 2019. 

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Homecoming 2019

2019 UW Homecoming

Join us for Homecoming in the Geological Museum and meet our six new faculty, view student posters, catch up with old friends and see the dinosaurs. The event will be catered and a good time had by all.

Geol 2220 studentsRising From the Plains- A Geologic Companion: Geol 2220 students win 2019 Phi Beta Kappa award

Geology undergraduate students in GEOL 2220: Communicating Earth Sciences won the 2019 Phi Beta Kappa intellectual merit award for integration of science and the humanities with their project, “A Geologic Companion to John McPhee’s Rising from the Plains.” Led by Prof. Carol Frost, their interactive web-based story map was recognized for its skillful exploration of Wyoming’s geologic heritage and development of connections between geology and human experience. 

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Mark Clementz 2019Mark Clementz- climate change and ecological responses

Mark has co-authored a paper entitled, "Ecological and hydroclimate responses to strengthening of the Hadley circulation in South America during the Late Miocene Cooling," by Carrapa (University of Arizona), Clementz and Feng (University of Connecticut), which was published in the  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The paper shows that about 7 million to 6 million years ago, the global tropical atmospheric circulation known as the Hadley circulation intensified. As a result, the climate of South America became drier, subtropical grasslands expanded, and the numbers of mammal species that were good at eating grasses increased. 

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Video Highlights

Department Highlights

Brad Carr and John Kaszuba

Faculty Highlight

Congratulations to Associate Research Scientist Brad Carr and Professor John Kaszuba on their promotions during the summer. Well deserved for both of you!

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Student Highlight

MS student Nathan Swaim received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Society of Economic Geologists and a GSA Graduate Student Research Grant.

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