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Geology & Geophysics

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Situated within the Rocky Mountains, our department provides students with diverse opportunities for geological studies. We offer three undergraduate degree programs in geology and the Earth sciences: A BS degree in Geology, a BS degree in Environmental Geology and Geohydrology, and a BA degree in Geology and Earth Science. In addition, we offer a minor in geology for non-majors who wish to broaden their experience in the Earth sciences. The goal of our undergraduate program is to provide students with an excellent grounding in all aspects of the Earth sciences and to provide them with the skills and best possible preparation for a successful future career. Additionally graduate education, leading either to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geology or Geophysics, is a major focus of the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming.

Department News

Fall 2017 Dept. Newsletter

Read the Geology and Geophysics Fall 2017 Department Newsletter

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Devils Elbow Fault CaliforniiaYe, Brandon & Dario

Congratulations to Ye, Brandon & Dario


To Ye on her promotion to full Professor, and to Brandon and Dario for promotion to Associate Professor and on gaining tenure. 

Congratulations to all.

Art Snoke 
Tyler Brown

UW Mortar Board Honors ‘Top Prof’ Tyler Brown

Members of the University of Wyoming’s senior honor society recently honored their “Top Profs” at the 38th annual Top Prof Night.

Members of the Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board selected professors who have positively influenced their lives at UW. These professors go beyond normal classroom expectations to help their students succeed.

Tyler, our Materials Characterization Lab. assistant manager, was nominated by Samuel Own from Columbus Ohio

Read more about Tyler's award

Minh Nguyen   
Minh Nguyen

UW Graduate student Minh Nguyen recently received the UW Alumni Association (UWAA) Graduate Scholarship 

University of Wyoming PhD Student Minh Nguyen recently received the UW Alumni Association (UWAA) Graduate Scholarship which includes a lifetime membership to UWAA and funding support to help advance his research in CO2 geological sequestration, subsurface modeling and environmental risk assessment. This award is given to one graduate student at UW who has demonstrated a breadth of research, employment, extracurricular and community service activities to the UW community.  Minh is advised by Professor Ye Zhang in the Department and Philip Stauffer, a Senior Staff Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Link to list of UWAA Scholarship recipients.

Jay and Simone

Jay and Simone in the field

Welcome to new Assistant Professors Simone Runyon and Jay Chapman who with be joining us in the fall

Simone will be joining us as an Economic Geologist. She spent the last year as a post-doc researcher at the Carnegie Geophysical Lab. and gained her PhD frpm the University of Arizona. She is an expert on continental hydrothermal systems and the formation of copper porphry deposits.

Jay accepted a position in crustal dynamics and also gained his PhD from the University of Arizona. His research focuses  on the tectonics of convergent margins and the evolution of the continental lithosphere.

Welcome to you both!


Dario Grana

Associate Research Scientist Janet Dewey

Congratulations to Janet Dewey for winning the STEM Professional Own It! at UW award

The EPSCoR Own It! Awards recognize women who work in STEM fields and Janet was awarded the STEM Professional at UW award at the on campus ceremony in August.

Read more about the Own It! awards


Collage of four Field Camp 2017 photos

Field Camp 2018 took students to Thermopolis, the Sierras & Summer Coon volcano

The 2018 UW Field Camp was an even greater sucess!

This years field camp took students to Happy Jack, Shell and Thermopolis (WY), the Sierra Nevada and White -Inyo mountains (CA), the Ruby Mountains (NV), and Summer Coon volcano (CO). 

The pictures at left show the students doing shallow geophysics at Happy Jack, discussing volcanic deposits at Summer Coon, measuring stream flow, and measuring an active fault scarp at the Eastern Sierra Nevada/Basin and Range boundary.

Paul Heller Scholarship Fund

Paul Heller was known to both undergraduate and graduate students as an effective and committed teacher. We created the Paul Heller Scholarship Fund to honor his legacy of quality teaching. Memorial contributions can be made to the Paul Heller Scholarship Fund and mailed to the University of Wyoming Foundation, 222 South 22nd St, Laramie, WY 82070. Distributions shall be used to provide scholarship support to students in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming.

Donations can also be made online by: 1) selecting amount; 2) at “step 1” select “Other Fund Not Listed (Please specify)” and click Continue; 3) at “If other, select other fund not listed on popup and specify here” text area,  type in "Paul Heller”. This rest follows simply.

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Recent Publications

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Video Highlight

Compilation of recent videos highlighting faculty research

Highlights from Volcanology, Hydrology, Glaciology, & Marine Geology


Faculty Highlight

Barbara John
Congratulations to Professor Barbara John who was recently awardedf a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for achieving outstanding recognition in her field of endeavor from the University of California Santa Barbara

Student Highlight

Chris Doorn and Tanner waggoner 2017
Graduate students Chris Doorn & Tanner Waggoner were recently awarded Geological Society of America student grants to support their research into the origin of oceanic crust

Highlighted Links

College Students: You should take Geology

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