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Geology & Geophysics

College of Arts & Sciences



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

  Kevin Chamberlain 
UW Researcher Contributes to Study That Shows Planet's Oxygen Rose Through Glaciers

Kevin Chamberlain, a UW professor of geology, points to a glacial diamictite exposed in the Snowy Range. Chamberlain is the second author of a PNAS paper that determined a “Snowball Earth” event actually took place 100 million years earlier than previously projected, and a rise in the planet’s oxidation resulted from a number of different continents -- including what is now Wyoming -- that were once connected. The inset photo was taken by Arthur Snoke. (UW Photo)

Read more here.

Ms. Martinsen               
UW lecturer Randi Martinsen to be honored
Randi Martinsen will be included in the AAPG’s 2nd edition of “The Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist” and will be honored at AAPG’s 100th Anniversary celebration in Houston in April. This puts Randi in the company of 101 of the towering figures of the field including Bob Weimer, Bill Fisher, Mike Halbouty, Phil Anschutz, Marlan Downy Dan Busch and Jack Schmidt (the only scientist to walk on the moon, and who spoke to our department during the new-building celebrations some time ago). Randi will also be featured in an upcoming documentary on pioneering women in the oil industry, also to debut at AAPG in April.  Congratulations Randi!

Research at sea

UW Husband-Wife Research Team to Lead Pacific Ocean Floor Research Expedition

Read more here.

Follow the cruise here.

Research in G&G

Graduate Student Research Opportunities for 2017

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SkyTEM at Spirit Lake Wash. (USGS)

UW part of Study to Uncover Yellowstone’s Subsurface Mysteries

WyCEHG leads a study to provide an unprecedented regional view of the earth’s crust beneath Yellowstone National Park. Read more here.

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.

Vacancy: Economic Geology Position

The Department Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Economic Geology at the Assistant Professor level. For more information, click here.

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Recent Publications

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Video Highlight

Predicting the Future of the Ice Sheet Under a Warming Climate (Neil Humphrey and students)

A summer field season on the Greenland Ice Sheet, viewed as a video montage by alumnus Joel Harrington. The science project aims to improve our understanding of glacial dynamics to allow us to better predict the future of the Ice Sheet under a warming climate. Video originally filmed and edited by Joel Harrington. 

Student Highlight

Graduate student Quin Miller was recently awarded three grants that will support his research concerning unconventional reservoir rock pore network evolution.

Faculty Highlight

Professors Ellen Currano and Cliff Riebe both received Extraordinary Merit Awards from College of Arts & Sciences

Highlighted Links

Meet the Faculty

DLS talk John Curtis Monday 27th March

College Students: You should take Geology

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