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Geology & Geophysics

College of Arts & Sciences


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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

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UW Student Receives Research Award

University of Wyoming Ph.D. student Ryan James Herz-Thyhsen is in some distinct company.  Herz-Thyhsen is among 52 graduate students selected nationwide for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program. The sixth-year doctoral student will conduct his research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory  in Knoxville, Tenn.  “My research ultimately helps us understand where water goes during hydraulic fracturing. It also will help us better understand how we can control fluid flow in the subsurface,” says Herz-Thyhsen, who is in the final year of his Ph.D. program in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. “This research will help to answer contentious questions surrounding the process of hydraulic fracturing that currently act as fuel for political, social and industrial tension.”        

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Art W. Snoke- Emeritus Professor

Art Snoke receives the Geological Society of America (GSA) Structural Geology and Tectonics Career Contribution Award

Snoke’s award from the GSA goes to “an individual who throughout his/her career has made numerous distinguished contributions that have clearly advanced the science of structural geology or tectonics.” The award was inaugurated in 1988 and previouis winners of this award read like a "Who's-Who" of of famous structural geologists: Rogers, Ramsey, Dalhstrom, Crowell, Burchfield, Ramberg, George & Greg Davis, Hamilton, Atwater to name but a few.  We congratulate Art on this well deserved award.

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Scott Smithson in 1982Scott (left) with students and vibroseis trucks in 1982

Scott Smithson was awarded the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Outstanding Educator Award

Scott Smithson (Emeritus Professor) is one of the two recipients of the 2017 SEG Outstanding Educator Award. Smithson’s scientific contributions helped lead the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics to distinction in geophysical imaging of the earth’s continental crust, and his training of many very talented students and post-doctoral associates over his career has had a far-reaching impact in furthering science and industry exploration successes.  Well done Scott, you truly deserved this award

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Madi Wewer receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Madeline Wewer, who has just joined us as a new graduate student, was one of four Univerity of Wyoming students to receive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships this summer.

Madi recently graduated from Southern Methodist University with her bachelor’s degree in geophysics. Wewer, from Marietta, Ga., will begin her master’s program in marine geology and geophysics at UW this fall.

“In a nutshell, I will be part of a team exploring the sea floor and will work on understanding the tectonics and faulting at the Gakkel Ridge -- the world’s slowest spreading ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean,” she says.

Michael Cheadle and Barbara John, UW professors in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, are Wewer’s advisers.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is one of the nation’s most highly competitive awards for graduate studies.

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Dario Grana

Assistant Professor Dario Grana (UW Photo) 

The European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Honors Dario Grana

Assistant Professor Dario Grana has been recognized by the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). 

Dario, a UW School of Energy Resources assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, is a 2017 recipient of EAGE’s Arie van Weelden Award. It is presented to an EAGE member “who has made a highly significant contribution to one or more of the disciplines in the association.” Congratulations Dario!

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Field Camp 2017

Field Camp 2017 took students to the Snowies, the Sierras & Summer Coon volcano

The 2017 UW Field Camp was a great sucess!

This years field camp took students to the Snowy Range and Happy Jack (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 in the Snowy Range, 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

Cheadle best speaker
Associate Professor Mike Cheadle was recently voted "best speaker for 2017" by the Wyoming Geological Association in Casper. Previous winners from the Department include Neil Humphrey, Randi Martinsen, Paul Heller, Jim Steidtman & Jim McClurg.

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

DLS talk Carol Finn- Monday 16th October

College Students: You should take Geology


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