Skip to Main Navigation. Each navigation link will open a list of sub navigation links.

Skip to Main Content

Apply to the University of Wyoming apply now

Global Resource Navigation

Visit Campus
Download UW Viewbook
Give to UW
snowy range

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

Fall 2017 Dept. Newsletter

Read the Geology and Geophysics Fall 2017 Department Newsletter

Download here


Devils Elbow Fault CaliforniiaDevil Elbow Fault, Colorado River Extensional Corridor

Vacancy: Crustal Dynamics, Dept. of Geology & Geophysics


The University of Wyoming Department of Geology & Geophysics invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Crustal Dynamics. The successful candidate will be expected to build a vibrant, extramurally funded research program in the broadly defined area of crustal processes and contribute to the teaching mission of the department.

Come meet us at the AGU Meeting

Read more about the vacancy and who to contact at the Fall AGU Meeting

  Art Snoke 
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.

Read more about Art's award

head portrait of a man   

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.”        

See full article about Ryan.

Madi Wewer NSF GF

Madi in the Mohave Desert

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.

Read more about the NSF Fellowship winners

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!

Read more about Dario


Collage of four Field Camp 2017 photos

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.

❯ Read More Department News.

Recent Publications

❯ Read More Publications

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 Frost- Monday 4th December

College Students: You should take Geology

Share This Page:

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Instagram Icon Facebook Icon

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Gainful Employment | Privacy Policy | Accessibility Accessibility information icon