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2015 Releases

A woman samples sediment. UW Researchers Discover Sediment Size Does Matter in High-Elevation Erosion Rates

November 16, 2015 — For the past four summers, Cliff Riebe, a UW associate professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, and Claire Lukens, a UW doctoral student majoring in geology, have studied sediment in Inyo Creek, in California’s High Serra.

James St. Clair, a UW doctoral student, studies mountain watersheds UW Researchers Advance Understanding of Mountain Watersheds

October 29, 2015 — University of Wyoming geoscientists have discovered that the underground water-holding capacity of mountain watersheds may be controlled by stresses in the earth’s crust.

man with sediment cores standing in meadow UW Researchers: History Shows More Big Wildfires Likely as Climate Warms

October 5, 2015 — The history of wildfires over the past 2,000 years in a northern Colorado mountain range indicates that large fires will continue to increase as a result of a warming climate, according to a new study led by a University of Wyoming doctoral student.

Graduate student Erin Phillips (Ph.D.) and Graduate student Abraham Role (Ph.D.) Graduate Students Receive Travel Grant and Fellowship

August 26, 2015 — Graduate student Erin Phillips (Ph.D.) and Graduate student Abraham Role (Ph.D.) Receive Travel Grant and Fellowship.

Graduate student Quin Miller (Ph.D.) Graduate Student Quin Miller Receives Two Fellowships

August 13, 2015 — Graduate student Quin Miller (Ph.D.) recently received two fellowships that will support his research project titled, “Pore network evolution in unconventional reservoirs: Experimental study of fluid-rock interactions.”

UW graduate student Virginia Marcon loads unconventional reservoir rock into a gold crucible UW, Industry Collaborate on Tight Oil Research

August 6, 2015 — Oil and gas producers in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin are expected to gain insights that will improve the precision and effectiveness of their operations as a result of a cooperative research project with the University of Wyoming.

Interactive Sandbox a Big Hit with UW Geological Museum Visitors

July 13, 2015 — Who wants to play in a sandbox while standing in the shadows of some of the world’s best-preserved dinosaur collections? Nearly everyone who enters the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, that’s who.

Incoming UW graduate student Lindsay Arvin,  on a geology field course in Spain. Incoming UW Geology Grad Student Receives NSF Fellowship

May 13, 2015 — An opportunity to research how geology affects the growth of the world’s biggest trees attracted Lindsay Arvin to graduate studies in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Geology and Geophysics.

Graduate students Ryan Herz-Thyhsen (Ph.D.), Quin Miller (Ph.D.), and Alexa Socianu (M.S.) Three Graduate Students Give Invited Talks

May 4, 2015 — Graduate students Ryan Herz-Thyhsen (Ph.D.), Quin Miller (Ph.D.), and Alexa Socianu (M.S.) all gave invited talks during the 2014–2015 academic year.

Geological Museum and Collections Manager Laura Vietti Profile – Geological Museum and Collections Manager Laura Vietti

April 21, 2015 — I’m motivated to study paleontology, more specifically my specialty of taphonomy (paleo-forensics), because fossils not only tell us about the animals that lived in the past, but they can also help us interpret information about the past environment.

 Nyiragongo , an active strato volcano looms large over the city of Goma,  in the DRC. Professor Sims Receives NSF Grant to Further Study Nyiragongo Volcano

April 16, 2015 — Professor Kenneth Sims recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the amount of $267,619 to help fund his research project titled, “Toward a Better Understanding of Magmatic Processes and Volcanic Hazards at Nyiragongo Volcano, DR Congo.”

Undergraduate studying Tensleep sandstone, and taking water samples from Seminoe Reservoir. Undergraduate Seniors Receive NAGT/USGS Internships

April 14, 2015 — Undergraduate seniors Leslie Logan and Evan Martin each recently received positions in the National Associate of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Summer Field Training Program.

Display at the UW Geological Museum. UW Geological Museum Ranked Among Nation’s ‘Most Amazing’

April 10, 2015 — The University of Wyoming Geological Museum is ranked 12th on a list of the “50 Most Amazing College Museums” released by

UW Professor of Geophysics Steve Holbrook UW Researchers Contribute to Continent-Building Discovery

April 1, 2015 — An international research team, including University of Wyoming Professor of Geophysics Steve Holbrook and current and former UW graduate students, has revealed information about how continents were generated on Earth more than 2.5 billion years ago — and how those processes have continued within the last 70 million years to profoundly affect the planet’s life and climate.

Michael Cheadle, a UW associate professor of geology and geophysics. UW Researcher Named Senior Scientist for NOAA Cruise Near Puerto Rico in April

February 26, 2015 — Over the years, Michael Cheadle has been a team member on a number of research ships that have explored the floor of the world’s vast oceans.

Graduate student Robert Mahon (PhD) Graduate Student Robert Mahon Receives Pathfinder Fellowship

February 3, 2015 — Graduate student Robert Mahon (PhD) was recently awarded a Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences, Inc. (CUAHSI) Pathfinder Fellowship for his proposal, titled, “Reconstructing fluvial flow and sediment transport conditions from the 3-D kinematics of bed form evolution and their stratigraphic deposits.”

Photo from the submersible Alvin, collecting samples from the ocean floor. UW Researcher Contributes to Better Understanding of Earth’s Geological Evolution

January 14, 2015 — Changing conditions on the Earth’s surface can have a major influence on the composition of its overwhelmingly more massive interior.

Graduate student Tyler Brown (PhD). Graduate Student Tyler Brown Wins AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award

January 12, 2015 — Graduate student Tyler Brown (PhD) recently received an Outstanding Student Paper Award for a paper that he presented at the annual Fall American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco, titled, “Towards solving the conundrum of fast-spread ocean crust formation: insights from textural analysis of gabbroic rocks from Pito Deep and Hess Deep, East Pacific Rise.”

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