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2019 Releases

Chapman in the field Jay Chapman suggests Arizona once looked like Tibet

December 3, 2019 — Assistant Professor Jay Chapman shows that much of the southwestern United States was once a vast high-elevation plateau, similar to Tibet today.

Ken Sims at Summer Coon Congratulations to Ken Sims: Thumbs-up Award

October 15, 2019 — Congratulations to Professor Ken Sims for winning the College of Arts and Sciences Students and Ambassadors "Thumbs-up Award" in recognition of Outstanding, Positive Contributions to the University of Wyoming

Homecoming in the Geology Museum Homecoming 2019

September 26, 2019 — Join us for Homecoming in the Geological Museum and meet our six new faculty, view student posters, catch up with old friends and see the dinosaurs. The event will be catered and a good time had by all.

UW students in the field Porosity Production in Weathered Rock: Where Volumetric Strain Dominates over Chemical Mass Loss

September 18, 2019 — Former PhD student Jorden Hayes and Assoc. Prof. Cliff Riebe recently co-led a paper published in Science Advances which challenges the conventional view that volumetric strain can be assumed to be negligible as a porosity-producing mechanism in saprolite.

Brad and John Congratulations to John and Brad on their promotions

September 5, 2019 — Congratulations to Associate Research Scientist Brad Carr and Professor John Kaszuba on their promotions during the summer. Well deserved for both of you!

Carrick and Tammy Best Wishes and Thanks to Carrick and Tammy

September 4, 2019 — During the summer both Carrick Eggleston (former Head of Department) and Tammy Mack (Department Administrator) moved on to different pastures.

Welcome to our new members of the Department

September 2, 2019 — The Department of Geology and Geophysics welcomes new faculty and staff: Business Manager, Vicky Boyles; Assistant Professor Brian Kelley; and Professors Tom Minckley & JJ Shinker

McPhee Yolanda and Love Rising From the Plains- A Geologic Companion: Geol 2220 students win 2019 Phi Beta Kappa award

August 27, 2019 — On April 27th, 2019, a team of Phi Beta Kappa Scholars judged a series of undergraduate research presentations in order to recognize intellectual merit. Students in GEOL 2220: Communicating Earth Sciences won the 2019 award for integration of science and the humanities with their project, “A Geologic Companion to John McPhee’s Rising from the Plains.”

Carol Frost Carol Frost- President of the Mineralogical Society of America

August 19, 2019 — Carol Frost, a professor of isotope geology in the University of Wyoming’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, will assume the presidency of the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) in September.

Mark Clementz Professor Mark Clementz elected chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics

August 14, 2019 — Professor Mark Clementz was elected to be the new chair of the Department of Geology and Geophysics in the Fall of 2019.

Maier and Humphrey in the field Nate Maier and Neil Humphrey Lead Team Discovering Ice is Sliding Toward Edges Off Greenland Ice Sheet

July 10, 2019 — Ice on the Greenland Ice Sheet doesn’t just melt. The ice actually slides rapidly across its bed toward the ice sheet’s edges. As a result, because ice motion is from sliding as opposed to ice deformation, ice is being moved to the high-melt marginal zones more rapidly than previously thought.

Kim Lau in Lab Kim Lau receives Outstanding Woman in Science Award

July 2, 2019 — Assistant Professor Kimberly Lau has been named the 2019 recipient of the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award.

Mike Cheadle in the UW Geology Museum Mike Cheadle Exploring the Oceans on PBS- Wyoming Chronicle

May 15, 2019 — UW Associate Professor Dr. Michael Cheadle describes his research entitled "Exploring the Oceans" on PBS- Wyoming Chronicle

College Factual Ranks UW Department of Geology and Geophysics best value for money

May 8, 2019 — The department tops College Factual’s “2019 Best Geological and Earth Sciences Colleges for the Money” rankings with the department's geology degrees ranking as the best major at UW.

Fossil Leaf Geology and Geophysics Faculty receive Science Initiative seed grants

May 7, 2019 — Faculty from the Department of Geology & Geophysics won two of the thirteen recent UW Science Initiative awards. Simone Runyon (PI), Susan Swapp, Carol Frost, Erin Phillips & Ellen Currano (PI) Laura Vietti; and Mark Clementz.

Nathan Swain Graduate Student Nathan Swain receives two grants

May 7, 2019 — MS student Nathan Swaim received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Society of Economic Geologists and a GSA Graduate Student Research Grant

clementz Grass-eating mammals became more diverse about 6 million years ago due to shifts in atmospheric circulation

April 30, 2019 — Ecological and hydroclimate responses to strengthening of the Hadley circulation in South America during the Late Miocene Cooling- by Barbara Carrapa (adjunct scientist) and Mark Clementz

shuman Connections between ocean dynamics, droughts and climate change

March 11, 2019 — Bryan Shuman and students find that, over the past 8,000 years, shifts in the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic led to severe drought in North America

Kim Lau Welcome to Professor Kim Lau

February 14, 2019 — Professor Kim Lau (Ph.D. Stanford) recently joined us from the University of California Riverside. Kim studies the causes and consequences of environmental change on life and biogeochemical cycles, using the geochemistry of ancient sedimentary rocks.

Carol Frost climbing through dead fall trees Carol Frost Elected Vice President of the Mineralogical Society of America

February 13, 2019 — Congratulations to Professor Carol Frost who has just been elected as Vice President of the Mineralogical Society of America for 2019. Congratulations Carol.

Ken Sims geology professor Discovery of an isotopically distinct Zealandia-Antarctic mantle domain in the Southern Ocean

February 6, 2019 — UW Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor Ken Sims and recent Ph.D. graduate Sean Scott are co-authors of an article, “An isotopically distinct Zealandia-Antarctic mantle domain in the Southern Ocean,” published by the scientific journal Nature Geoscience in January.

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