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Geology and Geophysics

  • UW geology and geophysics students sitting on rocks at the 2019 field camp

    Geology & Geophysics Field Camp, California 2019

  • UW geology and geophysics students on side of hill examining rocks

    220 students, 29 faculty, scholarship accounts worth over $620,000

  • Carol Frost 2019 Min Soc President

    Professor Carol Frost Elected 101st President of Mineralogical Society of America 2019

  • Neil Humphrey and Nate Maier Greenland

    Professor Neil Humphrey and graduate student Nate Maier on rapidly sliding ice in Greenland

  • University of Wyoming department of Geology and Geophysics building

    Ranked best value Geology Department in the country

Department News


UW Department of Geology and Geophysics ranked best value for money

The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in a new “best value” list by College Factual, an online service that helps “every student get their best fit education for less”.  The rankings also take into account the average time students take to graduate, as well as the quality the school provides and the average yearly cost of attendance.

College Factual also ranked the Geology major as the best major offered by the University of Wyoming for 2019. 

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Welcome to new additions to the Department

Welcome to our new members of the Department

We welcome the four new members of the department who arrived this Fall. From left to right: Vicky Boyles, Business Manager; Brian Kelley, Assistant Professor in Sedimentology; Tom Minckley, Professor in Biogeography and Conservation and J J Shinker, Professor in Paleo- and Hydro-climatology. Our future is in good hands!

Riebe field work 2019Porosity Production in Weathered Rock: Where Volumetric Strain Dominates over Chemical Mass Loss

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. Weathering of subsurface rock in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California occurs due more to rocks expanding than from chemical decomposition. “Saprolite in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains is a source of water for ecosystems and humans.” Riebe says. “Climate is changing. It helps us understand an important reservoir for water in the U.S. West.”

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Carrick Eggleston and Tammy MackBest Wishes and many thanks to Carrick Eggleston and Tammy Mack

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

Carrick is now Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an adjunct Professor here in the Dept. of Geology & Geophysics.

Tammy moved next door to the Wyoming Geological Survey and is now their Administration Manager. We wish them both well with their future careers, and thank them so much for all that they've done for the Dept. of Geology & Geophysics.


Video Highlights

Department Highlights

Brad Carr and John Kaszuba

Faculty Highlight

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

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Student Highlight

MS student Nathan Swaim received a Graduate Student Fellowship from the Society of Economic Geologists and a GSA Graduate Student Research Grant.

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