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Geology and Geophysics

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    Geology & Geophysics Field Camp, California 2019

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

    150 students, 26 faculty, scholarship accounts worth over $620,000

  • FIG 2019 Ken Sims Yellowstone

    Prof Ken Sims and Dr Susan Swapp leading the Freshman Interest Group (FIG) in Yellowstone 2019

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    Diversity & Inclusivity: we will strive in all our endeavors to promote diversity and advance inclusion and equity in thought, perspective, culture and human identity (click image for more)

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    Ranked best value Geology Department in the country in 2019, 2020 and 2021

Department News


UW Department of Geology and Geophysics once again 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 2021 “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.

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Rocky Mountain Rendezvous 2021

Rocky Mountain Rendezvous 2021

The 2021 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous sponsored by The University of Wyoming's Department of Geology and Geophysica and School of Energy Resources will take place virtually on Monday, September 20 & Tuesday September 21, 2021. Student registration opens Monday, August 2 at 9 am MST.

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Interested in sponsorship opportunities?

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swapp-susan-125x150.jpgDr. Susan Swapp named a Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Fellow

Dr. Susan Swapp has been named a Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) Fellow. The SEG is an international society with a focus on the field of economic geology. Society of Economic Geologists. Dr. Swapp has authored and co-authored publications contributing to economic geology, including advancing our understanding of uranium roll-front deposits, textural studies of the Broken Hill orebody, and documenting the evolution of anorthosite complexes, among many others. Congratulations, Susan! 

Also, congratulations on your retirement- you will be sorely missed-  but I'm sure you will still be around.


grana-dario-225x270.jpgAssociate Professor Dario Grana named Wyoming Excellence Chair

The UW Wyoming Excellence chairs are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Grana is recognized for his work in advancing the development of innovative quantitative methods to improve the characterization of subsurface reservoirs. In 2014, he was honored with the Eni Award for developing an innovative method to obtain information about oil and gas reservoirs using seismic techniques.

Grana has been a champion for diversity and inclusion on the UW campus in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Tackling issues of implicit bias and systemic racism.

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Recent Publications

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Video Highlights

Department Highlights

Janet Dewey

Faculty Highlight

Janet Dewey was appointed by Gov. Mark Gordon to serve a four-year term on the Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists. The mission of the Board is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by promoting the practice of geology by professional geologists. Congratulations Janet.

Crystal Luna NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Student Highlight

Crystal Luna receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study marine geology and geophysics for her Masters degree. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is one of the nation’s most highly competitive awards for graduate studies.

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