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Earth and Environmental Sciences- Formerly 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

  • 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)

  • 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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Jay Chapman in the field

Assistant Professor Jay Chapman suggests Arizona once looked like Tibet

Assistant Professor Jay Chapman and his colleagues have shown that much of the southwestern United States was once a vast high-elevation plateau, similar to Tibet today. This work has implications for the distribution of natural resources, such as copper, and provides insight into the formation of mountains during the plate subduction. (Photo by Adam Trzinski).

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

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

The Department is confident we are in good hands and wish Mark the very best.


Jackalope Solomon IslandsJackalope Miniboat Repaired, Finally Sails Again

After nearly two and a half years dry-docked on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, the Jackalope has finally set sail again.

The small sailboat, originally put together by students in the University of Wyoming’s Lab School, was launched -- with a rebuilt sail, a fresh paint job and new GPS tracker -- from a tiny atoll in the Solomon Islands Jan. 24 at about 7:30 a.m. Solomon Islands time. Slightly more than three years ago, Assoc. Prof. Mike Cheadle and fellow geology Professor Barbara John, first launched the Jackalope in the Pacific Ocean with the hope it would wash up on some distant shore and be discovered.

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Video Highlights

Department Highlights

Ken Sims at Summer Coon

Faculty Highlight

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

Tom Ashley

Student Highlight

PhD student Tom Ashley received an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the Fall AGU meeting in San Francisco and a best presentation award at the RCEM meeting in Auckland, New Zealand.

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