Congratulations to our 2014 graduating class
and happy summer to all!
Have a safe and enjoyable summer.
Fall classes begin with GEOL 554 on August 10th. Regular semester classes start on Monday, August 25th.
Senior Thesis Presentation
"Cretaceous and Paleogene deep-water trace fossils from turbidite beds in the Bridgeville area, Northwestern California: ichnotaxa, paleoecology, and depositional settings"
Friday, May 9, 2014, 3:30 PM
Senior Thesis Presentation
"Analysis of Grizzly Glacier in the 20th Century, Trinity Alps, California"
Thursday, May 8, 2014
FH 25, 5:00 PM
Senior Thesis Presentation
"Deformation band shear zone structure in unconsolidated sand and gravel unit along the northeast margin of the Mad River Fault Zone, east of Patrick's Point, California coastal region"
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
VMH 109, 4:20 PM
"Experimental Determination of Pre-eruptive Storage Conditions and Continuous Decompression of Rhyodacite Magma Erupted from Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic Center, California"
Geology Master's Thesis Presentation
Monday, May 5th, 2014
5:00 PM Founders Hall 25
Monday, April 28, 2014
"New Brighton Beach to the Pajaro River: an Anomalous Cpastline (no sea cliff erosion in the past 140-150 years. Why?"
Jerry Weber, Retired Geology faculty, UC Santa Cruz
CEO, Gerald E. Weber Consulting, Santa Cruz, CA
Founders Hall 25, 5:00 PM
"Medieval Megadroughts of California and the West: Configuring the Global Atmospheric Circulation""
Scott Stine, Professor Emeritus, CSU East Bay
Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Monday, April 21, 5:00PM Founders Hall 25
"Neotectonics, Geodesy, Seismic Hazard in the northern Walker Lane and Basin and Range of North America"
Dr. Steven Wesnousky, Foundation Professor & Director
Center for Neotectonic Studies
University of Nevada, Reno
April 3, 2014, Founders Hall 25, 5:00 PM
"Quaternary Tectonics of Santa Catalina Island"
Chris Castillo, Ph.D. Candidate
School of Earth Sciences
Monday, March 24th 5:00 PM
Founders Hall 25
"Laramide Flat-Slab Subduction and its Aftermath"
Gene Humphreys, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon
The Great Post-Civil War Geological Surveys of the American West
Ken Aalto, Professor Emeritus
Monday, March 10, 5:00 PM, FH 25
Coarse Sediment Augmentation on the Clackamas River, Oregon
Geoff Hales, Geologist (and HSU Alum)
McBain Associates Applied River Sciences
"Post-late-Pliocene kinematic evolution of the eastern California shear zone in he southern Death Valley region"
Dr. John Caskey, San Francisco State University
Monday, February 24th, 5:00 PM, Founders Hall 25
Spring 2014 Colloquium Schedule:
"A Slow Motion Flood, Rapid global and Local Sea Level Rise"
Michael J. Furniss
USFS Redwood Sciences Lab
Monday, February 17, 2014
5:00 PM, Founders Hall 118
Internation Education Week & Geology Colloquium
Takata High School's Boat: Tsunami Connections Between Northern California and Japan
Lori Dengler, HSU Geology
Wednesday, November 20th, 2:00 PM
Kate Buchanan Room
The Good, the Bad, the Algae: Toxic Algae in the Eel River
Keith Bouma-Gregson, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley
Monday, November 4, 2013, 5:00 PM
Founders Hall 25
Wind Canyons and Zombie Volcanoes: Geomorphology on the Andean Altiplano
UC Santa Cruz, Department of Geology
Monday, October 28, 2013
5:00 PM, Founders Hall 25
Free and open to all.
HSU Geology Special Lecture:
The Mountains Are Falling Apart
Dr. James McCalpin, GeoHaz Consulting
Geological Society of America, Jahns Distinguished Lecturer
Wednesday, September 24, 6:00 PM, Founders Hall 125
Welcome/Welcome Back to HSU Geology!
Please join us for our Fall 2013 GeoGathering.
The Earthquake Tsunami Room was recognized as the best nonprofit exhibit at the 2013 Humboldt County Fair. This is a recognition of the wonderful job students, staff and volunteers (many former HSU students) are doing in talking to visitors. Congratulations to Lori Dengler, Kerry Varkevisser, and the many volunteers that make it happen each year.
Harvey Kelsey was recently elected as a 2013 Geological Society of America Fellow.
"In a career spanning more than 30 years, Kelsey used field investigations of coastal environments to make important contributions to our understanding of the history and processes of great subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis in Cascadia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Japan." - quoted from nominator Ray E. Wells
This means we are honored to have three GSA Fellows in the department, Ken Aalto, Bud Burke, and now Harvey!
Summer 2013 Geology Student News
Joe Camacho Jr. – National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Summer Internship – Middle Tennessee State University Structural geology project using surface observations to search for blind (subsurface) faults in the North American platform, central Tennessee. Joe will present his summer research results at the fall meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC.
Kelly Morgan - seasonal hydrologic technician with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Kelly will be conducting surveys of geomorphic features in the Upper East Fork Weiser River in central Idaho using GPS and other methods and processing the data in a GIS model. Kelly will be using the Geomorphic Road Assessment and Inventory Package (GRAIP), a process and set of tools for analyzing the impacts of roads on forested watersheds. GRAIP combines a detailed road inventory with a powerful GIS analysis tool set to predict road sediment production and delivery, mass wasting risk from gullies and landslides, and road hydrologic connectivity.
Erin Quinn – Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History. Erin will be conducting high-temperature, high-pressure experiments on rocks from Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park. Erin’s work will be the first experimental phase equilibrium study on Chaos Crags and will provide important constraints on magma storage conditions at Chaos Crags. This is important for better understanding the volcanic hazards within Lassen Park.
Michelle Robinson – U.S. Geological Survey /National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Michelle will be based in Portland, OR working with USGS scientists on water-quality conditions in the Columbia River Basin, particularly "toxics"--anthropogenic-indicator compounds, pharmaceuticals, PBDEs, pesticides, legacy compounds, and others.
Claudia Velasco – NSF-REU, Field and Laboratory Research on Glacial Sedimentology in Brazil & Surficial Geology of West Central, Minnesota for Native American Women. University of Minnesota, Morris and la Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Claudia will be helping in an active research project on the origin and history of surficial deposits in west central Minnesota and the late Paleozoic glacial units of Brazil (the Itarare subgroup). This research will focus on: the influence of climate on ice stream movement, the significance of marine interaction and ice sheet grounding, and the nature of ice stream flow (sliding vs. deformation). Claudia will develop an independent research project during the internship.
Bobby Voeks - U.S. Geological Survey /National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Bobby will be working as a hydrologic technician measuring sediment inputs into Chesapeake Bay. He will be based at the USGS headquarters in Reston, VA.
Please join us May 10th at 2:00 PM in Founders Hall 25, for:
"Geomorphic LiDAR Mapping of Latest Pleistocene Deposits and the Western Fickle Hill Fault, Arcata, California", by Jessica Vermeer
Please join us May 9th at 5:00 PM in Founders Hall 25, for:
"Sedimentological and Mineralogical Evaluation of Sand Deposits from Crescent City, California, to Estimate Their Mode of Deposition: Paleotsunami or Storm", by Michelle L. Robinson.
Please join us Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at 5:00 PM in Founders Hall 25 for a Senior Thesis Presentation by Bobby Voeks:
"A Comparison of Past and Present Migration Rates: Investigating Influences of Tidal Fluctuation, River Discharge, and Ocean Swell on Migration of the Mad River Mouth near McKinleyville, northern California"
Monday, May 6th at 5:00 PM, in Founders Hall room 25
Jonathan P. O'Connell's senior thesis presentation:
Sea shells not by the sea shore, or....
"Paleoecologic Interpretation and Facies Analysis of Late Pleistocene Hookton Formation Fossil Deposits, Eureka, California"
Observed and Modeled Tsunami Current Velocities on California's North Coast
Amanda Admire MS Thesis defense
Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 5:00 PM in Founders Hall room 25
"Seismoturbidite Chronostratigraphy and Slope Stability Offshore Sumatra, Indonesia"
Jay Patton, Ph.D. Candidate, Oregon State University; HSU Alumnus
final Geology Spring colloquium
Monday, 4/29/13 at 5:00 PM in Founders Hall room 25
"750,000 Years of the Quaternary Geology in Mohawk Valley, Northeastern California"
Joanna Redwine, Geologist/Soils Geomorphologist,
Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, Colorado.
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Nevada, Reno
HSU Geology Alumnus
5:00 PM in 25 Founders Hall.
"Soils and Geomorphic Surfaces of the Anza-Borrego Region, Southern California",
Paul Rindfleisch, Soil Scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Denver, Colorado
1:00 PM in 25 Founders Hall (concurrent w/ Geol 558 lecture)
"Hydraulic Mining, Extreme Floods, and the
Geomorphic Context of the Trinity River, CA"
Andreas Krause, Hydraulic Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation,
Trinity River Restoration Program
April 8, 2013 - 5:00 PM - Founders Hall 25
The 2013 HSU Geology Newsletter is available here.
“Multi-Media Tools and Techniques for Documenting Complex Biophysical Processes: Watershed Restoration Viewed Through the Eyes and Cameras of a Geologist”
Thomas Dunklin - Fisheries Geo-Videologist, Thomas B. Dunklin Productions, HSU Alumnus
Dr. Russell Shapiro
Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences,
Monday, March 4th at 5:00 PM in
Founders Hall, room 25
Please join us next Monday, February 25th at 5:00 PM in Founders Hall, room 25, for a presentation by Dr. Ken Aalto, Department of Geology, HSU:
"The Great Charleston Earthquake (1886) and the Development of Seismology in North America"
SAVE THE DATE!
HSU Geology Alumni Reunion
What: Please join us for the first-ever "centennial" reunion of the HSU Geology Department! It will be a celebration of the past, present, and future of HSU Geology.
When: Saturday, May 25, 2013. 2:00PM – 11:00PM. Drop in for part of the festivities or spend the day!
2:00-6:00 - Open visitation time at the Grange
Appetizers & cash bar
6:00 - Main buffet dinner service begins
7:00 - Live auction with Bud
8:00 - Live music with Striped Pig String Band
11:00 - Silent auction ends/last call
Where: Bayside Grange in Arcata. Limited camping will be available nearby, but if you are looking for more upscale accommodations, book your room now!
Why: Friendship, Fun, and Food. Reconnect with classmates. Meet new folks. Share stories and memories of field camps past. Tour the department in the morning. Catch the start of the Kinetic Sculpture Race at noon.
PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD AND SHARE WITH ALL THE GEOLOGY ALUMNI YOU KNOW!
Dr. John Longshore, HSU Emeritus Professor of Geology; 1936-2012
Dr. John Longshore, beloved professor, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at his home on October 23, 2012 after an extended battle with cancer.
John came to HSU in 1965 and together with John Young and Frank Kilmer founded the Geology Department at Humboldt State College in 1966. John led the early grant writing efforts to secure the first analytical tools (petrographic microscopes; atomic absorption, x-ray diffraction & x-ray fluorescence spectrometers) in the department.
In 1984, John was awarded the HSU Outstanding Professor Award in recognition of his exceptional teaching and commitment to his students.
Throughout his career, John completed a long list of field mapping and geology consulting projects throughout the western US and inspired innumerable students to develop and pursue their passion for geology.
John entered the Faculty Early Retirement Program in 2000 and continued to teach half time until 2005. He continued to serve as a Senior Thesis advisor throughout his retirement and taught in the department in the spring 2007 to cover for a sabbatical leave.
John’s kindness, patience, high expectations, and love for field geology are paramount in the minds and hearts of all that knew him.
The Geology Department and geology alumni are establishing the “Longshore Field Geology Endowment” to honor John’s dedication to fieldwork and undergraduate geology education at HSU. The fund will support field and capstone experiences for students within the Geology programs at HSU.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Longshore Field Geology Endowment at Humboldt State University, Gift Processing Center, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299 with checks made payable to Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation.
The 2012 Geology Newsletter is available here.
Geology Faculty member Mark Hemphill-Haley and graduate student Paul Sundberg conducted a 10-day field reconnaissance study of the September 3, 2010 Canterbury Earthquake on New Zealand's South Island. Read their blog at:
Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year: Rob Thomas, professor of geology, at The University of Montana Western in Dillon, Mont. Thomas’s passion is teaching geology to students in the field so they can directly experience how the Earth works. With his help, the University of Montana Western became the first public university in the country to transition from regular semester courses to block scheduling. In “Experience One,” his geology students take a single course for 18 instructional days, working outdoors on real-world projects. For example, undergraduate students in his environmental field studies class conducted an analysis of stream restoration on the upper Big Hole River and drafted a 150-page assessment report—in 18 days. The project was a collaborative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local ranchers to help preserve an endangered fish species.