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2014 HSU Geology Newsletter

2014 HSU Geology Newsletter

Congratulations to 2014 graduates!

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 - Jason Kracke 5/9/14 3:30 PM

Senior Thesis Presentation

"Cretaceous and Paleogene deep-water trace fossils from turbidite beds in the Bridgeville area, Northwestern California: ichnotaxa, paleoecology, and depositional settings"

Jason Kracke

Friday, May 9, 2014, 3:30 PM

VMH 109

Senior Thesis - Ian Pierce 5/8/14 5:00 PM

Senior Thesis Presentation

"Analysis of Grizzly Glacier in the 20th Century, Trinity Alps, California"

Ian Pierce

Thursday, May 8, 2014

FH 25, 5:00 PM

Senior Thesis - Brian Blakely 5/7/14 4:20 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"

Brian Blakely

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

VMH 109, 4:20 PM

Master’s Thesis presentation May 5th - Erin Quinn

"Experimental Determination of Pre-eruptive Storage Conditions and Continuous Decompression of Rhyodacite Magma Erupted from Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic Center, California"

Erin Quinn

Geology Master's Thesis Presentation

Monday, May 5th, 2014

5:00 PM Founders Hall 25

Colloquium, 4/28/14 - Why no coastal erosion, New Brighton Beach to Pajaro River? - Gerald Weber

Geology Colloquium

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

Colloquium, 4/21/14 - Medieval Megadroughts of CA and the West - Scott Stine, Lamont-Doherty

Geology Colloquium

"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

Colloquium, 4/3/14 - Neotectonics, Geodesy, Seismic Hazard in Basin & Range - Steven Wesnousky, UNR

Geology Colloquium

"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

Colloquium, 4/2/14 - Quaternary Tectonics of Santa Catalina Island - Chris Castillo, Stanford

Geology Colloquium

"Quaternary Tectonics of Santa Catalina Island"

Chris Castillo, Ph.D. Candidate

School of Earth Sciences

Stanford University

Colloquium, 3/24/14 - Laramide Flat-Slab Subduction - Gene Humphreys, University of Oregon

Geology Colloquium

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

Colloquium, 3/10/14 - Great post-Civil War Geological Surveys of the American West, Ken Aalto

The Great Post-Civil War Geological Surveys of the American West

Ken Aalto, Professor Emeritus

HSU Geology

Monday, March 10, 5:00 PM, FH 25

Colloquium, 3/1/14 - Coarse sediment augmentation Clackmas River, OR - Geoff Hales

Coarse Sediment Augmentation on the Clackamas River, Oregon

Geoff Hales, Geologist (and HSU Alum)

McBain Associates Applied River Sciences

Colloquium 2/24/14 - John Caskey, SFSU, Kinematic evolution eastern CA shear zone in Death Valley

"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

Spring 2014 Colloquium Schedule:

Colloquium, 2/17/14 - A slow motion flood, sea level rise - Michael Furniss, RSL

"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

Spring 2014 GeoGathering

Bachelor’s Thesis Presentation - Eric Ball, Friday, Dec 6, 4:00 PM, FH 25

36th Annual Rock Auction Friday, Dec. 6th 6:30PM

Bachelor’s Thesis Presentation - Claudia Janet Velasco Campos, Thursday, Dec 5, 4:30 PM, FH 163

Master’s Thesis Defense - Paul Sundberg, Tuesday, Dec 3, 4:00 PM, VMH 109

Master’s Thesis Defense - J. Scott Padgett, Monday, Dec 2, 5:00 PM, FH 118

Lori Dengler - Nov 20 - Tsunami connections between N. CA and Japan, Takata High’s boat

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

Colloquium 11/4/13 - The Good, the Bad, the Algae: Toxic Algae in the Eel River

The Good, the Bad, the Algae: Toxic Algae in the Eel River

Geology Colloquium

Keith Bouma-Gregson, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley

Monday, November 4, 2013, 5:00 PM

Founders Hall 25

Colloquium, 10/28/13 - Wind Canyons and Zombie Volcanoes - Jonathan Perkins, UCSC

Wind Canyons and Zombie Volcanoes: Geomorphology on the Andean Altiplano

Jonathan Perkins

UC Santa Cruz, Department of Geology

Geology Colloquium

Monday, October 28, 2013

5:00 PM, Founders Hall 25

Free and open to all.

The Mountains Are Falling Apart - Dr. James McCalpin

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

Fall 2013 Geogathering

Welcome/Welcome Back to HSU Geology!

Please join us for our Fall 2013 GeoGathering.

Earthquake Tsunamis Room at the Humboldt County Fair Wins Award

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 elected GSA Fellow

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

Congratulations, Harvey!


This means we are honored to have three GSA Fellows in the department, Ken Aalto, Bud Burke, and now Harvey!

Geology students work far and wide this summer!

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.

Jessica Vermeer - Senior Thesis ‘LiDAR Mapping Fickle Hill Fault’’

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

Michelle Robinson - Senior Thesis ‘Crescent City Sand: Tsunami or Storm?’

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.


Bobby Voeks - Senior Thesis ‘Migration of the Mad River Mouth’’

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"

Jonathan O’Connell - Senior Thesis ‘Sea Shells Not By The Seashore’

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"


Field Camp meeting and lecture

MS Thesis Presentation 5/2/13

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

Colloquium 4/29/13 “Seismoturbidites and slope stability offshore Sumatra”

"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

Colloquium 4/12/13 “750,000 Years of the Quaternary Geology in Mohawk Valley, Northeastern CA”

"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.

Bonus Colloquium 4/12/13 “Soils and Geomorphic Surfaces of the Anza-Borrego, CA”

"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)

Colloquium 4/8/13 “Hydraulic Mining, Extreme Floods, and Geomorphology of the Trinity River”

"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

2013 HSU Geology Newsletter

The 2013 HSU Geology Newsletter is available here.

Colloquium 3/25/13 “Multi-Media Techniques Documenting Complex Biophysical Processes”

“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

Colloquium 3/4/13 - “Stromatolites even John Longshore would love!”

"Stromatolites even John Longshore would love!"

Dr. Russell Shapiro

Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences,

CSU Chico

Monday, March 4th at 5:00 PM in
Founders Hall, room 25

Colloquium 2/25/13 - “Great Charleston Earthquake 1886”

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"


Geology Alumni Reunion


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!

Tentative schedule:

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.

RSVPand get on the reunion mailing list by contacting Laurie at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Interested in helping out?  Let us know! 



Colloquium 2/4/13 - “Chasing Tsunamis”

Spring Geogathering

John Longshore, 1936-2012

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.

Dr. John D. Longshore

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 Geology Department is collecting written reflections and remembrances of John.  If you have a story to share, please send it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line "John Longshore."  We will gather the responses to share with John's family. 

Thank you.

2012 HSU Geology Newsletter

The 2012 Geology Newsletter is available here.

HSU Geology Team Studies New Zealand Earhquake

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:

HSU Geology Alumnus Rob Thomas awarded US Professor of the Year

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.