TIMS Facility Manager Ryan Mills and colleagues publish a paper on felsic magmatism on the Moon.


Associate Professor Laura Moore and colleagues publish a new article in the journal Geology describing evidence for autocyclic formation of coastal dunes ( link ).


Professor and Chair Jonathan Lees and Postdoctoral Scholar Cemal ‘Berk’ Biryol are interviewed on their current research following the 2011 Virginia Earthquake ( link).


Associate Professor Tamlin Pavelsky has an interview with Endeavors .


Colloquium Fall 2016

Our Fall 2016 Colloquium series schedule is now posted.


MS candidate Margaret Jones was recently profiled for the Women in Science Wednesday series ( link ).


MS candidate Tim Ronan is interviewed on his research ( link ).


Congratulations to PhD candidate George Allen for being awarded a NC Space Grant for Summer 2016. See more about the summer fellowship here .
Geological Sciences’ postdoctoral researcher Berk Biryol has recently been interviewed on his research here: …


Elsemarie deVries, Geological Sciences Ph.D. candidate and member of the Coastal Environmental Change Lab (Moore) has been awarded an NSF Graduate Student Fellowship.


Associate Professor Tamlin Pavelsky and PhD Candidate George Allen were recently interviewed for Carolina Connection, a local radio show. …
PhD candidate Madelyn Percy’s doctoral research in the Galapagos is discussed ( link )


Professor Allen Glazner and Roger Putnam (MS 2013) were presented with the Mary B. Ansari Best Reference Work by the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) at its annual meeting in…


PhD candidate Mejs Hasan is a finalist in the Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis® competition( http://threeminutethesis.org/ ). The final round of UNC-Chapel…


The annual UNC CH Department of Geological Sciences’ Alumni Recption will be held on Monday, November 2, 2015 from 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM at the Hilton Baltimore, Key Ballroom 3. …


Postdoctoral scholar, Evan Goldstein has been recognized as a recipient of the 2015 Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduates.


PhD candidate Danny Bowman’s work has been featured in UNC Research video: https://vimeo.com/141007279
Congratulations to PhD candidate Ryan Frazer for being the first award recipeint of the John A. Black Award from the Geological Society of America. Ryan’s proposal was “Neodymium isotope…


Congratulations to current PhD candidate Sanja Antonijevic and alumnus Dr. Abhash Kumar, who have a paper out in this issue of Nature: …
PhD candidates, Elizabeth Humphries and George Allen were featured on Alaska News Nightly, a public radio program that airs on stations throughout the state. Here’s the clip,…


PhD candidate George Allen and Associate Professor Tamlin Pavelsky had their paper and dataset on North American river widths featured on the NASA Earth Observatory “Image of the Day”…


Congratulations to Danny Bowman, a PhD candidate in Geological Sciences for receiving an outstanding student presentation award for his oral presentation (Infrasound in the stratosphere…


Check out Geological Sciences Chair Jonathan Lees and students down in Chile working on exciting volcanoes http://www.unc.edu/spotlight/to-the-heart-of-the-earth/


Gates

Sarah Cooley, a senior Geological Sciences major, has won a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study fast glacier flow in Greenland at the Scott Polar Research Institute. Read…


Please join us in congratulating our own Mike Willis on his paper in Nature , which just came out today: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature14116.html .…


John J.W. Rogers

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus John J.W. Rogers passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015. John joined the Geological Sciences faculty in 1975 and remained active in supporting…


Nature Climate Change publishes an article titled, “ Barrier Island bistability induced by biophysical feedbacks ” by Laura Moore and former UNC-CH postdoc Orencio Duran. …


Assistant Professor Position Search

The Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position focusing on fluids in the lithosphere, at the Assistant Professor level, to begin July 2015. We…


7th Annual Carolina Climate Change Seminar

7th Annual Carolina Climate Change Seminar Thursday October 23, 2014 7:30pm FedEx Global Education Center Nelson Mandela Auditorium


Geological Sciences’ Alumna Mallory Nickel (2012) a UNC-BEST and Environmental Geology major is in the news.


Professor Jose Rial will be a keynote speaker at the “Advances in Climate Theory” workshop in Brussels (August 25th-27th). For more information, please click here …


Professor John Dennison

Emeritus Geology Professor, Dr. John Dennison passed away on June 2nd. Please see below for an obituary chronicling his life and achievements. JOHN MANLEY DENNISON…


Jonathan Lees was honored at the annual Seismological Society of America meeting in Anchorage for his contributions as Editor-in-Chief of Seismological Research Letters…


Danny Bowman was recognized at the Seismological Society of America meeting in Anchorage for being granted a student travel grant to participate in the meeting. Last year Danny won…


UNC Geological Sciences alumna, Jennifer Bauer, discusses the politics of landslide mapping. Read about it here.


Assistant Professor Tamlin Pavelsky is interviewed about his research in finding fresh water as lead hydroogist of the NASA/France joint satellite mission called the Surface Water Ocean…


Listen as Assistant Professor Ben Mirus discusses the landslide in Washington on WPTF (wptf.com)


Asst. Professor Tamlin Pavelsky, has been awarded a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Please read more about this prestigious award at…


Geological Sciences PhD student Danny Bowman will be participating in a storytelling event about science experiments gone wrong. #ScienceFail…


Heels On Earth, Fall 2013

Heels on Earth, Fall 2013


Prof. Surge on YouTube WOWS

See Prof. Donna Surge’s WOWS video… http://college.unc.edu/2013/11/21/wows2013/


Jason Hallman, UNC senior in Geological Sciences, inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.

Jason Hallman, UNC senior in Geological Sciences, inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.


Graduate Student Wins Sigma Xi Medal

Ph.D. candidate Xiao Yang was awarded the medal for best poster presentation in the combined category of Geosciences and Environmental Sciences at the annual Sigma Xi Student Research…


Daily Tar Heel talks about the growing popularity of Geological Sciences

Job options draw students to geology http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/09/geol-0920


Prof. Kevin Stewart is featured in an article in the University Gazette

Prof. Kevin Stewart is featured in an article, about geology, in the University Gazette. To read the whole article please go to …


David Walters’ Thesis Defense

Please join us for David Walters’ M.S. defense on Monday, August 19 at 1:45 p.m. in Mitchell room 205, entitled: “Overwash Deposition Stabilizes Backbarrier Marshes as Sea Level Rises:…


Adam Curry M.S. Defense

Please join us for Adam Curry’s M.S. defense on Wednesday, August 14 at 10 a.m. in Mitchell room 205, entitled: “The role of shear heating in producing crystal-poor obsidian.”


Daniel Bowman Receives a Student Presentation Award

Ph.D. student Daniel C. Bowman, won a Student Presentation Award for his oral presentation “The Hilbert-Huang transform applied to seismo-acoustic signals on volcanoes” at the…


Donna Surge Selected as WOWS Scholar

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Surge, who was selected as a Working on Women in Science (WOWS) Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences. The WOWS initiative is dedicated to the recruitment,…


Prof. Jose Rial Featured in Documentary on Greenland

Prof. Jose Rial is featured in a documentary on Greenland. For more news and information on how to donate, check out http://gatekeepersofthearctic.com/gatekeepers.


Glazner and Putnam Good Day Sacramento Interview

Watch Prof. Allen Glazner and Roger Putnam (M.S. 2013) discuss their mapping of El Capitan on Good Day Sacramento ( http://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/video/9020405-el-capitan-map/ ).


Putnam interview in National Geographic

Roger Putnam (M.S. 2013) discusses his innovative Master’s work mapping Yosemite’s El Capitan in High-Res 3-D in National Geographic.


Chasing Ice Film Screening with Jose Rial

Chasing Ice In the spring of 2005, acclaimed National Geographic environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment: to capture images to…


Grand Unveiling of the Reconstructed Rauisuchian (Alison)

Please join us for the grand unveiling of the reconstructed Rauisuchian by Dr. Joseph Carter and his team of assistants. Where: Graham Memorial Hall When:…


Roger Putnam Receives Tanner Award

Roger Putnam, a current M.S. student, was honored with the Tanner Award for excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants.


N. Korea Nuclear Test Recorded

This plot shows two raw seismograms recorded at the Global Seismic Network station MDJ in China. In blue is the May 25, 2009 North Korean nuclear test, and in red is…


Dr. Rial’s latest Paper Accepted into Nature

Synchronization of the climate system to eccentricity forcing and the 100ky problem, by Professor J. A. Rial, J. Oh, and E. Reischmann will be published in Nature Geoscience.


Faculty Job Opportunity

The Department of Geological Sciences invites applications for a position with a focus on Surface Water/Groundwater Interactions. The candidate’s research focus may include the…


Dr. Jose Rial Featured in New Book

Dr. Jose Rial is featured in is a new book out by Craig Childs, a well known nature writer, entitled “Apocalyptic Planet” You can see the book and a trailer at http://www.amazon.com/Apocalyptic-Planet-Field-Guide-Everending/dp/0307379094.


2012 Alumni Newsletter

The 2012 Alumni Newsletter is here ! Check out all of the happenings in the department as well as your classmates’ and colleagues’ updates.


Kate Huntington wins 2012 Donath Medal from the Geological Society of America

Kate Huntington (nee Ruhl, BS 2001) has won the 2012 Donath Medal from the Geological Society of America. This award goes to the top young scientist for outstanding achievement in…


Frazer discusses field trip to Owens Valley, Long Valley and Yosemite National Park

Master’s student Ryan Frazer recently wrote a blog post for Graduate Research Consultant Program Blog, GRC@UNC , about his experience as a GRC for GEOL 72H: Field Geology of Eastern…


Lees Interviewed about Tungurahua Research

Dr. Jonathan Lees was recently interviewed about his current research at Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador. In it, he discusses the novel technique he and his collaborators developed to…


Moore interviewed for Endeavors Magazine

Endeavors Magazine features an article about Dr. Laura Moore’s research on the North Carolina Outer Banks.


Lees’ editorial

An opinion piece by Dr. Jonathan Lees, ” Open and Free: Software and Scientific Reproducibility ” has been published in the September/October 2012 issue of Seismological Research Letters.


Geological Sciences Homecoming

The Department will be hosting a Geological Sciences Homecoming in Chapel Hill on Saturday, November 3, 2012 in association with the annual GSA meeting in Charlotte (although you don’t…


Carter interviewed

Dr. Joseph Carter and his students were interviewed about their reconstruction of a rauisuchian, a pre-dinosaur reptile. See the whole story at the News and Observer.


Severe Storm

A severe storm rocked Chapel Hill and the surrounding region on Tuesday, July 24th. A large tree fell onto South Columbia Street right outside Mitchell Hall. It fell onto a car, but the…


Lees’ and Kim’s Research Featured in New Article

Dr. Jonathan Lees and Ph.D. candidate Keehoon Kim are featured in an article discussing their research studying the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador.


Intersection of Irish legends and Geology

Siobhan Kenney, a Geological Sciences undergraduate student, has been researching the intersection of irish legends and geology in Dublin at UCD and the National Library. Click here to see…


Kim and Lees Win Outstanding Poster Award

Ph.D. student Keehoon Kim and his advisor, Dr. Jonathan Lees , won an award for “Outstanding poster presentation regarding novel application of R” at the 8th International R User…


River Discharge Algorithms of the NASA/CNES SWOT Satellite Mission Workshop

Dr. Tamlin Pavelsky is organizing a workshop June 18-20 th for scientists interested in the river discharge algorithms of the NASA/CNES SWOT satellite mission. More information on the…


Putnam interview

Geological Sciences graduate student Roger Putnam takes research to new heights as he combines geology, photography, 3D rendering, and rock climbing for his master’s research on El Capitan in…


Geophysics Graduates have 0% Unemployment

A recent article in Yahoo! Finance profiled several recent college graduates about how their majors have provided ample career opportunities for them. One former student, a 2007 graduate of…


Congratulations to Lt. Winchester

Congratulations to Cristine Winchester, who passed her master’s thesis defense on the 30th of April. Cristine is a lieutenant and the executive officer for the 875th engineer company…


Dr. Lara Wagner Interviewed on Seismic Study

Dr. Lara Wagner was recently interviewed about the upcoming UNC-Chapel Hill seismic project that will document earth movements in Lee and Chatham counties. Read the full story by The News…


Advanced Field Geology

Over spring break Prof. Drew Coleman and 14 students, both graduate and undergraduate, will be engaging in geologic mapping of a structurally complex part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park…


Colloquium Schedule

Department Colloquium Schedule Click the link below for a PDF of our Spring 2012 colloquium schedule. Spring 2012 Colloquium Schedule


Special issue of Seismological Research Letters focuses on 2011 Christchurch, NZ earthquake

Organized by Editor-in-Chief Dr. Jonathan Lees , the journal Seismological Research Letters has published a special issue focusing on the M 6.2 Christchurch, NZ earthquake of…


6th Annual Carolina Climate Change Seminar

6th Annual Carolina Climate Change Seminar Dr. Benjamin D. Santer of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is the invited speaker at the 6th Annual Carolina Climate Change Seminar,…


Feature in Nature Discusses the Good Job Opportunities Available to Aspiring Geoscientists

“Mention geoscience and people often imagine trekking to far-flung regions to hammer rocks. But the discipline offers a wide range of opportunities beyond this,” says Sid Perkins in a…


Dr. Lees on Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami

Dr. Jonathan Lees , an expert in seismology and volcanology, recently sat down for an interview about the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan in mid-March.…


Panel Discussion on Japan: Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Crisis

Panel Discussion on Japan: Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear Crisis Thursday, March 24th 5:30 p m – 7:00 pm FedEx Global Education Center Nelson Mandela Auditorium The panelists include a…


M 9.0 Earthquake off Japan

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck northern Japan today near the city of Sendai on the island of Honshu. The quake struck at 2:46 pm local time (12:46 am EST), and was followed by a…


Prof. Emeritus Paul Fullagar and UNC Isotope Geochemistry Lab featured in National Geographic Special

Professor Emeritus Paul Fullagar and the UNC Isotope Geochemistry Lab featured in National Geographic special In a special that aired in summer 2010, Professor Emeritus Paul Fullagar ,…


Wagner to be Featured on National Geographic Show

Dr. Lara Wagner will be featured on an upcoming television special, “X-Ray Earth” on the National Geographic Channel. It will air at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on May 22nd and 24th.


Lees named editor-in-chief of seismology journal

Dr. Jonathan Lees has been named editor-in-chief of Seismological Research Letters . The bimonthly journal is published by the Seismological Society of America, an…


Order Your Geology Club T-Shirt

It’s that time of year again to order t-shirts for the Geology Club here at UNC! The front of the t-shirt will have the SediMetaIgne logo on the front left pocket area. The back…


Glazner Receives Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award

Prof. Allen F. Glazner Receives the 2011 J. Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching Congratulations to Prof. Allen F. Glazner for being this year’s…


UNC-BEST Application Deadline

The application deadline for the UNC Baccalaureate in Science & Teaching is March 1, 2011. Online application materials are available online at the UNC-BEST website .


Lees in the Raleigh News & Observer

In January, Professor Jonathan Lees was featured in a Raleigh News & Observer article, ‘ Taking the pulse of volcanoes .’ In it, he discusses his research at…


Rial On The Move

Eariler this month, Dr. Jose Rial gave an invited key-note speech on the nonlinear dynamics of the climate system at UC San Diego at a meeting on the “Multidecadal and Centennial ENSO…


Astronaut Field Training

Prof. Allen Glazner spent 2 days in August in Los Alamos, New Mexico, helping to train the newest class of astronaut candidates. On this mission, Allen was assigned 2 astronauts to lead…


Science Cafe to Feature Kevin Stewart

The NC Museum of Natural Sciences in conjunction with Sigma Xi presents Science Cafe on Tuesday, May 18th. UNC-Chapel Hill Geological Sciences’ Kevin Stewart will be the featured speaker…


Lees Interviewed on Mt. Eyjafjallajokull Eruption

As Mt. Eyjafjallajokull continues spewing ash into the air, UNC Geological Sciences’ Jonathan Lees helps to answer the questions everyone is asking. Speaking from his expertise in…


University-wide Undergrad Research Symposium

University-wide undergraduate research symposium Friday, April 23, 2010, 1pm at the Center for Dramatic Art (CDA), on Country Club Road in Chapel Hill. Seven students from the department…


POLAR EXPLORATION April 21

POLAR EXPOLORATION: Captivating tales of Polar explorers and a live solo flute performance with photos, video and nature sounds of Antarctica – Dr. Jose Rial will be a part of the discussion…


Goldwater Scholarships Awarded 2010

Daven Quinn selected as a Goldwater Scholar! Congratulations to Daven on this competitive and highly selective award! The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit…


3 Awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

We are pleased to announce that three of our undergraduate students – Miquela Ingalls, Mallory Nickel and Daven Quinn – were awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships from the Office…


Careers in Geology: March 18th, 5:00pm

Thursday evening, March 18th, starting at 5pm , the Carolinas Section of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists will present a PIZZA-dinner seminar on careers in…


Professor Wagner on TV talking about earthquakes

Professor Lara Wagner was on NBC17 Wednesday night, March 10, discussing the Chile earthquake and how it was recorded in North Carolina on her network of seismic stations. See it here.


Heels on Earth Newsletter Winter 2010

The latest edition of Heels on Earth, the Geological Sciences Alumni Newsletter, has just been released. Download it here.


Geological Sciences receives $9,000 in grants from ExxonMobil

Geology receives $9,000 in grants from ExxonMobil


Jonathan Lees Talks Earthquakes with WRAL

UNC Seismologist, Jonathan Lees, talks with TimeWarner Cable’s local news station, WRAL, about the recent earthquakes happening around the globe. Read the full story and watch the interview.


Kurt Frankel is “Science Guy” on the Daily Show!

UNC Geological Sciences alum Kurt Frankel is the Science Guy trying to explain the Chilean earthquake to CNN’s Rick Sanchez on March 1st’s The Daily Show. Watch it here.


CNN Interview on Chile Earthquake

UNC Geological Sciences Alum, Kurt Frankel speaks to CNN on Chile and Haiti earthquakes.


Wagner talk

A public talk entitled “ AFTERSHOCKS: The Science of Earthquakes ” will be given by Dr. Lara Wagner , Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, at the…


Meteorite

A chondritic meteorite crashed through the roof of a doctor’s office in Williamsburg, VA on January 18. See a news report.


New faculty

We are very pleased to welcome new faculty members Jason Barnes (surface processes, tectonics) and Melissa Hudley (geoscience education, UNC-BEST program) to the department!


Haiti earthquake

Links to geologic information about the Haiti earthquake of January 12: U.S. Geological Survey IRIS


Video of Eureka, CA M6.5 earthquake of January 9

California earthquake: very interesting security camera footage of the January 9 M6.5 earthquake near Eureka, CA has been posted.


Lees to work on volcanoes in Galapagos

Prof. Jonathan Lees has been awarded a seed grant from UNC’s Center for Galapagos Studies to work on harmonic tremor at the volcanoes Cerro Azul and Sierra Negra.


Glazner on History Channel

Professor Allen Glazner will be featured as an expert in a History Channel program on Tuesday evening, December 22. The program is on the origin of Yosemite’s landscape and is part of the…


Website live!

The new website is LIVE! Thanks to all who helped make it happen–especially the staff at New Media Campaigns, Darrell Sandiford, and Justin Simmons.
Coleman named Jaroslav Folda Professor


Prof. Drew Coleman has been named the Jaroslav Folda Distinguished Term Professor in Undergraduate Research & Teaching. Congratulations Drew! This honor reflects the hard work and…