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The Department of Earth Science is searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Earth Surface Processes As part of a cluster hire,.

As part of UCSB's summer series "GRIT talks" at Pollock Theater, Dave Valentine will give a talk...

  • Professor Bruce Tiffney

Professor Bruce Tiffney was named one of five recipients of the Margaret T. Getman and William J. Villa Service to Students Awards.  The annual awards recognize university staff, faculty, and departments that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the general growth and development of students and the quality of student life.  The nominees and recipients will be honored with a reception on Wednesday, June 1 at 9:00 AM, at the Student Affairs divisional meeting in Corwin Pavilion.

  • Professor Bruce Luyendyk

Emeriti Professor Bruce Luyendyk has been honored by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names by naming a peak in Antarctica after him.  Mount Luyendyk, as the peak is now known, is situated in Antarctica’s remote Fosdick Mountains, a place the tectonics expert knows well from his years conducting field research there.  It was two of Luyendyk’s former Ph.D. students, Christine Siddoway and Chris Sorlien, who proposed the commemorative name, which the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) officially adopted January 19.  “Fundamentally, it is Bruce’s research contributions to West Antarctica and science advocacy over 25 years that make him deserving of a place name designation,” said Siddoway.  To view the complete story, surf to http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2016/016718/mountain-man

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Jiong Wang and Augustine Houlemard

JIong Wang and Augustine Houlemard were dual recipients of the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award at the Department Awards Ceremony on June 2, 2016.

Shelby Fredrickson explains her poster at the 2016 Graduate Student Research Review

Shelby Fredrickson explains her poster at the 2016 Graduate Student Research Review

Mount Luyendyk, the Antarctic peak named for Professor Bruce Luyendyk
in April 2016

Melissa Morse receives the 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award from Professor James Boles

Ruth Harris receives the 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award from Professor Ralph Archuleta

Susannah Porter, right, presented Minda Monteagudo with the 2016 Wendell Phillips Woodring Award.

At the post-ceremony Muckers' Barbecue

At the post-ceremony barbecue hosted annually by the Muckers

Mareike Adams and Robin Matoza at 2016 Graduate Student Research Review

Mareike Adams and Robin Matoza at 2016 Graduate Student Research Review

Sophie Briggs explains geology at a local elementary school

Graduate student Sophie Briggs explains geology at a local elementary school.

A poster session animated the conversation at the February 2015 Rooftop Reception.

A poster session animated the conversation
at the February 2015 Rooftop Reception.

Lively discussion at Rooftop Reception including Geography, Earth Research Institute, the Bren School and, the host, Earth Science.


Lively discussion at Rooftop Reception including Geography,
Earth Research Institute, the Bren School and, the host, Earth Science.

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UCSB faculty, Alex Simms, and PhD student, Laura Reynolds,
collecting cores & seismic data in the Nueces Bayhead Delta, Texas

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UCSB graduate students returning from the deployment
of a tide gauge in Baffin Bay, Texas

Graham Hagen-Peter describes fossils at an elementary school's recent science night.

Graham Hagen-Peter describes fossils at an elementary school's science night.

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Students investigate aftermath of a tsunami within a caldera (Iceland).
Note strandline of pumice

Iceland Field Trip 2014

Iceland Field Trip 2014

Undergraduate field mapping in Eastern California

Undergraduate field mapping in Eastern California

Sand dunes in Death Valley

Sand dunes in Death Valley

Folds in the eastern Andes

Folds in the eastern Andes

Field mapping course on Santa Cruz Island

Field mapping course on Santa Cruz Island

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