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  • 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

The Department of Earth Science invites applications for 7-10 graduate student Teaching Assistants during the 2016-17 academic year in the following areas: Earth Systems, Oceanography, Biogeology, Geochemistry, Geology, and Geophysics.

Description and Minimum Qualifications

TEACHING ASSISTANT: A Teaching Assistant may be assigned responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, the following duties: attending the assigned course, conducting section meetings, holding regularly scheduled office hours, reading and grading student papers, homework, and examinations, etc. Specific responsibilities for individual courses are determined by the faculty supervisor, Department, or College.

Minimum qualifications for appointment as a Teaching Assistant are full time registered UCSB status as a graduate student at the time of employment, and good academic standing as well as completion of the UCSB TA Orientation or equivalent training.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and teaching evaluations (if any) to:

Yann Ricard, Graduate Program Coordinator Department of Earth Science
1006 Webb Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9630 


Area of Specialization: Earth Systems, Biogeology, Geochemistry, Geology, Geophysics & Paleobiology.

Applications are invited for possible temporary Lecturer appointments (part-time) during the 2016-17 academic year in the following areas: Earth Systems, Biogeology, Geochemistry, Geology, and Geophysics.

Applicants must possess an M.S. or Ph.D. in Earth Science and be prepared to teach introductory courses, have an emphasis in one or more of the substantive areas above, and have at least one year of teaching experience. Applications will be kept active for consideration for all appropriate vacancies within the department for one year. Applicants must submit a new letter each academic year to retain eligibility. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2016.   Click the link in the title for more information.


  • Julie Zurbuchen and Elizabeth Erickson
Since 1952, over 500,000 hopefuls have applied to the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program—a prestigious program designed to recognize and support outstanding graduate students. This year's competition brought immense pride to to the Department with Elizabeth Erickson earning one of only 9 fellowships awarded in Paleoclimate research, and  Julie Zurbuchen earning one of only 5 fellowships awarded in Sedimentary Geology. These fellowships will empower Elizabeth and Julie to focus on their research, with monthly stipends and and fee payments for the next three years. Congratulations!


Prof. John Cottle will serve as a Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer for...


  • Graduate Student Research Review

The annual Career Panel and Graduate Student Research Review will be held this Friday, April 29.  The Career Panel features four former alumni of the Department including Mark Korte-Nahabedian, Angel Roman, Sarah Richmond and Tom Collinson.  Mark Korte-Nahabedian is an independent contractor for BESST Inc.   Angel Roman is a geologist at AECOM.    Sarah Richmond is a now a Coastal Planner for the California Coastal Commission.  And, finally, Tom Collinson is a Vice President at Tetra Tech.

The Career Panel is from 9:30 AM to 12 noon in Webb Hall 1100 and the Grad Student Research Review is a poster session from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM on the Webb Hall rooftop.

  1. April 29, 2016 - 9:30am
  2. April 29, 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Annual Awards Ceremony

The Department of Earth Science will hold its Annual Awards Ceremony in which undergraduate and...

  1. June 2, 2016 - 2:00pm
  • Dr. Oliver Chadwick

Professor Oliver Chadwick, of the Department of Geography, will give a talk at Speakers Club entitled Weathering, Acid Neutralization, Thresholds in Nutrient Supply and Polynesian Land-Use Choices on Volcanic Islands in the Pacific.  The talk is at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in Webb Hall 1100.


  1. April 28, 2016 -
    2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Dr. Scott Johnston

Dr. Scott Johnston, an Earth Science alum and, now, assistant professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, will give this week's talk at Speakers Club entitled Nacimiento block forearc detrital zircon geochronology and geochemistry: rapid ophiolite exhumation and arc thickening in the southern California Late Cretaceous convergent margin.  The talk is at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Webb Hall 1100.

  1. April 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
  • Dr. James Kennett

Dr. James Kennett, emeriti professor at UCSB Earth Science, will give tonight's talk for the Coast Geological Society in Ventura.  His talk is entitled The Younger Dryas Cosmic Impact Cataclysm 12,800 years ago: Extinction of Ice Age Giants, Human Culture Disruption and Abrupt Climate Change.  Dinner is served at 7:00 PM and the talk is at 8:00 PM and the location is at the Poinsettia Pavillion at 3451 Foothill Road in Ventura.  You are asked to arrive at 6:30 PM.

  1. April 19, 2016 - 6:30pm

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