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  • 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.

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 


  • 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

  • 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!



  • 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
  • Mindy Monteagudo and Aaron Hill

Minda Monteagudo and Aaron Hill, both UCSB Earth Science graduate students, will each give a talk at this week's Speakers Club.  Minda's talk is entitled A study of modern planktonic foraminifera: refining our understanding of paleoceanographic tools and Aaron's talk is entitled Saturated hydraulic conductivity in Mission Creek, Maria Ygnasio Creek, and San Jose Creek, Santa Barbara, Southern California.  Speakers Club meets at 2:00 PM on Thursday in Webb Hall 1100.

  1. May 26, 2016 - 2:00pm
  • Laura Reynolds

Laura Reynolds, a graduate student in Earth Science, will give this week's Speakers Club talk entitled Coastal Hazards in the Sedimentary Record: the Search for Tsunamis and Megafloods of California’s Past.  Laura's talk begins at 2:00 PM in Webb Hall 1100.

  1. May 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
  • Dr. Kevin Boyce

Dr. Kevin Boyce of Stanford will give Thursday's Speakers Club talk entitled "The impact of flowering plant evolution on terrestrial ecology and environments." The talk is at 2:00 PM in Webb Hall 1100.

  1. May 12, 2016 - 2:00pm

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