GEOL 110T DINO WORLD

ENROLL in DINO WORLD! GEOL 110T  FOR G.E.

SPRING 2018  TuTh 8:30-9:45 AM  Add a Lab - GEOL 101L  Satisfy Science requirements!   

WOOLY MAMMOTH

PREHISTORIC WOOLLY MAMMOTH SKELETON COMING TO CAMPUS

Tuffy's ice-age ancestor, a rare Siberian woolly mammoth fossil, is coming to Cal State Fullerton this fall in a permanent display in the Titan Student Union.Orange County resident John Gregg and his Gregg Family Foundation donated the extinct giant mammoth skeleton to the University.Most of the world's woolly mammoth population vanished about 10,000 years ago, with Asian elephants the closest living relative of the extinct beast. The prehistoric woolly mammoth fossil is a perfect fit for CSUF because of the University's modern-day pachyderm mascot named Tuffy Titan, Gregg noted.Gregg, a geotechnical engineer and president of Gregg Drilling & Testing Inc. based in Signal Hill, has kept the fossil in crates and looks forward to seeing the mammoth on public display."I'm happy that the mammoth is going to get out of the dusty storage shed so people can enjoy viewing it," he said. 

O.C. street flooding

FLOODS ARE A SERIOUS THREAT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SAY C.S.U.F. GEOLOGISTS

Seeing the devastation that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma inflicted, it’s tempting to take solace that Southern California escapes anything but the rare remnant of a tropical storm.But that doesn’t mean we’re spared flooding, reminded two Cal State Fullerton geologists in the wake of Harvey and Irma.Our water events might not have names, but they can wreak havoc on our beaches, canyons and low-lying communities. Just ask anyone who lived here in 1938.“Floods are a serious threat to our region,” said Matthew E. Kirby, professor of geological sciences, after Hurricane Harvey left vast swaths of Texas underwater. “Land-falling hurricanes are highly unlikely in Southern California, but they are not out of the realm of possibility.”A bigger threat comes from large atmospheric rivers connected to Pacific Ocean-sourced winter cyclones, Kirby said. These rivers of water in the sky contain huge amounts of vapor and usually bring heavy precipitation to the West Coast.Several such events occurred earlier this year, ending the state’s five-year drought while dropping massive quantities of water that often had nowhere to go.In 1938, five days of rain bloated the Santa Ana River, sending it spilling over its banks, killing about 100 people in the region, sending cows paddling down streets and wiping out entire neighborhoods. The Prado Dam is one legacy of the disaster. 

Research poster from Natalie Bursztyn lab showing augmented reality sandbox.

AUGMENTED REALITY SANDBOX FROM BURSZTYN LAB WITH GEOLOGY STUDENT DANIELLE JACKSON

 Research poster from Natalie Bursztyn lab with Danielle Jackson showing augmented reality sandbox. Presented at N.S.M.I.C.C. symposium poster session in March, 2017.

 

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Events coming up!

SEMINAR: September 27, 2017
"Active faulting in the Inner California Borderlands: Implications for seismic hazard in Southern California"
Dr. Jayne Bormann, C.S.U. Long Beach

ALUMNI DINNER: 2017 Alumni Dinner - October 6, 2017, 6PM. Location in downtown Fullerton. Florentine's Grill at Harbor and Commonwealth. R.S.V.P. to Leslie Hargrove, lhargrove@fullerton.edu and email pictures to geology@fullerton.edu

SEMINAR: October 11, 2017
"Glacial climate from clumped isotope thermometry"
Dr. Aradhna Tripati, U.C.L.A.

SEMINAR: October 18, 2017
G.S.A.-prep talks/poster presentations
C.S.U.F. Geological Sciences

See calendar for more events.


Welcome FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR

2016 Field Camp class Welcome to the Department of Geological Sciences at C.S.U.F!! I invite you to explore these pages to learn about our department, including our student-centered courses and the incredible research our students and faculty are doing locally, regionally, and around the world. Check out the “Where in the World” poster that shows where you might find C.S.U.F. geologists.

What programs do we offer? Well, we offer two undergraduate degrees – B.S. in Geology and B.A. in Earth Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a minor in Geology. Nearly all of our courses include high-impact field and/or lab learning environments with ample opportunity for original student research. Both our B.S. and M.S. in Geology require an intensive thesis. Our B.A. in Earth Science is designed to offer maximum flexibility to enable students to choose a set of courses that align with their academic and career goals. As our well-established alumni could attest, C.S.U.F. geology graduates continue to be highly sought-after by both employers and grad schools.

That’s some of the Dirt! Diane Clemens-Knott, Chair

2016 field trip