Research at the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences examines everything from the earth's core, mantle, and crust to the outposts of the solar system.
Division faculty are leaders in earthquake studies; have determined the first reliable values of the age of the earth, the moon, and meteorites; worked out the geological history of western North America; deciphered the record of the earth's climate from studies of tree rings and glaciers; perfected isotopic tracers and high-pressure laboratory techniques that indicate how magmas form on the earth and the moon; showed that surface waters penetrate deep into the crust and extensively interact with magma bodies; and, using theoretical studies and data from spacecraft missions, have been largely responsible for our present understanding of the origin of planetary surfaces and atmospheres, satellites, rings, comets, asteroids, and the interplanetary plasma.
The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences was established in 1926.
Mike Brown and Ken Farley have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Members are elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.
Ken Farley and John Eiler have been named Geochemistry Fellows by the Geochemical Society (GS) and The European Association of Geochemistry (EAG).
Dongzhou Zhang, PhD candidate in Geophysics, received the Student Poster Award at the Advanced Photon Source Users Meeting for his poster on, "Fast-Temperature-Readout Spectrometer for Atomic Dynamics Measurements"
Last updated May 20, 2013 09:32 by Lisa Christiansen