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The Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming has been ranked
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the highest ranked science graduate program at UW in the 2022 U.S.News rankings.
Congratulations to Gracen Wallen and Kyle Rehmeier!!
Gracen has been selected to join the UW Cap and Gown Chapter of Mortar Board and has been
nominated to serve as President for the next academic year. Gracen is originally from
Saint Louis, Missouri and is pursuing majors in Geology, Environmental Systems Science,
and Environment and Natural Resources. She is also minoring in Honors and is pursuing
a certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Technology.
Kyle was selected as one of twenty students for the Outstanding Graduate award from the
College of Arts & Sciences for the 2022 academic graduation year. Kyle is from Belle
Fourche, South Dakota and is now working as an underground production geologist for
Nevada Gold Mines/ Barrick Gold at the Goldrush Mine.
Congratulations to G&G undergraduates Sarah Copertino and Lauren Sauley who were awarded
the Mineralogical Society of America’s Undergraduate Prize. This prize recognizes
outstanding students who have shown an interest and ability in the discipline of mineralogy.
The Outstanding Educator Award honors individuals for excellence in geophysics education
based on educational qualities and contributions, and is awarded to a person who fulfills
the following requirements:
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Continental Crust Formation
An Essential Quaternary Clock for Earth System Sciences: An Overview of the Theory
and Applications of U and Th Decay Series Isotopes for the Dating of Young Igenous
and Sedimentary Rocks - Sims
Mount Erebus - Sims
Zircon and Melt Extraction From a Long-Lived and Vertically Extensive Magma System
Underneath Ilopango Caldera (El Salvador) - Sims
Applications of fluid and melt inclusions to magmatic-hydrothermal ore deposits (2021)
Diapiric relamination of the Orocopia Schist (southwestern U.S.) during low-angle
subduction (2021) - Chapman
Ensemble-Based Seismic and Production Data Assimilation Using Selection Kalman Model (2021) - Grana
Deformation motion tracks sliding changes through summer, western Greenland(2021) Maier, Humphrey
Temperature and water depth effects on brGDGT distributions in sub-alpine lakes of
mid-latitude North America (2021) - Stefanescu, Shuman
Seismic Reservoir Modeling: Theory, Examples, and Algorithms- 2021 Grana
Synthetic fluid inclusions XXII: Properties of H2O-NaCl ± KCl fluid inclusions trapped under vapor- and salt-saturated conditions with
emphasis on the effect of KCl on phase equilibria (2020) - Runyon
An isotopically distinct Zealandia-Antarctica mantle domain in the Southern Ocean
(2019)- Scott, Sims
Coarse muscovite veins and alteration in porphyry systems (2019) - Runyon
The application of abundance sensitivity filters to the precise and accurate measurement
of uranium series nuclides by plasma mass spectrometry (2019) - Scott, Sims
Why are some Rocky Mountain lakes ephemeral? (2018) - Liefert, Shuman, Parsekian,
Numerical modeling of stream-aquifer interaction: quantifying the impact of transient streambed permeability and aquifer heterogeneity,
Hydrological Processes, (2018) - Zhang
Mesozoic to Cenozoic magmatic history of the Pamir (2018) - Chapman
Joint facies and reservoir properties inversion (2018) - Grana
Hydrologic partitioning of snowmelt on a snow-dominated subalpine hillslope (2018) - Thayer, Parsekian, Hyde, Speckman, Ewers, Beverly, Covalt, Kelleners, Ohara, Rogers,
Broken Sheets—On the Numbers and Areas of Tectonic Plates - McElroy
2.7 Ga high-pressure granulites of the Teton Range: record of Neoarchean continent
collision and exhumation -Swapp, Frost, C., & Frost B.
Synextensional dike emplacement across the footwall of a continental core complex,
Chemehuevi Mountains, southeastern California: John
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Congratulations to Professor John Kaszuba
John Kaszuba, the University of Wyoming’s John and Jane Wold Centennial Chair in Energy
and School of Energy Resources Professor of Geology and Geophysics, was named a 2023
recipient of the UW Foundation Stewardship Award.
Marissa Murr receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to study the formation of fluid
channels on Mars for her Masters degree. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is one
of the nation’s most highly competitive awards for graduate studies.
UW Department of Geology and Geophysics Professor Emerita Carol Frost will take up
a position on the BGS Board starting in March 2023. Frost earned her BA from Dartmouth
College and PhD from Cambridge University, and joined the faculty of geology and geophysics
at UW in 1983. Learn more about Frost's distinguished career here.