Prof. Kim Blisniuk applies field investigations, high resolution digital topography
data and various Quaternary geochronologic techniques to study how earth’s surface
evolves during Quaternary timescales from earthquakes and changes in climate.
Nate is our resident subsurface hydrologist, his lab studies movement of water, nutrients,
and contaminants through aquifers, plants, and soil. He also teaches hydrogeology,
sustainability, and low temperature geochemistry.
I am a geomorphologist with a wide range of interests. My students and I study topics
such as the causes of rockfall, the effects of dam removal on river systems, mercury
contamination, glacial erosion, and the geologic evolution of the Sierra Nevada.
I am a metamorphic petrologist and science educator with a wide variety of interests.
My current research focuses on high-grade metamorphism in the Adirondack Mountains
of New York, Miocene volcanics in the Central California Coast Ranges that formed
in a subduction-transform transitional setting, and education for sustainability.
I am a field-oriented structural geologist and tectonicist. My research focuses on
the tectonic evolution of the North Cascades of Washington and British Columbia, and
the construction, emplacement, and structure of granitic plutons in the Cascades and
Sierra Nevada. Major current projects are on relationships between magmatic flare-ups,
crustal structure, and arc rheology, and on displacement histories of Mesozoic and
early Cenozoic strike-slip fault zones in the Pacific NW
I am a deep-time marine biologist (paleontologist) working with an active group of
undergraduate and graduate students to study ancient mass extinction and extreme climate
events using marine fossils (snails, plankton, sea urchins, etc.), the surrounding
sediments, and chemical signals preserved in fossilized shell.
I am a volcanologist that uses sedimentology/stratigraphy, igneous petrology, geochemistry,
geochronology and field mapping to study oceanic crust formation, submarine eruption
dynamics and volcaniclastic transport/deposition processes on the seafloor. To do
this my research team and I integrate field studies of modern and ancient deposits
exposed on the seafloor and on land with laboratory based analytical approaches.