The Geology and Geophysics group (G&G) in CEOAS emphasizes five themes, described below. G&G scientists work actively with researchers in other disciplines in the college, as well as with many national and international colleagues. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the G&G area are offered in either Geology or OEAS. Details about our undergraduate degrees offered through the Earth Sciences major are below.
Sherman Bloomer Ed Brook Christo Buizert Michael Campana Anders Carlson Peter Clark Patrick Corcoran Jessica Creveling Shanaka de Silva John Dilles Gary Egbert Chris Goldfinger David Graham Anita Grunder Roy Haggerty Merrick Haller Robert Harris Joseph Haxel Todd Jarvis Randy Keller Adam Kent Eric Kirby Anthony Koppers Stephen Lancaster Mitchell Lyle Haruyoshi Matsumoto Jennifer McKay Andrew Meigs Alan Mix John Nabelek Roger Nielsen Tuba Ozkan-Haller Peter Ruggiero Adam Schultz Alyssa Shiel Joseph Stoner Frank Tepley Anne Trehu Rob Wheatcroft Greg Wilson Kaplan Yalcin Rebecca Yalcin
Jay Alder William Chadwick Jorie Clark Dan Cox Robert Dziak Robert Embley Joseph Glasmann Gordon Grant Rongwen Guo Zeqiu Guo Stephen Hammond Feng He Steven Hostetler Mike Iademarco Anna Kelbert Terri King Yuantao Liao Julie Pett-Ridge Bill Rugh Ahmed Rushdi Erwin Suess Paul Vincent Yizhou Wang Dawn Wright Chuang Xuan Harry Yeh Solomon Yim
Brandi Black Aron Buffen Maziet Cheseby Bobbi Conard Svetlana Erofeeva Cara Fritz Brady Fry Robert Hatfield Naoto Imamura Michael Kalk Sarah Lewis Dan Miggins Ann Morey [Ross] J. Chris Moser Jesse Muratli Ben Phrampus Alexander Rohrmann John Stanley Brian Stillie Maureen Walczak Paul Walczak Mysti Weber Jeff Wood
Anson Antriasian Heather Bervid L Roy Bonner Jade Bowers Esteban Bowles-Martinez Richard Bradshaw Michelle Campbell Nick Cohn Christopher Creason Peter Davidson Melissa Drignon Jon Edwards Frederick Freudenberger Steve Galer Gerrit Gardner Paria Ghorbani Anna Glueder Carolyn Gombert Cedric Hagen Michael Harrison Daniel Heaton Laura Hempel Kaleb Horlick Michael Hutchinson Kevin Konrad Alisa Kotash Vaclav Kuna Ellen Lamont James Lee Pichawut Manopkawee MacKenzie Mark-Moser James Menking Nicole Moore Ann Morey [Ross] Adonara Mucek Benjamin Murphy E. Neely Nansen Olson Jaime Osorio Cantillana Bradley Pitcher Brendan Reilly Elizabeth Rutila Jon Sanfilippo Birat Sapkota Susan Schnur Michael Sepp Katherine Serafin Gaylen Sinclair Katharine Solada Laurel Stratton Wesley von Dassow Kellie Wall Jack Zunka
Research centers on the interplay of magmatic, volcanic and ore-forming processes in all tectonic environments found on Earth, such as rift zones and spreading centers, continental and oceanic subduction zones, and mantle hotspots. It covers a range of topics including mantle melting, continental magmatism and volcanism, volcanic gases, ore deposits, and planetary volcanism. This research involves a substantial geochemical component supported by several laboratory facilities, plus quantitative modeling of petrologic, volcanic and geodynamic processes.
Research emphasizes the ice ages as a natural laboratory for understanding past, present and future climate and sea-level change. Ongoing projects examine the factors causing changes in global ocean circulation and the global carbon cycle, document the role that oceans play in long-term climate changes, investigate the role that the northeast Pacific played in global climate change, document past changes and their causes in ice-sheets and glaciers, and analyze patterns of large-scale climate and sea-level change. Faculty and students collect and analyze deep sea sediment cores, lake sediments, ice cores, and glacial and other sedimentary deposits from around the world, and run and analyze state-of-the-art climate models.
Research focuses on the study of lithospheric deformation in both the terrestrial and marine realms across a range of temporal and spatial scales. Interdisciplinary research efforts include the recurrence interval and behavior of subduction zone earthquakes, spatial and temporal variations in fault slip over millennial time scales, growth and evolution of topography in active orogens, and the interaction among extensional tectonics, transcurrent deformation, and magmatic systems.
Research entails use of natural and manmade sources of acoustic, seismic, and electromagnetic waves – as well as measurements of gravity, magnetization, heat, fluid flow, and ground surface deformation – to probe the structure of the solid Earth at scales ranging from meters to 1000s of km. Images of surface and subsurface reflectivity, electrical resistivity, and seismic wave velocity and attenuation structure provide information for modeling and understanding a wide variety of problems in Earth history and dynamics, including earthquake processes, magmatic plumbing, tectonics, mountain building, sediment transport, and natural resources and hazards.
This group studies the nearshore, the narrow edge of the ocean where ocean hazards intersect with human population and coastal ecosystems. The problem is strongly interdisciplinary, including the fluid dynamics of nearshore waves and currents as they propagate onto sedimentary coastlines, the erosive response of the coasts to those forces, and the familiar coastal morphologies that result from these interactions.
Research encompasses fluvial and coastal geomorphology, hydrology, and biogeochemistry. Along with the broader community of hydrologists , biogeochemists, and geomorphologists at OSU, this group works to understand the movement and residence times of sediment, water, carbon, nutrients, and contaminants in terrestrial and near-shore environments.
The Earth Sciences Undergraduate Program in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is among the nation's premier earth science undergraduate programs, serving students with a broad range of interests and career aspirations. The program engages both science and society in critical issues facing the region, the nation, and the world. The Earth Sciences undergraduate degree offers four options: Geology, Geography, Ocean Science, and Climate Science. More information is available at Undergraduate Programs.
The College offers other graduate and undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates (see Catalog College Overview). Some courses, undergraduate minors, and certificates are offered online to distance learners in partnership with Oregon State University Extended Campus. For a full listing of distance education courses see OSU Extended Campus. Faculty members at the College support paid summer research internships through the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.