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.
Tamara Baumberger Sherman Bloomer Ed Brook Christo Buizert Michael Campana Peter Clark Patrick Corcoran Jessica Creveling Shanaka de Silva John Dilles Gary Egbert Chris Goldfinger David Graham Roy Haggerty Merrick Haller Robert Harris Joseph Haxel Randy Keller Adam Kent Eric Kirby Anthony Koppers Stephen Lancaster Mitchell Lyle Haruyoshi Matsumoto Jennifer McKay Andrew Meigs Alan Mix John Nabelek Tuba Ozkan-Haller Erin Pettit Peter Ruggiero Adam Schultz Alyssa Shiel Benjamin Stanley Joseph Stoner Frank Tepley Anne Trehu Maureen Walczak Rob Wheatcroft Greg Wilson David Wrathall Kaplan Yalcin Rebecca Yalcin
Jay Alder Alain Bonneville William Chadwick Jorie Clark Dan Cox Robert Dziak Robert Embley Joseph Glasmann Gordon Grant Stephen Hammond Feng He Steven Hostetler Mike Iademarco Anna Kelbert Terri King Julie Pett-Ridge Changkai Qiu Charles Rubin Bill Rugh Peng Su Qi Su Erwin Suess Xiangyu Sun Shimpei Uesawa Gang Wang Hui Wang Dawn Wright HuanHuan Yang Harry Yeh Solomon Yim Cong Zhou
John Byrne G. Brent Dalrymple Robert Duncan Anita Grunder Robert Holman Gary Klinkhammer Paul Komar LaVerne Kulm Robert Lawrence Shaul Levi Robert J. Lillie Roger Nielsen Alan Niem Nicklas Pisias Edward Taylor Robert Yeats
Andrea Balbas Maziet Cheseby Bobbi Conard Kathy Davenport Svetlana Erofeeva Christopher Fanshier Becky Fasth Cara Fritz Yann Gavillot Robert Hatfield Daniel Heaton Naoto Imamura Michael Kalk Kevin Konrad Dan Miggins J. Chris Moser Brendan Reilly Frank Sousa John Stanley Val Stanley Paul Walczak Jeff Wood Huiqian Zhang
Suhail Alhejji Abdullah Alohali Sophia Bauer Heather Bervid Michelle Campbell Juan Carlos Cuellar Quispe Peter Davidson Jon Edwards Jenna Epifanio Julia Favorito Benjamin Freiberg Anna Glueder Joel Gutierrez Cedric Hagen Michael Harrison Paige Hovenga Michael Hutchinson Meghan King Alisa Kotash Vaclav Kuna Ellen Lamont Meredith Leung Chuan Li Jordan Lubbers Pichawut Manopkawee Marina Marcelli Nicholas Mehmel Kali Melby Ann Morey Nansen Olson Benjamin Riddell-Young Nicole Rocco Akhil Salim Jon Sanfilippo Michael Sepp Israporn Sethanant Laurel Stratton Marie Takach Thi Truong Kellie Wall Danielle Woodring Edward Zhang
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.