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Two papers in latest issue of Geosphere

We’ve had two papers published in the latest issue of Geosphere: First, the study by Fattaruso, Cooke, and our Becky Dorsey uses 3D boundary-element models to simulate crustal deformation for different interpretations of the geometry of the southern San Andreas fault and smaller secondary ...

Frontiers in Earth Science paper linking Crooked River volcanics to the Yellowstone Hotspot

A new paper by Angie Seligman and Ilya Bindeman and colleagues analyzes the geochemistry of Eocene and Oligocene (40 to 28 million year old) volcanic rocks of the Clarno and John Day Formations. They found that these rocks “were produced by the first appearance of the Yellowstone plume east ...

Ecography paper on southern overprediction of paleo species distribution models.

In this month’s issue of Ecography, Edward Davis published a study that found a consistent mis-match between Ecological Niche Models of mammal species distributions during the Last Glacial Maximum (~20,000 years ago). This work suggests that niche models that are used to predict range shifts ...

Nature paper on subduction-driven removal of continental lithosphere

Our own Gene Humphreys just published a paper in today’s issue of Nature (11/13/2014). The study is about how subduction can remove the mantle lithosphere along a continental margin, leaving it vulnerable to later tectonics and volcanism. The authors describe a type of interaction where ...

Publications for 2014

Antibus, J.V., Panter, K.S., Wilch, T.I., Dunbar, N., McIntosh, W., Tripati, A., Bindeman, I., and Blusztajn, J., 2014, Alteration of volcaniclastic deposits at Minna Bluff: Geochemical insights on mineralizing environment and climate during the Late Miocene in Antarctica: Geochemistry, Geophysics, ...

Winter 2015 Weekly Seminar Series

Talks on Wednesdays are from 4:00 to 5:20 pm in 110 Willamette Hall. Tea and cookies are served in Cascade 200 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 7 - Michael Manga (UC Berkeley) Title: TBD Jan. 14 - Jean Dixon (Montana State University) Title: TBD Jan. 21 - George Hilley (Stanford ...

Fall 2014 Weekly Seminar Series

Talks on Wednesdays are from 4:00 to 5:20 pm in 110 Willamette Hall. Tea and cookies are served in Cascade 200 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Oct 1 – Introduction Day Brief introductions from faculty Oct 8 - John Wolff (Washington State University) Title: Origin of compositional zoning in ...

Volcanology Cluster of Excellence Initiative

The Register Guard calls it an Exploding Discipline.  Volcanology is one of 10 “Cluster of Excellence” proposals selected by the UO as a top priority for fund raising and support. This new hiring initiative, lead by Paul Wallace, is not yet funded but hopefully will move forward in the ...

Dave Blackwell receives UO outstanding teaching award

Our own Dave Blackwell was honored at the end of Spring Term 2014 with the Thomas F. Herman Faculty Achievement Award for Distinguished Teaching. This award honors senior faculty members who have achieved outstanding records as teachers. The Herman Award is presented only to faculty members who ...

David Sutherland featured by NDTV for work on rate of Greenland Ice Sheet melting

UO Oceanographer David Sutherland has been recently featured by NDTV for his work on the rate of melting of Greenland’s Ice Sheet. Read the story here.
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