Geology Department

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Geology Melissa Rice recently attended a NASA workshop in Monrovia, California with a number of her students to help select landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Rice, who is a member of the Curiosity rover science team that…

Senior Geology major Grace Sutherland (Seattle) is working on a project that looks at braided rivers -  a river system that consists of a network of small channels separated by small and often temporary islands called braid bars - and the effect that they have on the environment they…

Curiosity, the Mars rover that Western’s Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice helps to operate, sends her a 360-degree image of the Planet’s desolate landscape every morning.

As if seeing brand-new images from another planet isn’t amazing enough, the new…

WWU Geology alumni were well represented at the Northwest Geological Society Meeting in Seattle on October 11, 2016.  Attendees gathered for dinner, networking, and to hear Emeritus Professor Ned Brown speak on “The San Juan Islands and Northwest Cascades Thrust System”.  …

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice has been named by NASA as a Participating Scientist on the Mars Curiosity Rover science team.

Rice has been a member of both the Curiosity and Opportunity rover teams for years, but being named a Participating…

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