Geology Department

In January 2020, my research team, composed of undergraduate and graduate physics and geology students from Western Washington University, experienced the opportunity of a lifetime. We traveled to Pasadena, California to meet other scientists…

Western Washington University graduate students James Robinson and Caroline Walls were both recently awarded research fellowships through the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) based at the University of Washington.

The NW CASC allows fellows to conduct research…

Western Washington University has been awarded a new five-year, $190,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to help train the next generation of science and math teachers as well as promote summer research opportunities for students who aspire to careers in the…

"In the images from orbit, it looks like someone drew a thick straight line with a dark felt marker on the southeastern side of the butte," wrote Melissa Rice, planetary geologist at Western Washington University in a mission blog post. "From the ground, it looks like a shallow ditch filled with…

Western Washington University Professor of Geology Jackie Caplan-Auerbach will give a talk entitled “Sounds of an Era’s End: The 2018 Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i, From Ocean Bottom Seismometers,” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.12 in the Map Collection at Western Libraries.…

In Puerto Rico, however, “what we’re looking at here are earthquakes of more or less common size: There’s still lots of small ones but quite a few fives and then up to the 6.4,” said Jackie Caplan-…

Western Washington University students, staff, environmental journalists and activists describe the Bellingham, Wash., school's role in the climate change movement in 2019.

As the temperature of the region increases because of climate change, the snowpack is reduced to higher and higher elevations causing changes in the creeks and rivers that flow from the mountains, according to Robert Mitchell, who is a professor at Western Washington…

As officials in New Zealand continue to search for missing people after a volcano erupted and killed at least five people, some are wondering if Mount Baker could be next.

Bernie Housen with the geology department at Western Washington University says Mount Baker will erupt at some point…

This summer, the 235-foot research vessel Marcus G. Langseth set out into the ocean off the Pacific Northwest. Trailing the ship were four electronic serpents, each five miles in length. These cables were adorned with scientific instruments able to peer into the beating heart of a monster…

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