Geology Department

Western Washington University's Jackie Caplan-Auerbach will discuss her summer work at sea performing offshore monitoring of Hawai'i's Kilauea volcano in a pair of on-campus presentations on Oct. 4 and Oct. 9.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

The…

To better understand what’s going on within Kīlauea’s south flank and help determine how it has been affected by the eruption, a group of scientists from Western Washington University, Rice University, and the University of Rhode Island deployed 12 ocean bottom…

Often, research cruises are planned years in advance. In this case, rapid deployment was necessary because phytoplankton blooms, like the one captured in the satellite images, are short-lived.

Karl and team quickly coordinated with Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a Western Washington…

On the edge of Cidade de Deus, or City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most infamous neighborhoods, Western assistant professor of Geology and Physics/Astronomy Melissa Rice spent a week this summer teaching young students about space exploration and the importance of science and education…

Katelyn Brower of Lake Stevens graduated magna cum laude in June with a Bachelor of Science degree and as the Outstanding Graduate in Geology. She is also a first-generation university graduate. 
 

Requesting funding from research grants via the National Science Foundation (NSF) is usually a painstaking, yearlong process.

But when an extreme event occurs – such as the opening up of huge new vents in the southeastern flank of the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, and the…

 
Although no one directly witnessed the eruption — as that would mean waiting in a deep-sea submersible at a reasonable distance away — scientists still knew about it. Lo‘ihi sits on the side of the Big Island, so the strong earthquakes that typically accompany eruptions were picked…

According to Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, associate professor of geology at Western Washington University, there are about a dozen volcanoes between northern California and southern B.C.

The "Cascade Volcanic Arc," as they're collectively called, has been created by the Juan de Fuca plate…

 

Lasers, 3D printers and million-year-old fossils are bringing together high tech and ancient creatures in a digitization project by Assistant Professor of Geology Robyn Dahl.

Dahl uses laser scans to make 3D computer models of the specimens from the department’s fossil…

Dave Tucker, research associate in geology at Western Washington University, said we can’t see the process that brought the rocks to the area, but we can certainly see the aftermath.

“I think that’s what people like about them,” Tucker said. “The big ones are so big, and…

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