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In the heart of a dynamic geologic environment

Geology is the study of Earth and other planetary bodies; their composition, structure, and evolution. The Portland State University Geology Department excels at both teaching and research, partnering with local businesses, government, regional universities and K-12 schools. We are situated in the Pacific Northwest, a dynamic geologic environment. We capitalize on our unique location and the diversity of our faculty and student body. 

Upcoming events

Geology Seminar Series: Formation and Differentiation of the…

This week, Dr. Cyrena Goodrich will present, "Formation and…
Add to my Calendar 2020-11-25 10:00:00 2020-11-25 11:00:00 Geology Seminar Series: Formation and Differentiation of the Earliest Planetesimals in the Solar System This week, Dr. Cyrena Goodrich will present, "Formation and Differentiation of the Earliest Planetesimals in the Solar System."  Goodrich, a scientist with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, studies meteorites, particularly meteorites known as “primitive achondrites.” Primitive achondrites come from asteroids and preserve evidence of the earliest geologic processes that occurred in our solar system, around 4.6 billion years ago. She uses electron microbeam instruments at Johnson Space Center to study the mineralogy and textures of these rocks and determine the chemical compositions of their minerals. She also works with colleagues who use different techniques to measure oxygen and chromium isotope compositions, ages, and bulk chemical compositions of these same rocks.  Dr. Goodrich then integrates all these data to understand the formation and geologic histories of the parent asteroids from which these meteorites are derived. She also works with laboratory reflectance spectra of meteorites to help establish connections between meteorites and asteroid taxonomic types. https://pdx.zoom.us/j/84662961212 503-725-3022 503-725-3022 America/Los_Angeles public

Toward Resilient Futures Speaker Series: Geodisaster Resilience

"Toward Resilient Futures" is a monthly virtual speaker series that…
Add to my Calendar 2021-02-11 12:00:00 2021-02-11 13:00:00 Toward Resilient Futures Speaker Series: Geodisaster Resilience "Toward Resilient Futures" is a monthly virtual speaker series that presents cutting-edge research and approaches on the resilience of urban and rural communities and systems to hazards and disasters. The speakers represent the core faculty of Portland State University's new transdisciplinary Emergency Management and Community Resilience graduate program. The talks will critically focus on local and global issues and share pragmatic solutions. This month's speaker: Scott Burns, professor emeritus of geology "Geodisaster Resilience - Quakers, Floods, Slides and More" REGISTER FOR WEBINAR Remote emcr@pdx.edu emcr@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

The Importance of "Offset" Magma Reservoirs at Arc…

Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, January 20 at 3:30 pm…
Add to my Calendar 2021-01-20 15:30:01 2021-01-20 16:30:00 The Importance of "Offset" Magma Reservoirs at Arc Volcanoes, Based on Geophysical Studies Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, January 20 at 3:30 pm.   “The Importance of "Offset" Magma Reservoirs at Arc Volcanoes, Based on Geophysical Studies” Allen Lerner, University of Oregon Allan Lerner was born and raised in Queens, New York. He obtained his BA in geology from Amherst College, MA, studying a pumice fall in the Aleutian Islands as his senior thesis. He spent time as a research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, followed by interning at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and at the University of Colima, Mexico. Allen obtained his Masters Degree at Oregon State University, where he investigated the petrologic utility of zircon-hosted melt inclusions from the ridiculously large Youngest Toba Tuff (Sumatra, Indonesia) eruption. He has also now obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. This is a virtual event held on Zoom: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/81541458302 Password: 468769 Contact: geodept@pdx.edu with any questions Contact: geodept@pdx.edu with any questions America/Los_Angeles public

Department of Geology Seminar Series

Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:30 pm…
Add to my Calendar 2021-02-03 15:30:00 2021-02-03 16:30:00 Department of Geology Seminar Series Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, February 3rd at 3:30 pm. “Combining Physical Volcanology and Geochemistry to Understand the Magma Storage Conditions and Eruption of Blue Lake Maar Crater, Oregon” Emily Johnson, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory 2020 to present - Research Geologist at Cascades Volcano Observatory 2017 to 2020 - Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University 2014 to 2017 - College Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University 2011 to 2013 - Adjunct teaching and research faculty at University of Oregon  2008 to 2011 - Research Fellow, CODES/ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits, University of Tasmania   This is a virtual event held on Zoom: https://pdx.zoom.us/j/81541458302 Password: 468769 geodept@pdx.edu with any questions geodept@pdx.edu with any questions America/Los_Angeles public
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