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Email: geodept@pdx.edu
Phone: 503.725.3022
 

Mailing Address
Department of Geology
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
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Department of Geology
Portland State University
17 Cramer Hall
1721 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Upcoming events

Geology SOE Seminar Series 5/12/21

Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, May 12th at 4:00 pm. “Assessing Water Stress in Large Cities: How Water Utilities Adapt Using…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-12 23:00:00 2021-05-07 08:55:13 Geology SOE Seminar Series 5/12/21 Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, May 12th at 4:00 pm. “Assessing Water Stress in Large Cities: How Water Utilities Adapt Using Infrastructure and Institutions"  Dr. Julie Padowski, Washington State University    This is a virtual event held on Zoom: Meeting ID: 929 4486 8945 Password: SeminarWRS geodept@pdx.edu with any questions geodept@pdx.edu with any questions America/Los_Angeles public

Geology SOE Seminar Series 5/19/21

Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, May 19th at 12:00 pm. “Classification and Similarity for Global Hydrology" Dr. Ross Woods,…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-19 12:00:00 2021-05-19 13:00:00 Geology SOE Seminar Series 5/19/21 Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, May 19th at 12:00 pm. “Classification and Similarity for Global Hydrology" Dr. Ross Woods, University of Bristol   Research interests Hydrology, water resources, hazards, hydroclimatology    This is a virtual event held on Zoom: Meeting ID 921 0828 6609 Password: SeminarWRS geodept@pdx.edu with any questions geodept@pdx.edu with any questions America/Los_Angeles public

Geology SOE Seminar Series 5/26/21

Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, May 26th at 4:00 pm. “  Ecohydrology: Another Reason to Love Georgia" Dr. Luke Pangle, Georgia…
Add to my Calendar 2021-05-26 23:00:00 2021-05-07 08:55:13 Geology SOE Seminar Series 5/26/21 Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, May 26th at 4:00 pm. “  Ecohydrology: Another Reason to Love Georgia" Dr. Luke Pangle, Georgia State University   Dr. Pangle's research includes field-based observational studies, laboratory- and field-based manipulative experimentation, and application of various flow- and transport-modeling techniques. Luke also utilizes stable-isotopes of water as hydrological tracers and operates a laser spectrometer in his laboratory for analysis of stable-isotope ratios in water samples. More recently, his research is focused on water fluxes in urban environments.    This is a virtual event held on Zoom: Meeting ID: 929 4486 8945 Password: SeminarWRS geodept@pdx.edu with any questions geodept@pdx.edu with any questions America/Los_Angeles public

Geology SOE Seminar Series 6/2/21

Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, June 2nd at 4:00 pm. “The Tight Coupling Between Forests and Water – And Why This Matters" Dr.…
Add to my Calendar 2021-06-02 23:00:00 2021-05-07 08:55:13 Geology SOE Seminar Series 6/2/21 Please join the Department of Geology Wednesday, June 2nd at 4:00 pm. “The Tight Coupling Between Forests and Water – And Why This Matters" Dr. Naomi Tague, University of California, Santa Barbara Christina Tague's research is focused on the interactions between hydrology and ecosystem processes and, specifically, how eco-hydrologic systems are altered by changes in land use and climate. Much of her work involves developing and using spatial simulation models to integrate data from multiple field-based monitoring studies in order to generalize results to larger watersheds. Reflecting that emphasis, she is one of the principal developers of the Regional Hydro-Ecologic Simulation System (RHESSys), an integrated model of spatially distributed carbon, water, and nitrogen cycling. RHESSys is designed to provide science-based information about spatial patterns of ecosystem health and vulnerability in terms of water quantity and quality. Professor Tague is currently modeling the impacts of climate change on stream-flow patterns in the western United States and examining how urbanization alters drainage patterns and associated biogeochemical cycling in watersheds in Baltimore, Maryland, and Southern California.    This is a virtual event held on Zoom: Meeting ID: 929 4486 8945 Password: SeminarWRS geodept@pdx.edu with any questions geodept@pdx.edu with any questions America/Los_Angeles public

Dig into Geology

In the Department of Geology we offer programs leading to bachelor's degrees in Geology and Earth Science, as well as graduate master’s and Ph.D. degrees with focused research; graduate certificates in hydrogeology, engineering and environmental geology for professional development; and minors in Computer Applications, Environmental Geology, and Space and Planetary Science.

Geological Paradise

The Pacific Northwest truly is a geological paradise and a great place to learn and do Earth Science. There are over 25 extinct volcanoes and volcanic vents within the city limits and we can see three active volcanoes, including Mount Saint Helens, from the city. The Columbia River Gorge provides a fantastically beautiful location to study the Columbia River flood Basalts and to see the impacts of the great glacial outburst floods from glacial Lake Missoula. There are also renowned geologic features along Oregon’s scenic coast.

Dynamic Research

Our faculty are leading researchers in diverse topics including basin analysis, geochemistry, geomechanics, geomorphology, geothermal, glaciology, hydrogeology, mantle dynamics, meteorites, paleoseismology, STEM education, structural and igneous petrology, tectonics, and volcanology.

Engaged Partnerships

Our department regularly works with community partners including the City of Portland, the state Departments of Water Resources and Environmental Quality, local consulting firms, and K-12 institutions across Oregon.