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The Department of Earth Sciences at UCR

UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences focuses on research and education about Earth’s dynamic nature and history. Students and faculty investigate geological processes operating at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales and our research interests span many disciplines within the Earth Sciences.

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  • Measuring Greenhouse Gases on the Go (October 10, 2018)
    "RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Two UC Riverside professors are taking to the road to pinpoint sources of air pollution across California. They’ll be traveling in the university’s new Mobile Isotope Laboratory, a Mercedes Benz transport van fitted with a suite of instruments that can measure the flux of greenhouse gases in the environment in real time. The scientists leading the project are Francesca Hopkins, an assistant professor of climate science and sustainability in the Department of Environmental Sciences, and Marilyn Fogel, the Wilbur H. Mayhew Endowed Professor of Geo-Ecology in the Department of Earth Sciences."
  • Global Warming, El Niño Could Cause Wetter Winters, Drier Conditions in Other Months (October 10, 2018)
    "RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — So here’s the good news: Despite fears to the contrary, California isn’t facing a year-round drought in our warming new world. However, UC Riverside Earth Sciences Professor Robert Allen’s research indicates that what precipitation the state does get will be pretty much limited to the winter months — think deluge-type rainfall rather than snow — and non-winter months will be even dryer than usual, with little or no rain at all."
  • Film & Discussion: Star Trek II (October 1, 2018)
    This is event is organized by UC Riverside ARTS + Astronomy Group + Theoretical Particle Physics Group. The film will be followed by a brief talk and Q&A session on The Physics of Star Trek with Prof. Stephen Kane (UCR) and Dr. Mario De Leo (UCR).
  • Omega Centauri Unlikely to Harbor Life (August 10, 2018)
    "Forthcoming in The Astrophysical Journal, the study was led by Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics in UCR’s Department of Earth Sciences and a pioneer in the search for habitable planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets. Sarah Deveny, a graduate student at San Francisco State who is working with Kane, co-authored the paper."
  • Scientists Honored by American Geophysical Union (August 10, 2018)
    "Marilyn Fogel, the Wilbur W. Mayhew Endowed Chair in Geo-Ecology, and Timothy Lyons, Distinguished Professor of Biogeochemistry, will be honored at a ceremony and banquet during the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., in December. Both professors are faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences in UCR’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. Only one in 1,000 members is elected to AGU fellowship each year."
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