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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences
    Thomas Rockwell Dr Gary Girty Receives a grant for Collaborative Research Structural Architecture and Evolutionary Plate Boundary Processes Along the San Jacinto Fault Zone 08 09 2011 Dr Shuo Ma Receives a grant for Exploring the Likelihood of Earthquake Ruptures on the San Andreas Fault Breaking through the San Gorgonio Pass Area by Using Dynamic Rupture Simulations and the Community Fault Model 07 19 2011 Dr Aaron Pietruszka Receives a grant for Collaborative Research Magnetic Evolution of Kilauea Volcano Past Present and Future 06 29 2011 Dr Shuo Ma Receives a grant for Exploring the Probability of Fault to Fault Jumps During Earthquake Ruptures by Using Three Dimensional Dynamic Simulations 06 27 2011 Dr Shuo Ma Receives a grant for Rupture Dynamics Validation of the Numerical Simulation Method 06 27 2011 Dr Kim Olsen Receives a grant for Correlation of Peak Dynamic and Static Coulomb Failure Stress with Seismicity Rate Change after the M7 2 El Mayor Cucapah Earthquake SCEC 11140 06 27 2011 Dr Kim Olsen Receives a grant for Rupture and Ground Motions Near an Extensional Stepover on the San Jacinto Fault with Validation from Precariously Balanced Rocks Collaborative Research with UC Riverside and San Diego State University 06 27 2011 Dr Shuo Ma Receives a grant for Extraction of Station to Station Green s Functions Using Seismic Coda in Southern California 06 27 2011 Dr Thomas Rockwell Receives a grant for Characterization of Earthquake Slip Distribution on the Northern Coyote Creek Strand of the San Jacinto Fault Using LiDAR and Field Mapping 05 31 2011 Dr Kim Olsen Receives a grant for Validation of Finite Fault Simulations Using Broadband Synthetics Based on Low Frequency Dynamic Rupture Propagation and High Frequency Scattering Green s 05 24 2011 Dr Thomas Rockwell Receives a grant for Characterization of Pulverized Granitoids in the Little Rock Core Along the San Andreas Fault 05 16 2011 Dr Thomas Rockwell Receives a grant for Collaborative Research Paleoseismology of the Borrego and Pescadores faults in Northern Baja California Characterizing the Past Rupture History of a Complex Transtentional Fault Zone 05 16 2011 Dr Thomas Rockwell Receives a grant for Development of a Holocene Earthquake Record for the Northern San Jacinto Fault Zone From a New Paleoseismic site at Mystic Lake Collaborative Research with CSU Long Beach SDSU and CSU San Bernardino 05 16 2011 Dr George Jiracek Receives a grant for Geothermal Assessment of the Middle Rio Grande Rift in New Mexico National Geothermal Student Competition 03 14 2011 Dr John Crockett Receives a grant for Regional Energy Innovation and Commercialization 03 07 2011 Dr Shuo Ma Receives a grant for The Role of Sediments in Rupture Dynamics of Tsunami Earthquakes and Tsunami Generation 02 22 2011 Dr Kim Olsen Receives a grant for Fully Nonlinear Modeling of Strong Ground Motion From M7 0 Earthquakes on the Salt Lake City Segment of the Wasatch Fault Utah Request for Supplemental Funding 02 08 2011 Dr Steven Day Receives a grant for Earthquake Rupture Simulations Thermo mechanical

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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences - About Us
    has been in the forefront The science curriculum is enhanced by research an important part of the mission of the SDSU Department of Geological Sciences Much of the funding supports undergraduate and graduate students all of whom are required to complete a thesis as part of their degree adding a emphasis on research and scientific inquiry at all levels of the curriculum Sign Up to Receive Department News by Email Areas of Interest Research Earth Systems History Earthquake Science Geochemistry and Tectonics Hydrogeology Structure Visualization and Tectonics Contact Us Mail Address Dept Geological Sciences MC 1020 5500 Campanile Dr San Diego State University San Diego CA 92182 1020 Department Office GMCS 237 email Phone Voice 619 594 5586 Fax 619 594 4372 Department Chair Dr David L Kimbrough Web Site Comments or Corrections geology mail sdsu edu History First Annual Delvers SDSC Geology Department Alumni Reunion Field Trip Spring 1954 Death Valley California In 1931 then San Diego State Teachers College moved to its present location and Baylor Brooks now Professor Emeritus of Geology organized a one person Department of Geology in the Division of Physical Sciences Baylor had received his B A degree from Stanford and did graduate work at Oxford and University of Arizona His enthusiasm for geology influenced many students Although only beginning courses and a minor in geology were offered the department became well known because of the caliber of students that Baylor sent to U C Berkeley Stanford U C L A and U S C to complete their undergraduate and graduate education The department was expanded to two in 1949 and an A B degree established in 1954 By 1959 two more faculty members had been added and the A B was replaced by a B S degree The department moved into the new

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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences - Undergraduate Students
    consulting engineering and environmental sciences as well as K 12 and postsecondary education There are a multitude of different jobs in the private sector as well as federal state and local governmental agencies Geological Sciences at SDSU is a strong and superbly equipped organization that provides students with the foundation for successful entry into geosciences careers across the board Computer and analytical facilities compare favorably with top universities across the nation Undergraduate major emphases in general geology hydrology paleontology and sedimentary geology geochemistry geophysics marine geology and geoscience education reflect the size and breadth of the Department SDSU students not only study the Earth they see a lot of it firsthand from the Sierra Nevada to Baja California from New Mexico to New Zealand A Masters degree is required in many cases to take full advantage of job opportunities and career advancement in the geosciences and SDSU has one of the most successful geoscience MS programs in the nation There are also many non traditional career paths that can benefit from a University level degree in the geosciences including science journalism popular fiction writing public policy and environmental or patent law as well as others Student interest and imagination in pursuing non traditional career paths is supported in the SDSU program by flexibility in course requirements that cater to specific career goals Stephen Schellenberg Undergraduate Advisor Undergraduate Highlight Erik Gordon General Geology I always have enjoyed being outside and never wanted to live my life in a cubical After thinking about several different majors in community college I realized the best way for me to be able to enjoy the outdoors with my work would be to study geology Best decision I ever made Advisor Gary Girty Thesis Geochemical Analysis of the Metavolcanic Winterhaven Formation in Picacho State Park CA

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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences - Graduate Students
    in Geoscience 3 Teaching Many of our students have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants We view TA s as apprenticeships in teaching They provide students with the opportunity to refine their own understanding of Geoscience and to organize and present coherent explanations Our department encourages contact of potential students with possible thesis advisors Feel free to either contact me or other faculty members regarding possible class work or research interests Kathryn W Thorbjarnarson Graduate Advisor Degree Programs M S Degrees in Geological Sciences Prospective Graduate Students Current Graduate Students Faculty Profiles Research Interests Download Brochure Graduate Highlight Dale Burns Volcanology From a very young age I began to develop a fascination with earth science In particular I was intrigued by natural disasters As I grew older my fascination continued to grow and after taking a geology class in high school I decided that I would pursue a career studying volcanoes After graduating high school I received a B A in geology from Humboldt State University and the following year I came to San Diego State University to work with Dr Aaron Pietruszka I have been very lucky throughout my student career and have been able to study various aspects of igneous petrology volcanology from experimental petrology and isotope geochemistry to mapping a variety of volcanic terrains While studying at SDSU I have had the fortunate opportunity to present my data at multiple scientific conferences including an oral presentation at the 2008 IAVCEI in Reykjavik Iceland I will be graduating this spring 2009 with an M S in Geological Sciences and will be starting my Ph D next year at Oregon State University Advisor Aaron Pietruszka Thesis The Recent Prehistoric Geochemical Evolution of Summit Lavas From Kilauea Volcano Hawaii In the most general sense I use isotope ratios along

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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences - Faculty and Staff
    applications of isotopic and elemental chemistry to biological ecological and environmental research Office GMCS 117 Phone 619 594 1039 Fax 619 594 4372 Email saschellenberg mail sdsu edu Website Thorbjarnarson Kathryn W 1991 Ph D 1990 UC Los Angeles Associate Professor Water resources evaluation and modeling of organic contaminant transport through porous media Office GMCS 228F Phone 619 594 1392 Email kthorbjarnarson mail sdsu edu Website Emeritus Professors Abbott Patrick L 1971 2006 Ph D 1973 University of Texas Austin Professor Emeritus Sedimentology of Mesozoic and Cenozic rocks the correlation of tectonically displaced terranes and natural disasters Dept Geological Sciences 5500 Campanile Dr San Diego State University San Diego CA 92182 1020 Email pabbott mail sdsu edu Website Berry Richard W 1961 2001 Ph D 1963 Washington University St Louis Professor Emeritus Clay mineralogy and geochemistry of sediments Email rberry geology sdsu edu Website Bertine Kathe K 1972 2006 Ph D 1970 Yale University Professor Emeritus Aqueous inorganic geochemistry and trace element geochemistry Email kbertine geology sdsu edu Website Dorman Clive E 1974 2010 Ph D 1974 Oregon State University Professor Physical oceaography air sea interaction and marine meteorology Office GMCS 110 Phone 619 594 5707 Email cdorman mail sdsu edu Website Huntley David 1978 2008 Ph D 1976 Colorado School of Mines Professor Emeritus Hydraulics of groundwater flow and solute transport groundwater in fractured crystalline rock aquifers numerical modeling of groundwater flow and solute transport parameter estimation movement of non aqueous phase liquids and application of geophysical techniques to groundwater investigations Office GMCS 235 Phone 619 594 5483 Email dhuntley mail sdsu edu Website Jiracek George R 1980 2009 Ph D 1972 UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus Geophysics especially electromagnetics including magnetotellurics aimed at exploration and deep continental processes Office GMCS 228J Phone 619 594 5160 Email jiracek moho sdsu edu Website Kern Philip J 1968 1999 Professor Emeritus Chronology and deformation of Quaternary marine shorelines Dept Geological Sciences 5500 Campanile Dr San Diego State University San Diego CA 92182 1020 Website Krummenacher Daniel 1968 1988 Professor Emeritus K Ar isotope geology Dept Geological Sciences 5500 Campanile Dr San Diego State University San Diego CA 92182 1020 Website Marshall C Monte 1975 2005 Ph D 1971 Stanford University Professor Emeritus Paleomagnetism gravity and structural geology Dept Geological Sciences 5500 Campanile Dr San Diego State University San Diego CA 92182 1020 Email mmarshall mail sdsu edu Website Miller Richard H 1977 2006 Ph D 1975 UCLA Professor Emeritus Biostratigraphy micropaleontology and depositional environments Dept Geological Sciences 5500 Campanile Dr San Diego State University San Diego CA 92182 1020 Email rmiller geology sdsu edu Website Peterson Gary L 1963 2011 Ph D 1963 University of Washington Professor Stratigraphy sedimentology paleoclimatology and planetary geology Office GMCS 228H Phone 619 594 5594 Email gpeterson geology sdsu edu Website Ptacek Anton D 1965 1992 Ph D University of Washington Professor Emeritus Optical mineralogy petrography Dept Geological Sciences 5500 Campanile Dr San Diego State University San Diego CA 92182 1020 Website Roberts Ellis E 1949 1979

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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences - Research
    Hazard Analysis PetaSHA 3 Kim Olsen Steven Day Collaborative Research Magnetic Evolution of Kilauea Volcano Past Present and Future Aaron Pietruszka Exploring the Likelihood of Earthquake Ruptures on the San Andreas Fault Breaking through the San Gorgonio Pass Area by Using Dynamic Rupture Simulations and the Community Fault Model Shuo Ma Collaborative Research Structural Architecture and Evolutionary Plate Boundary Processes Along the San Jacinto Fault Zone Thomas Rockwell Gary Girty Potential Impact and Mitigation Strategies for Overlap of L Band 4th generation Wireless and INMARSAT BGANs in the San Diego Backcountry Eric Frost Fault and Earthquake System Dynamics Steven Day Kim Olsen Regional Energy Innovation and Commercialization John Crockett Student Research Paleodepth reconstruction through the Pennsylvanian Finis Shale of Texas Insights from brachiopod oxygen isotopes Leah Carrigan The West Bullion Mesquite Lake Fault Step Over Assessment and Comparison With Faults of the Eastern California Shear Zone Twenty Nine Palms Marine Corps Base California Kaitlin Wessel Saprock A long term recorder of ground shaking Peninsular Ranges southern California Marck Maroun Integrating Wells and 3D Seismic Data to Delineate the Sandstone Reservoir Distribution of the Talang Akar Formation South Sumatra Basin Indonesia Robet Widodo Assessing mass change during the transformation of K feldspar poor tonalitic corestone to saprock Implications for the general model of the weathering of granitoids Zack Rayburn Research Highlight SCEC s M8 earthquake simulation breaks computational records promises faster and more detailed models of future earthquakes A multi disciplinary team of researchers presented the world s most advanced earthquake shaking simulation at the Supercomputing 2010 SC10 conference this week in New Orleans The research was selected as a finalist for the Gordon Bell Prize awarded at the annual conference for outstanding achievement in high performance computing applications The M8 simulation models how the ground will shake in a magnitude 8 0 earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault The simulation covers a larger area in greater detail than previously possible Perhaps most importantly the development of the M8 simulation advances the state of the art in terms of the speed and efficiency at which such calculations can be performed The Southern California Earthquake Center SCEC at the University of Southern California USC was the lead coordinator in the project San Diego Supercomputer Center SDSC researchers provided the high performance computing and scientific visualization expertise for the simulation Scientific details of the earthquake were developed by scientists at San Diego State University SDSU Ohio State University OSU researchers were also part of the collaborative effort to improve the efficiency of the software involved The scientific results of this massive simulation are very interesting and its level of detail has allowed us to observe things that we were not able to see in the past said Kim Olsen professor of geological sciences at SDSU and lead seismologist of the study Olsen noted that high rise buildings are more susceptible to the low frequency or a roller coaster like motion while smaller structures usually suffer more damage from the higher frequency shaking

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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences - Outreach
    and curricular development through a minds on hands on approach to teaching and learning Pacific Section of SEPM Comprehensive information center for the pacific section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology Peninsular Ranges Batholith Rock Suites Order suites of rock samples that represent the Geology of San Diego County Designed for Universities and K 12 schools Planetary Geology Speaker Service Presentations that lie within the field of Planetary Geology for any nonprofit gathering interested in science RP Oceans Lab Hands on Oceanography lab designed for students of all ages Live Web Cam SAGE Summer of Applied Geophysical Experience A field based program in applied geophysical methods for advance undergraduates graduates and professionals Science Explorer s Club A outreach activity for Native American children The program runs monthly on 11 reservations in the County for Kumeyaay Luiseno Cupeno and Cahuilla Indian youngsters Seminar Series A free weekly series of speakers in relation to the Earth Sciences Show Me Geology Geological Science education program for K 12 Visual Structural Geology Freeware programs developed for classroom lectures involving various aspects of structural geology Written in Stone Video series is to unite city dwellers with their urban landscapes Program Highlight Outreach to Schools and Teachers The faculty and students of the Department of Geological Sciences actively supports teachers and science teaching in elementary middle and high school Major elements of our outreach program includes Presentations at Schools Presentations may be arranged for a class period or a day with demonstrations and student participation Graduate Student Marck Maroun introducing rocks to Mrs McGrael s 6th grade class at Carlton Oaks School in Santee Rinaldo Dorman running the deep water wave tank in the RP Oceans Lab for a visiting school group Visits to SDSU Group visits to SDSU are welcome to labs with demonstrations and

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  • SDSU - Department of Geological Sciences - Alumni and Friends
    67 Hart Michael W 64 Merriken George H 32 Durning W Perry 67 Crampton Perry J S 61 Coates Robert C 59 Clardy Bruce I 67 Brineman Jack H 35 Berry Richard W Abbott Patrick L 63 Alumni in the News 03 14 2012 ANNUAL BANQUET APRIL13th 2012 sponsored by SDSU GEOLOGY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION aka FRIENDS OF THE DEPARTMENT This year s banquet will be held at Holiday Inn Mission Valley Stadium on Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego The Friday evening event begins with a social hour at 6pm and dinner at 7pm The meal will be followed by a program with presentations to and by this year s recipients of the Baylor Brooks Honored Alumni Award The deserving honoree is Mr Tony Carrasco of the Department of Geological Sciences more 02 27 2012 26TH ANNUAL SDSU GEOLOGY ALUMNI FIELD TRIP sponsored by SDSU GEOLOGY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION aka FRIENDS OF THE DEPARTMENT APRIL 28 29 2012 The 26th Annual SDSU Geology Alumni Field Trip Campout will be in the Barstow area this year A hike up Owl Canyon from the campground on Saturday morning to see the local stratigraphy about 9 30 ish and a drive walk through Rainbow Basin geology in the afternoon will be the day s focus Sunday will be an option to explore Calico Ghost Town about 15 miles away and or if you are into Archeology the Calico Early Man Site is about 25 miles away more 03 28 2011 2011 Alumni Field Trip Photos Donor Recognition Platinum Krummenacher Daniel Chevron Company Gold Exxon Mobil Corporation Heidrick Tom L Lando Robert E Robinson John W Wicander Reed Silver AAPG Foundation Allison Danielle Dean Attard John Campbell Robert Harold Dean Christine Earl Jean Ann Earl John L Elliott William J Geis Patricia Diane Griswold Robert

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