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Ph.D. candidate Christine Bassett chosen as one of AGU’s Voices for Science

Christine Bassett, a Ph.D. candidate in paleoclimatology, was selected as one of the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Voices for Science. She is one of 35 scientists selected from a competitive nationwide pool as part of the 2019 class. She will travel for training to Washington DC, then assist AGU in communicating science to the general

We remember Tom Joiner

We are sad to report the passing of Mr. Tom Joiner, distinguished alumnus, former Alabama State Geologist, businessman, and philanthropist. He was a long-time supporter of the University and Department of Geological Sciences, and has been inducted into our Founders and Donors Walls of Distinction. He was a founding member of the Geological Sciences Advisory

National Geographic, Rolling Stone and PRI profile Alabama geoscientists on Antarctic research cruise

Assistant Professor Becky Minzoni and Ph.D. student Victoria Fitzgerald are currently on a research vessel off Antarctica studying the Thwaites Glacier. This is an international effort, with team members from multiple institutions. One of the leaders is Alabama alumnus Dr. Julia Wellner (MS 1995). You can follow the team efforts via blog posts here. Because

We remember Dr. Gary Hooks

Legendary geologist, teacher, and mentor, Dr. Gary Hooks, passed away at the age of 91. He profoundly influenced generations of students and served the University of Alabama since being hired in 1954. He was Department Chair for many years, led countless field experiences, and taught classes until 2013. Thousands of students will remember him for

Prospective Graduate Students: Lindahl Scholarships Available

The University of Alabama, Department of Geological Sciences seeks highly qualified Ph.D. and M.S. students with specializations in topics that complement faculty research interests. Exceptional Ph.D. students will receive Research or Teaching Assistantships and a Lindahl Scholarship totaling $22,000 or more for a nine-month appointment. The University of Alabama covers the cost of non-resident tuition

Geosyntec awards two graduate students

Alabama alumnus Will Burke (BS in Geology 2008, MS in Geology 2012) presented MS student Jonathan Riddle and Ph.D. student Rebecca Greenberg $2000 each as winners of the Geosyntec Outstanding Research Paper Awards during the Fall GSAB meeting.  Geosyntec sponsors these awards to promote cutting edge research related to the assessment and treatment of chemical contaminants

First student chapter of AIPG established at Alabama

Geology majors established a University of Alabama chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). This is the first chapter in the state of Alabama, and will be a valuable way students can bridge their experiences as geology majors to careers in professional geology. AIPG is the largest organization promoting geology as a profession nationwide,

Dr. Kim Genareau’s research featured on cover of journal Atmosphere.

Volcanologist Dr. Kim Genareau conducts fascinating interdisciplinary research into the complex interplay of explosive eruptions of ash, volcanic lightning, and atmospheric processes of ice nucleation, resulting in a recent publication in the journal Atmosphere. Her image of an eruption in Santiaguito, Guatemala was chosen for the cover.  

Professor Rona Donahoe is Faculty Senate President

Dr. Rona Donahoe is the new President of the University of Alabama Faculty Senate. More details can be found in this profile. Dr. Donahoe will continue to be an active member of our faculty throughout her time as President. The Department looks forward to seeing her accomplishments in her important new role and congratulates her

Daniel Montiel’s work featured

Coastal work on the role of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in the nutrient budget of Mobile Bay (AL) by Daniel Montiel (Ph.D candidate at DSG) brought attention again in a popular science magazine: https://phys.org/news/2018-07-mobile-bay-excess-nutrients.html