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Please Note: The Geology & Geophysics website is currently under construction. 


Position Opening:

The department is currently undergoing a faculty search for a new Assistant Professor (tenure-line) in Paleontology.  Please follow this link for more information.


Regional AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition

Congratulations to our students Brenton Chentnik, Ryan Purcell, Leah Toms, Joao Luna and Gavin Ferguson on winning second place in the Regional AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition. Over an intense 8 week period, these student generated hydrocarbon exploration play concepts and prospects for the North Slope of Alaska using only 2D seismic lines and sparse well control. Job well done!

Many thanks to our two alums Aksel Quintun-Bosz (Chevron) and Matthew Heumann (ConocoPhillips) for guiding the team as industry consultants.

Come and join the SAC Mentor Program

The department is excited for the new Geology and Geophysics Department Mentor Program. The program pairs undergraduate and graduate students together to promote communication and share knowledge about class, professors, research and applying to graduate school. The program is student run, organized by the Student Advisory Committee, and is designed to be helpful but not a large time commitment. For more information click here.

The Geological Society of America Announces Marjorie A. Chan as 2014 Distinguished International Lecturer


Marjorie A. Chan is GSA’s 2014 Distinguished International Lecturer and is a professor of geology at the U. Her research topics have spanned the geologic time scale from the Precambrian to the Pleistocene. Her recent projects connect geology and planetary science to better understand and interpret the red planet Mars. The GSA International Lecture Tour is made possible through a gift to the GSA Foundation. Co-sponsorship of Professor Chan’s lectureship is through the generous support of the University of Utah.

NEW- The Sutton Building is on YouTube! See the award-winning Frederick Albert Sutton Building, home of the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah. Join Professor Marjorie A. Chan on a virtual tour of this innovative “green” building that showcases the earth sciences. There are 36 short clips of our different building displays. These are linked to Quick Response Codes in the building so people can scan the codes with their smart phone to get their own guided tour. You can see it from your computer as well by clicking here. Hope you LIKE it!

Last Updated: 10/3/14