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Regional AAPG Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) Competition 2015

For the third year in a row, our team, "Black Diamond Ventures", of GG grad students at University of Utah, placed 2nd in the Rocky Mountain regional competition just behind the University of Montana and ahead of Utah State University. 

The team spent 8 weeks working up seismic and well data from the Taranaki Basin for oil and gas prospects.  The team was advised by Dr. Lauren Birgenheier of our Department and two kind and excellent volunteer industry alums, Matthew Heumann (ConocoPhillips) and John Byrd (Hess Corporation).

A hearty congratulations to the "Black Diamond Ventures" team members Wassim Benhallam, Aubry DeReuil, Ryan Gall, Jon Primm and Ellen Rosencrans.  If you see them, feel free to tell them yourselves!


New Tool for Tracking Wild Salmon Developed by U of U Geology Faculty

Dr.  Thure Cerling and Dr. Diego Fernandez author paper published in May 2015 issue of Science Advances journal unveiling new method of tracking wild salmon using strontium isotope analysis of the fish's inner ear drum.  For more information see here.

Scientists See Deeper into Yellowstone Magma

A new study by Drs.  Fan-Chi Lin, Hsin Hua Huang, Robert Smith and Jamie Farrell, determine that the reservoir of magma beneath the Yellowstone super volcano is 4.4 times larger and shallower than that previously known.  For more information see here.


U Geologist Studies Talking Arches


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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.

Last Updated: 2/10/17