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What's New in the Department

Dave Liggett Retires

December 23, 2016

Dave Liggett

We are very sad to lose a highly valued staff member, Dave Liggett, to retirement on 3 January but very happy for him as he embarks on his next journey in life. His 37 years of full-time service to the department is unprecedented and a major accomplishment. He has spent more time in our hallowed halls than any other and positively touched every student, staff and faculty member along the way. It will be hard to fill his shoes. Please encourage people with "big feet" to apply for this position (Geology Instructional Support Technician #5885) posted at:

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Open Faculty Position in Geodesy

November 29, 2016

Oviatt Library

The Department of Geological Sciences at California State University, Northridge invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor in Geodesy. Read more

CSUN alumni wins 2016 GSA Donath Medal

October 25, 2016

Whitney Behr

Congratulations to Whitney M. Behr, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, Austin on being awarded the 2016 Donath Medal by the Geological Society of America. The Donath medal, GSA’s Young Scientist Award is given annually to outstanding achievement in contributing to geologic knowledge through original research that marks a major advance in the earth sciences. Dr. Behr received her B.S. from the CSUN department of Geological Sciences and then went on to receive her PhD from USC.  Read more

Welcome Dr. Jen Cotton

August 26, 2016

Jennifer Cotton

Dr. Jen Cotton is a stable isotope geochemist with broad interests in climate and ecological change. Jen received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2013, focusing on using soils to reconstruct past climatic and environmental change. For her post doc she worked at both the University of Utah and Oregon State University using bison isotopes to understand the present and past grassland ecosystems and make predictions about future changes due to anthropogenic climate change. At CSUN she will continue work to reconstruct past terrestrial climatic and environmental change, first focusing on proxy development of small mammal isotopes for applications to Cenozoic climate change. Read more


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