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Welcome Dr. Priya Ganguli

December 11, 2017


Dr. Priya Ganguli studies the transport and fate of contaminants in aquatic environments, with a focus on mercury (Hg), nutrient, and carbon cycling. After completing her MS in Earth Sciences from UC Santa Cruz, she worked on a variety of environmental remediation projects at the San Francisco Bay Water Board. She returned to UC Santa Cruz for her PhD in Earth Sciences (2008-2013), where she studied the influence of groundwater – seawater interaction on mercury toxicity and transport at the coastal margin. As a postdoctoral fellow at Woods Hole Oceanographic Intuition and UC Irvine, she explored mercury dynamics in coastal wetlands, as well as the drivers of mercury uptake at the base of the food web. At CSUN, Dr. Ganguli is part of the new Water Science Program. Her research program will continue to address questions regarding contaminant cycling at the land-sea margin (e.g., influence of land use and sea level rise). Additionally, she will explore the long-term effects of environmental remediation projects in both nearshore and terrestrial ecosystems (e.g., Malibu Lagoon, New Idria Mine).

Welcome Dr. Eileen Evans

December 11, 2017


Dr. Eileen Evans is a geophysicist specializing in geodesy, active tectonics and earthquakes. She recieved her PhD from Harvard University in 2014 and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the U.S. Geological Survey. Eileen uses geodetic observations of the earth’s crust, including GPS and other satellite observations, to image the gradual accumulation of tectonic strain along faults, and the release of that strain as earthquakes. Her research focuses on mathematical and computational methods to model these observations and understand how tectonic behavior in between major earthquakes can inform our expectations of future events. At CSUN, she plans to investigate strain partitioning in complex fault systems and expand her research to include offshore and aerial observations.

CSUN's Great California ShakeOut Drill in the Daily News!

October 19, 2017


Click here to read about CSUN's ShakeOut in the Los Angeles Daily News.

Click here to see more photos from the Daily News.

Click here to see a video of the drill taken by Wes Woods from the Los Angeles Daily News.

On October 19, at 10:19 AM, the Geology Club led CSUN's Annual Great California ShakeOut Drill on the northeast Oviatt Lawn. The club and many volunteers were out in force all morning using informational boards and tables to provide safety information, engage students in educational games/activities, and raise community awareness about earthquake preparedness. Thank you to the Geology Club, the volunteers, and the faculty for doing such a wonderful job leading one of our most successful ShakeOut drills yet!

  Click here for more photos taken by the department!

Ninth Annual Pacific Section AAPG West Coast Expo

October 6, 2017


The ninth annual Pacific Section AAPG West Coast Expo, sponsored by California Resources Corporation, Aera Energy and Chevron, attracted 55 registrants from 26 schools. Eighteen CSUN students participated, some as volunteers and poster presenters. Three students won poster awards: Lonnie Hufford, James McNeil and Michael Flowers.  Thanks to all for making the 2017 event a success.  Click here to see the poster winners!

New "Catching Fire Scholarship” Honors Emerita Professor Dr. Vicki Pedone

September 25, 2017

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Dr. Vicki Pedone retired in May 2017 after 28 years of service to the University and was granted Emerita status in August 2017. An esteemed teacher and scholar, she taught classes in Earth History, Field Geology, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Global Systems, Sedimentary Petrology, Geochemistry, and Paleoclimate. Her research focused on the geochemistry and petrology of lacustrine carbonate rocks in Australia and the Great Basin of western North America. She served four years as Associate Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, followed by seven years as Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences. Vicki led an impressive transformation of the department during her tenure as Chair, which included revising the department's undergraduate curriculum, constructing and equipping state-of-the-art laboratories, acquiring private support for graduate students and instrumentation, and hiring new staff and faculty.

Vicki greatly admired and respected students who blossomed or 'caught fire' in both their love of geology and class performance as they progressed through the major. She cherished her role in assisting these undergraduates to reach their full potentials. Her vital efforts in this area have made the Northridge Department of Geological Sciences a special place. With this in mind, Vicki suggested initiating the "Catching Fire Scholarship" to be awarded each year to a student with these characteristics. We are now accepting charitable contributions to make her wish a reality. Please consider giving generously to the Catching Fire Scholarship at your earliest convenience. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

  Click here for information on how to donate.


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