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In Memoriam - George Davis

July 30, 2018


We are deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague George Davis. He passed away last week in the company of family in Virginia. George taught several classes in the Department of Geological Sciences at CSUN and at College of the Canyons, and in his years of teaching he touched many students and colleagues in both departments with his passion and knowledge. George will be greatly missed.  Click here to read letters from colleagues remembering George.

Congratulations Class of 2018!

June 8, 2018


Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018! The graduates celebrated with friends and family before walking the stage on May 19th, 2018. We wish all the graduates the best in their future endeavors! Click here for photos!

CSUN Presents at PS-AAPG Meeting in Bakersfield

April 26, 2018


CSUN Students Chris Martinez and Ian Ruttenberg presented posters on their MS thesis research at the Pacific Section American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) meeting in Bakersfield in April 2018. An oral presentation given by Dr. Marsaglia at the meeting was coauthored by former students, Brenda Rodriguez and Natsumi Shintaku, and Dr. Dayanthie Weeraratne (CSUN). click here for photo and more info...

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).


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