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39th Fall Field Frolic - From C-to-Z and Back Again! (Photos)

November 28, 2022


The annual geology department Fall Field Frolic spent this year exploring the Mojave Preserve and surrounding geologic sights. After stops at Rainbow Basin and Lake Manyx to examine fluvio-lacustrine deposits, the group settled into Zzyzx Research Station as the weekend’s base of operations. From Zzyzx, we made trips to Teutonia Peak, Kelso Dunes, and Hole-in-the-Wall. Led by Dick Heermance with special expertise provided by Robinson Cecil and Nancy Van Wagoner! Thank you to all the students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends who were able to attend from all over the continent! Enjoy some photos from the trip here.

In Memoriam - Dr. Doug Yule

October 19, 2022

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Our colleague Dr. Doug Yule passed away on October 1, 2022.  He succumbed to the cancer that he had been battling over the past 10+ years.  He was surrounded by friends and family during his last few days. Doug arrived at CSUN in 1999 after completing his education at Pomona College, U. Wyoming, and Caltech. He taught countless classes at the upper and lower division levels, and was most passionate about the field and structural geology curriculum in our department.  His research focused on earthquake hazards along the Southern San Andreas fault, although he worked in Pakistan, Oregon, and throughout California. Doug gave his heart and soul to the department over his career, and was committed to student success through teaching and research.  

Doug’s family has established a memorial fund in his name to benefit CSUN Geological Sciences. To make a contribution, please visit the CSUN Doug Yule Memorial Field Camp Fund at: If you are interested in attending a memorial service for Doug, please contact us via email at or call the department office at (818) 677-3541. See More

Monica Diaz and Judy Campos receive CGS Student Scholarships

April 28, 2022

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Congratulations to both Monica Diaz and Judy Campos, both of whom received Student Scholarships from the Coast Geological Society at their 2nd annual Student Symposium and Scholarship Night on April 19th, 2022. The Coast Geological Society's mission is to advance the science of geology, foster the spirit of scientific research, disseminate information relating to geology, inspire and maintain a high standard of professional conduct, and to advance the professional well being of their members. We're very proud of Monica and Judy for this well-deserved recognition. Follow the link to view short videos their advisors made summarizing their accomplisments! See More

CSUN Geology & Env. Justice Class Contributes to Art Show in Watts, CA

April 19, 2022

Students and Faculty posing in front of an art installation

Dr. Elena Miranda and her Fall 2021 Geology and Environmental Justice class (GEOL 496ECS) contributed to an art show and gallery opening sponsored by the Better Watts Initiative (BWI), whom Dr. Miranda works with as part of her environmental justice work. The show is titled "Sick of It: Pollution in Watts" and is inspired by pollution in Watts and its impact on human health in the community; the themes are air, soil, and water. The piece Dr. Miranda's class worked on was a 3-D presentation of methane pollution beneath Ujima Village in Watts, CA. Read more

38th Fall Field Frolic: A Frolic of Ice and Fire! (Photos)

August 24, 2021

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The Fall Field Frolic this year was camped at June Lake, with stops at the Owens River Gorge to see the Bishop Tuff, Convict Lake to see the moraines and examine the complex glacial history of the eastern Sierra Nevada, Panum Crater to climb into a volcano, and Bennettveille/Saddlebag Lake to get a close-up view of Paleozoic continental margin rocks that the Sierra Nevada batholith intruded into! Led by Dick Heermance and John Wiesenfeld with special expertise provided by Emeritus Professor and creator of the Field Frolic tradition: Dr. George Dunne! Thank you to all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends who attended and made it such a fun trip. Enjoy some photos from the trip here.


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