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Department of Geoscience News

Geoscience is an all-encompassing term used to refer to the earth sciences. The Department of Geosciences offers programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels where students can learn about topics such as earth processes; the origin and evolution of our planet; the chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks, and fluids; the structure of our mobile crust; the history of life; and the human adaptation to earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and floods.

Current Geoscience News

Madison Montellano
People |

Madison Montellano knows what it means to take the road less traveled, embracing each twist and turn through her academic adventure.

students in spring
Campus News |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

a crane pours glowing hot steel into a large vat
Research |

Funding is part of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program to develop zero emissions ironmaking and ultra-low life cycle emissions steelmaking.

A view of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park from the Rim Trail
Campus News |

UNLV geology class challenges students to answer the question: How green is green? 

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

woman standing atop two closed dumpsters
Campus News |

Revitalization efforts for Drive Up Drop Off program will include repainting dumpsters and new signage to spread the word about the program's services.

Geoscience In The News

Las Vegas Sun

Three UNLV professors are working on an iron-production method that doesn’t generate carbon emissions, part of an effort to clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries.

Las Vegas Sun

Three UNLV professors are working on an iron-production method that doesn’t generate carbon emissions, part of an effort to clean up one of the world’s dirtiest industries.

Hersfelder Zeitung

Two unknown people destroyed an ancient rock formation in Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada, USA, in just a few seconds. A video showing the two men in the act has been circulating on X (formerly Twitter) since the beginning of April. The national park authorities have therefore initiated an investigation and are asking the public to help find the perpetrators.

Anchorage Daily News

A video posted to social media this month captured two men destroying ancient rock formations at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. National park rangers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the visitors, who could face federal charges for vandalizing protected land.

Washington Post

Earlier this month, a video posted to social media captured two men destroying ancient rock formations at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. National park rangers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the visitors, who could face federal charges for vandalizing protected land.

Yale Environment 360

A push for nuclear power is fueling demand for uranium, spurring the opening of new mines. The industry says new technologies will eliminate pollution from uranium mining, but its toxic legacy, particularly in the U.S. Southwest, leaves many wary of an incipient mining boom.

Geoscience Experts

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An expert in earthquakes, structural geology, tectonics, and neotectonics.
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An expert in geology, paleoecology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
Carrie Tyler is a marine conservation paleobiologist.

Recent Geoscience Accomplishments

Krishnakumar Nangeelil, Peter Dimpfl, Zaijing Sun (all Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences), Shichun Huang (currently faculty at UTK, a former member of the department of geosciences at UNLV), and Mayir Mamtimin (Halliburton) published an article titled, "Preliminary Study on Forgery Identification of Hetian Jade with Instrumental Neutron…
Simon Jowitt and Brian McNulty (Geoscience) recently published a paper in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews on critical metals – often discarded as a byproduct of mining operations – that are vital components in the global push for low-carbon energy generation, storage, and transport. Researchers explored the current global…
Amanda Ostwald and Arya Udry (both Geoscience) and their collaborators, Valerie Payré (NAU), Esteban Gazel (Cornell), and Peiyu Wu (Cornell) published a paper, “The Role of Assimilation and Factional Crystallization in the Evolution of the Mars Crust”, in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Ostwald is geoscience graduate student, and…
Shichun Huang (Geoscience), Min Li (Physics and Astronomy) and their colleagues published an article, Sulfur Isotopic Signature of Earth Established by Planetesimal Volatile Evaporation, in Naure Geoscience. Using sophisticated ab initio and thermodynamics calculations, they showed that the Earth's sulfur, an important volatile element, budget is…
David Rice,  Zachary Grande, Ashkan Salamat, Jason Steffen (all Physics and Astronomy), and Oliver Tschauner (Geoscience), along with former UNLV postdoc Chenliang Huang (Physics and Astronomy) published a study on the properties of the interiors of distant, extrasolar planets in the "Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society." This…
David Kreamer (Geoscience) was invited by the president of the United Nations General Assembly to speak to the member states in open session at a high-level UN meeting on the "Implementation of the Water-Related Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda" earlier his month. Kreamer spoke on an interactive panel on water data, information, and…