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Department of Geoscience News

Geoscience is an all-encompassing term used to refer to the earth sciences. Geoscientists strive to understand earth processes and study 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

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

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Research | August 17, 2021

UNLV climate scientist Matthew Lachniet explains what it means and how climate change plays a role.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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People | March 31, 2021

UNLV alumna shoots for the stars and lands at NASA and Los Alamos.

Geoscience In The News

Jacky Rosen U.S. Senator for Nevada
September 17, 2021

Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) released the following statement applauding the National Science Foundation (NSF) for awarding $828,904 in funding to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Coyote Gulch
September 17, 2021

The following are just a few of the ways “climate change now” made its full force known in the Rocky Mountains this year and showed its impact on everyday life.

KSNV-TV: News 3
September 16, 2021

UNLV science professors Libby Hausrath and Arya Udry are finally getting an opportunity to analyze data after being selected by NASA for the Mars 2020 Perseverance mission.

The Colorado Sun
September 16, 2021

Choking on ozone spikes, losing favorite hiking spots like Hanging Lake, sweating through fall school days — climate change is now.

PennState
September 15, 2021

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has a rich history dating back more than a century, from the original focus on mining engineering, to today's interdisciplinary focus on earth, energy, and materials sciences and engineering.

Maven's Notebook
September 14, 2021

DEEPER DROUGHTS POSSIBLE IN SOUTHWEST, SCIENTISTS WARN

Geoscience Experts

Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics. 
An expert in planetary science, igneous petrology, and Martian geology.
Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.
An expert in global metal resources, the use of geochemistry to unravel geological processes, igneous petrology, mineral exploration, and global tectonics.    
An expert in Mars geochemistry, astrobiology, water-rock interactions, and snow dynamics.
An expert in earthquakes, structural geology, tectonics, and neotectonics.

Recent Geoscience Accomplishments

March 30, 2021
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 study...
March 23, 2021
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 governance...
January 14, 2021
Arya Udry (Geoscience) published the review article "What Martian Meteorites Reveal About the Interior and Surface of Mars" in Journal of Geophysical Research : Planets.  Scientists learn about the formation and evolution of planets, such as Mars, by studying rock samples. Obtaining rock samples from Mars makes it possible to study them in state-...
December 7, 2020
Arya Udry (Geoscience) has been selected for the Mars 2020 Participating Scientist Program. Udry's proposal "Using Jezero Crater Igneous Compositions to Constrain Martian Interior and Surface Processes from the Noachian to Amazonian" was selected for funding. She was one of 13 proposals out of 119 chosen for the award. UNLV now has two Mars 2020...
August 25, 2020
Steve Rowland (Geoscience) recently published "Early Adaptation to Eolian Sand Dunes by Basal Amniotes is Documented in Two Pennsylvanian Grand Canyon Trackways" in PLOS One. The study confirmed the oldest vertebrate tracks in the Grand Canyon. The two sets of fossilized tracks are approximately 313 million years old and are lying in view on the...
July 22, 2020
Simon Jowitt (Geoscience) was featured in an Ars Technica article on the rare earth elements, covering demand for these elements that are critical for modern technology, green energy, and defense. The article highlights recent UNLV geoscience research on the geology and potential recycling of the rare earth elements, and how developments in this...