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Meet Megan Aunan

Megan is the recipient of the Dean's Award which is awarded to the outstanding senior in each department.

Learn about Megan

CoS Awesome Video Contest

May 2016

Geological Sciences graduate student, Kate Kaminski, was a co-winner of the 2016 College of Science Awesome Video Contest. For her amazing 3-minute video of the Popping Rocks Mid-Atlantic Research Expedition, she won a new GoPro video camera. Kate is a master's student in geology, and her research examines the effects on helium of shear zone deformation. Her participation in the Popping Rocks Expedition (March-April 2016) provided the opportunity to gain a better understanding of noble gas dynamics at mid-ocean ridges and apply it to her research. Learn more about the expedition at Popping Rocks.

Popping Rocks Research Cruise

by Kate Kaminski

Exploring Geothermal Possibilities

Ideas That Matter: 2016 Research Report

UI and the Idaho National Lab researchers aim for national geothermal research facility on Snake River Plain.

Read about geothermal research at UI

In Awe of Yellowstone

The students’ mission — to measure heat coming up from the enormous volcano beneath Yellowstone.

Read about our students' hands-on experience

Student Awards

February 2016

Norman F. Foster Memorial Scholarship

Andrew Canada (PhD student, geological sciences, advisor: Elizabeth Cassel) was awarded the prestigious Norman H. Foster Memorial Scholarship for his research on High-elevation lake basins in Nevada: Implications for topographic and hydrologic reconstruction of the Cordilleran hinterland. Only two of these $5,000 grants were awarded by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists this year. Recipients of the award have demonstrated the ability and intent to utilize various exploration techniques to locate structural or stratigraphic habitats for oil and gas.

Andrew Canada conducts sed/strat analyses to understand basin formation in northeastern Nevada.
Jeff Larimer, left, and Eric Hurd of the United States compete in the men's C-2 canoe double slalom heats at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. (Associated Press)

Geology Graduate – a former Olympic Paddler

July 2015 | William Brock, The Spokesman Review

UI geology graduate, Jeff Larimer, recently completed a master’s degree and is now pursuing a doctorate in fluvial geomorphology with advisor Brian Yanites. Many of his fellow classmates may be unaware that Larimer is a former Olympic paddler, having competed in the 2012 Games in London. He also competed—and won gold—at the 2012 Pan American Games in Brazil.

Read more about Jeff in The Spokesman Review:
July 16, 2015: Article 1 by William Brock
July 16, 2015: Article 2 by William Brock

Digging Into the World of Copper

UI professor’s research reveals new patterns in how economically important copper deposits are distributed across the Earth.

Read about Yanites's research

Studying the History of Moving Mountains

Geology professor investigates how plate tectonics helped an ancient mountain range disappear.

Learn about the mountain range lost to time

Unearthing the Galápagos Story

Geology professor Dennis Geist studies the surprising geology deep beneath the Galápagos Islands.

Read more about Geist's Research

Gunterite: New Mineral Named for Geology Professor

Mickey Gunter, University of Idaho geology professor, was been honored by the International Mineralogical Association, which voted in 2011 to name a newly discovered mineral after him.

Learn about Guntertie


Department of Geological Sciences

Physical Address:
McClure Hall 203

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3022
Moscow, ID 83844-3022

Phone: 208-885-6192


Web: Geological Sciences