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In Awe of Yellowstone

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

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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

Student Awards

May 2015

Geological Society of Nevada 2015 Symposium

Andrew Canada (PhD student, geological sciences, advisor: Elizabeth Cassel) won the first place award for Best Student Poster at the Geological Society of Nevada 2015 Symposium. (This is a once every five years event, and included attendees from both industry and academia. The award included a $500 prize.)

2015 Geology Department Award Winners

  • Dean's Award for Outstanding Senior — Beverly Burtenshaw
  • Outstanding Senior in Geology — Tyler J. Pierson
  • Outstanding Junior in Geology — Marie Danes
  • Liselle Batt Award (based on performance, outstanding field skills and participation in field camp) — Silas Z. Whitley
  • Alumni Achievement Award (based on outstanding scholarship and service to the department) — Thomas A. Morrow
  • Jensen Award (based on academic achievement and citizenship) — Andrew Canada
Andrew Canada (PhD student) with Department Chair Dr. Mickey Gunter and Deborah Jensen.

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


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