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2014 HSU Geology Newsletter

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Geology Department Newsletter Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Geology Department Newsletter

Fall 2014 Geology Colloquium Speaker Series

Geology Colloquium Schedule Fall 2014


15-Sep            Lori Dengler   A California View of the 1964 Alaska Earthquake: Lessons learned, forgotten, and relearned about reducing tsunami vulnerability

22-Sep            Melanie Michalak      Minerals and Monsoons: Examining spatial patterns of erosion in the NW Himalaya

29-Sep            Dallas Rhodes            Geomorphic and Lacustrine Evidence of Climate Change and Tectonics In the Carrizo Plain, California

6-Oct               Ken Aalto       Jjökulhlaups, Tsunami and Bedrock Sculpting by Supercritical Flow

13-Oct            Brandon Browne       Rates of Magma Ascent

20-Oct            Rick Wilson    California Tsunami Program

27-Oct            Melanie Stevens        Movement of East Weaver Creek Landslide Prior to Catastrophic 2011 Failure, Northern California

3-Nov             Tentative - Greg Rumney and Dave Stockton    1964 Flood

10-Nov           554 class report        Steens Mountain

17-Nov           Jim Goltz and Evelyn Roeloffs         Adapting California’s Earthquake Advisory Plan to Cascadia

1-Dec              Emir Macari   Mexico's Earthquake Early Warning System: Lessons for California


All talks at 5 PM and in Founders 25 unless otherwise noted

Schedule may change.  Please check flyers on Founders Basement Doors, call the Geology Department Office 826-3931, or email Lori Dengler (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to confirm Date, Time, and Topic.

Geology Colloquium - Lori Dengler 9/15/2014 5 PM

Geology Colloquium - a reprise of the April 2014 UC Berkeley Lawson lecture

"A California wiew of the 1964 Alaska earthquake: Lessons learned, forgotten, and relearned about reducing tsunami vulnerability"

Lori Dengler

Monday September 15, 2014, 5 PM

Founders Hall Room 25

Earthquake Tsunamis Room at the Humboldt County Fair Wins Award

The Earthquake Tsunami Room was recognized as the best nonprofit exhibit at the 2013 Humboldt County Fair.  This is a recognition of the wonderful job students, staff and volunteers (many former HSU students) are doing in talking to visitors. Congratulations to Lori Dengler, Kerry Varkevisser, and the many volunteers that make it happen each year.

Harvey Kelsey elected GSA Fellow

Harvey Kelsey was recently elected as a 2013 Geological Society of America Fellow.

"In a career spanning more than 30 years, Kelsey used field investigations of coastal environments to make important contributions to our understanding of the history and processes of great subduction zone earthquakes and tsunamis in Cascadia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Japan."  - quoted from nominator Ray E. Wells

Congratulations, Harvey!


This means we are honored to have three GSA Fellows in the department, Ken Aalto, Bud Burke, and now Harvey!

Geology students work far and wide this summer!

Summer 2013 Geology Student News

Joe Camacho Jr. – National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Summer Internship – Middle Tennessee State University Structural geology project using surface observations to search for blind (subsurface) faults in the North American platform, central Tennessee.  Joe will present his summer research results at the fall meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC.


Kelly Morgan - seasonal hydrologic technician with the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Kelly will be conducting surveys of geomorphic features in the Upper East Fork Weiser River in central Idaho using GPS and other methods and processing the data in a GIS model.  Kelly will be using the Geomorphic Road Assessment and Inventory Package (GRAIP), a process and set of tools for analyzing the impacts of roads on forested watersheds. GRAIP combines a detailed road inventory with a powerful GIS analysis tool set to predict road sediment production and delivery, mass wasting risk from gullies and landslides, and road hydrologic connectivity.


Erin Quinn – Smithsonian Graduate Student Fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History.  Erin will be conducting high-temperature, high-pressure experiments on rocks from Chaos Crags, Lassen Volcanic National Park.  Erin’s work will be the first experimental phase equilibrium study on Chaos Crags and will provide important constraints on magma storage conditions at Chaos Crags.  This is important for better understanding the volcanic hazards within Lassen Park.


Michelle Robinson – U.S. Geological Survey /National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Michelle will be based in Portland, OR working with USGS scientists on water-quality conditions in the Columbia River Basin, particularly "toxics"--anthropogenic-indicator compounds, pharmaceuticals, PBDEs, pesticides, legacy compounds, and others.


Claudia Velasco – NSF-REU, Field and Laboratory Research on Glacial Sedimentology in Brazil & Surficial Geology of West Central, Minnesota for Native American Women.  University of Minnesota, Morris and la Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil. Claudia will be helping in an active research project on the origin and history of surficial deposits in west central Minnesota and the late Paleozoic glacial units of Brazil (the Itarare subgroup). This research will focus on: the influence of climate on ice stream movement, the significance of marine interaction and ice sheet grounding, and the nature of ice stream flow (sliding vs. deformation).  Claudia will develop an independent research project during the internship. 


Bobby Voeks - U.S. Geological Survey /National Association of Geoscience Teachers Cooperative Field Training Program. The USGS/NAGT program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences.  Bobby will be working as a hydrologic technician measuring sediment inputs into Chesapeake Bay.  He will be based at the USGS headquarters in Reston, VA.

2013 HSU Geology Newsletter

The 2013 HSU Geology Newsletter is available here.

John Longshore, 1936-2012

Dr. John Longshore, HSU Emeritus Professor of Geology; 1936-2012

Dr. John Longshore, beloved professor, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at his home on October 23, 2012 after an extended battle with cancer.

John came to HSU in 1965 and together with John Young and Frank Kilmer founded the Geology Department at Humboldt State College in 1966.   John led the early grant writing efforts to secure the first analytical tools (petrographic microscopes; atomic absorption, x-ray diffraction & x-ray fluorescence spectrometers) in the department.

In 1984, John was awarded the HSU Outstanding Professor Award in recognition of his exceptional teaching and commitment to his students.

Throughout his career, John completed a long list of field mapping and geology consulting projects throughout the western US and inspired innumerable students to develop and pursue their passion for geology.

John entered the Faculty Early Retirement Program in 2000 and continued to teach half time until 2005.  He continued to serve as a Senior Thesis advisor throughout his retirement and taught in the department in the spring 2007 to cover for a sabbatical leave.

John’s kindness, patience, high expectations, and love for field geology are paramount in the minds and hearts of all that knew him. 

The Geology Department and geology alumni are establishing the “Longshore Field Geology Endowment” to honor John’s dedication to fieldwork and undergraduate geology education at HSU.  The fund will support field and capstone experiences for students within the Geology programs at HSU.

Dr. John D. Longshore

Memorial contributions can be made to the Longshore Field Geology Endowment at Humboldt State University, Gift Processing Center, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA  95521-8299 with checks made payable to Humboldt State University Advancement Foundation.

The Geology Department is collecting written reflections and remembrances of John.  If you have a story to share, please send it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the subject line "John Longshore."  We will gather the responses to share with John's family. 

Thank you.

2012 HSU Geology Newsletter

The 2012 Geology Newsletter is available here.

HSU Geology Team Studies New Zealand Earhquake

Geology Faculty member Mark Hemphill-Haley and graduate student Paul Sundberg conducted a 10-day field reconnaissance study of the September 3, 2010 Canterbury Earthquake on New Zealand's South Island.  Read their blog at:

HSU Geology Alumnus Rob Thomas awarded US Professor of the Year

Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year: Rob Thomas, professor of geology, at The University of Montana Western in Dillon, Mont. Thomas’s passion is teaching geology to students in the field so they can directly experience how the Earth works. With his help, the University of Montana Western became the first public university in the country to transition from regular semester courses to block scheduling. In “Experience One,” his geology students take a single course for 18 instructional days, working outdoors on real-world projects. For example, undergraduate students in his environmental field studies class conducted an analysis of stream restoration on the upper Big Hole River and drafted a 150-page assessment report—in 18 days. The project was a collaborative effort with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local ranchers to help preserve an endangered fish species.