Geosciences Research Overview

Geosciences Department research strengths span a wide range of depths and scales, and include fieldwork and studies from the local Colorado Front Range to Antarctica.    Broad topics of study include fluvial geomorphology; energy geosciences, economic geology, structural geology, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, sedimentology, tectonics, mineralogy, hydrogeology, and geophysics.
 
Faculty and staff research involves research opportunities at all levels, from undergraduates to postdoctoral scholars. Present research interests of the faculty can be broadly characterized into the following categories.

Faculty Disciplines
 
Dynamics and processes of rivers, floods, and landslides; associated effects on ecosystem habitats.
 
PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, SEDIMENTOLOGY, STRATIGRAPHY, AND LOW TEMPERATURE GEOCHEMISTRY
Hydrocarbon geosystems; sedimentology; diagenesis and geochemistry of shales and carbonates; sedimentation.
Sven Egenhoff, Lisa StrightHolly Stein, Judy Hannah, and Sally Sutton
 
ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY AND GEOCHRONOLOGY
Re-Os; molybdenite and other sulfides; black shales; hydrocarbon maturation; fluids and source rocks.
Holly Stein and Judy Hannah
 
ECONOMIC GEOLOGY
Hydrothermal ore deposits; hydrothermal fluid flow.
John Ridley and Sally Sutton
 
PETROLOGY, STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, AND TECTONICS
Igneous and metamorphic petrology; core complexes and terranes; shear zones, faults and fault focus; extension and rifting of the lithosphere; structure and processes of the mantle.
Jerry MagloughlinJohn SingletonDennis Harry, Derek Schutt, and Rick Aster
 
HYDROGEOLOGY AND HYDROGEOPHYSICS
Groundwater flow and transport modeling; isotope and tracer hydrogeology; flow and transport in fractured rock; groundwater recharge; groundwater/surface water interactions; geophysical characterization of aquifers; glacier hydrology.
Mike RonayneBill Sanford, and Dan McGrath
 
GEOPHYSICS, GEODYNAMICS, AND SEISMOLOGY
Earthquake and volcano seismology; imaging the near surface; structure, evolution, and physical state of the lithosphere and asthenosphere; lithospheric deformation modeling; Antarctic and glacial geophysics; glacier mass balance; ice shelf processes an stability; geophysical Inverse Methods.
Dennis HarryDerek Schutt, Dan McGrath, and Rick Aster