Faculty Disciplines

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.
Sara Rathburn, Andy DarlingDaniel McGrath, and Ellen Wohl

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.

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; geophysical Inverse Methods.
Dennis HarryDerek Schutt, Dan McGrath, and Rick Aster