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Honorary Degrees Conferred upon Geology Alumni

Robert Schock ’61 and Woody Fischer ’00 were presented with honorary degrees from Colorado College in the past year.  Both are graduates of the Geology Department from Colorado College.

Robert Schock was given his honorary degree during Commencement in May 2014.   Dr. Schock was most recently the director of studies for the World Energy Council in London and a consultant to industry, laboratories, and governments worldwide. 

Woody Fischer received his honorary degree during Opening Convocation on September 1, 2014.  Woody is a professor of Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology, researching in locations such as Oman, West Australia, Gotland (Sweden), Anticosti Island (Canada), South Africa, Namibia, and remote research on Mars.

Congratulations to both! 

Geology Faculty Presenting Conferences During Fall 2014

Professor Christine Siddoway traveled to Auckland, New Zealand, in late August to present at the SCAR (Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research) Biennial Meeting and Open Science Conference 2014.  Christine’s presentation was titled “Geological inheritance of West Antarctica – Echoes of past subduction and ongoing consequences”.

Geologic Society of America is holding their annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, this year from October 19-22.  Professors Eric Leonard, Henry Fricke, Visiting Professor Carrie Tyler, and Paraprofessional Vikki Crystal will be traveling to Vancouver to present at the meeting.

Professor Eric Leonard will be presenting Multiple geochronometer study of a high-elevation Pleistocene marine terrace in northern Chile – Implications for coastal uplift rates, Leonard, Eric M. Department of Geology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903,; Paces, James B., U.S. Geological Survey, MS 963,Box 25046, Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; Wehmiller, John F. Department of Geological Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716; Muhs, Daniel R.  U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, MS 963, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225; and Simmons, Kathleen R. U.S. Geological Survey, Box 25046, MS 963, Denver Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225

Visiting Professor Carrie Tyler will be presenting Beyond Mollusks: A Multi-taxic Evaluaiton of the Fidelity of Beta Diversity, Tyler, Carrie L., Geology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; Kowalewski, Michal, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611


The American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting will be in San Francisco, California, December 15-19.  

Professor Eric Leonard will be presenting an invited presentation for the “Paleoglaciology” session: Numerical Modeling of Rocky Mountain Paleoglaciers – Insights into the Climate of the Last Glacial Maximum and the Subsequent Deglaciation, Leonard, Eric M., Department of Geology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903; Laabs, Benjamin J., Department of Geological Sciences, SUNY-Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454; Plummer, Mitchell A., Idaho National Laboratory, 2525 Fremont St., Idaho Falls, ID 83415; Tooth chemistry reveals sauropod sojourns -- Professor Henry Fricke, Justin Henceroth ('09), and Marie Hoerner ('09) completed research that was published in Nature Magazine October 26, 2011.

Geology Department goes green with the annual alumni newsletter; featuring highlights from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Read all the department's highlights on this link: Precambrian Basement 2016-17 or prior years PCB publications.


Beth McMillan ‘91, Professor and Chair Department of Earth Sciences, University of Arkansas at Little Rock "On the shoulders of giants: subsummit surfaces and the Rocky Mountains" Friday, September 30, 2016 at 12:15 in Tutt Science Lecture Hall

Ana Vargo '84, Professional Geologist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Denver, CO, "What an engineering geologist does" Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:15 in Palmer Hall 16

Dan Niemela '00, Hydrogeologist, Bishop Brogden Associates, Denver, CO, "History of Water Rights in Colorado" Friday, February 24, 2017, at 12:15 in Palmer Hall 15

Celeste Mercer, Research Geologist, USGS, Denver, CO, "Magmas to metals: Insights into evolution of magma parental to one of Colorado's premier ore deposits", Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 12:15 in Palmer Hall 16

Talks at nearby institutions:

Location: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, VIP Room (Enter the museum and make a hard left, pass the gift shop on your right, then bathrooms on the left, and then the TRex Café on the right; the VIP room is at the far NE corner of the museum, just past the set of three TRex Café cash registers).
Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm
* Museum admission not required to attend *

February 7th Rich Barclay (Smithsonian National Museum), The Ginkgo CO2 barometer   
February 21st Brent Breithaupt & Neffra Matthews (Bureau of Land Management), Pterosaur Paleobiology: Insights from Photogrammetric Ichnology
April 7th Mark Loewen (University of Utah), Reef Communities from the Great Lakes of the Eocene
May 12th Simone Hoffman (New York Institute of Technology), The Evolution of Sensory Systems in Mammals
May 22nd William Clyde (University of New Hampshire), Hyperthermals: Extreme Global Warming Events in the Geological Past
September 22nd Raymond Rogers (Macalester College), Twenty Years of Paleontological Adventure & Discovery on the Great Red Island, Madagascar
October 9th  Graham Young (Manitoba Museum), Tropical fossils from the edge of the Arctic
November 2nd Jaelyn Eberle (University of Colorado, Boulder), Life at the Top of the Eocene Greenhouse World
December 5th Ellen Currano (University of Wyoming), Seeing the forest through the leaves - from Ethiopia to the Rocky Mountains

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