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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.

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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 2017-18 or prior years PCB publications.


Dr. John Taylor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present  "Biogeographic and Paleogeographic Utility of Cambrian–Ordovician Faunas” on Friday, September 29, at 12:15 in Tutt Science Lecture Hall.

Monday, October 9, “Successes and failures of 10Be cosmogenic dating for evaluating slip rates and earthquake history of the southern San Andreas Fault” and will be at 11:00 in Palmer 15.  Tuesday, October 10, “14.6 Ma aridification and development of the ancestral Taklimakan desert between the Pamir and Tian Shan orogens, western China, climatically or tectonically controlled?” This talk will be in Palmer 16 at 12:00. Both are presented by Dr. Richard Heermance, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University Northridge.

Dr. Cecilia McHugh, Queens College, CUNY, is presenting the 2017-18 Ocean Discovery Lecture Series “CAN CONTINENTAL MARGIN SEDIMENTS BE GLOBALLY CORRELATED DURING LARGE AMPLITUDE, GLACIO-EUSTATIC FLUCTUATIONS?”    Dr. McHugh is a marine geologist who uses sediments and acoustic images to understand continental margin sedimentation in response to global changes in sea level. Most recently, she has promoted the field of submarine paleoseismology to study earthquakes and tsunamis. She has participated in five Ocean Drilling Expeditions. Join the Geology Department in welcoming Dr. McHugh to Colorado College Monday,November 13, at 12:15 in Tutt Science Lecture Hall.

Dr. Francis Rengers, Geomorphologist at U.S. Geologic Survey, will present "Recent Progress in Debris-flow Research" on Friday, April 13, 2018, in Palmer Hall #16.

Dr. Karen Alley, University of Colorado Boulder, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research presented "Perspectives on ice shelf stability: Melting from above and from below" February 2, 2018, at 12:00 in Palmer Hall 16.

Dr. Jason Price, California Institute of Technology, presented "Cooling ages change a paradign: Normal fault movement on the Austroalpine 'overthrust', Central Alps, Switzerland" on Monday, April 30, 12:15 in Tutt Science Lecture Hall.

Roland LaForge '72, LaForge GeoConsulting, presented "Seismic Hazard Assessment: Colorado in Particular" on Friday, May 4, 12:15 in Palmer Hall 16.

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