geology and geophysics

2022 Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence

The University of Utah’s highest faculty accolade is awarded to isotope scientist Thure Cerling.


A surprisingly soft mineral may control how Earth recycles rocks

Knowing this is important for understanding what happens to slabs of rock as they sink into the Earth, which in turn teaches us about how and why earthquakes and volcanoes happen on the surface.


Science communication and outreach program brings Earth scientists into SLC classrooms

The Williamson Fellowship pairs geoscience grad students with seventh- through 12th-grade classes.


How 3-D modeling helped U geologists teach during COVID-19

Hands-on geology outreach continued during the hands-off pandemic.


Ancient ammonoids’ shell designs may have aided buoyancy control

Researchers use 3D-printed models to explore fractal-like interior shell patterns.


Evergreen needles act as air quality monitors

Trees are air quality monitors all around us. U scientists found that magnetic particles on pine needles can indicate levels of air pollution.


Humans of the U: Michelle Tuitupou

“It’s not just planning out their classes, it’s helping them find their path.”


Going super small to get super strong metals

Experiments challenge long-held assumptions about the strength of metals.


The Wasatch Front: A living lab

A new cross-campus partnership multiplies and unifies the U’s environmental observations of the Wasatch Front.


HUMANS OF THE U: JIM KARNER

“We do the recoveries and the collection of meteorites in Antarctica. Forty-one years now we’ve been recovering meteorites and bringing those samples to science.”