Research

Slawek Tulaczyk and British colleague John Woodward set up a GPS station on the Whillans Ice Stream to help study subglacial lakes that regularly drain and fill, a process that appears to speed ice flow.

The major research areas in Earth & Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz are briefly described below. For more information on a specific research program, click on the faculty member listed or the highlighted links.

Tectonics and Landform Processes

Active tectonics, continent formation, and mountain building
Finnegan, Hourigan, S. Schwartz,

Marine tectonics and marine hydrogeology
Fisher, Brodsky

Hydrology and hydrogeology
Fisher, Finnegan, Paytan, Brodsky

Geomorphology, surface processes, and glacial studies
Finnegan, Tulaczyk

Coastal processes
Griggs

Thermochronology
Blackburn

Remote sensing
Silver

Global Environmental Change

Experimental and observational atmospheric chemistry
Chuang, Paytan

Paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, and modern climate change
Chuang, Feldl, Koch, Paytan, Tulaczyk, Zachos

Paleontology, paleoecology, and biogeochemistry
Clapham, Koch, Paytan, H. Schwartz, Zachos

Geophysics and Planetary Physics

Asteroids, comets, and near Earth objects
Kreslavsky

Atmospheres
Chuang, Feldl, Zhang

Cosmochemistry
Telus

The Moon, Mars, and Venus
Nimmo, Garrick-Bethell, Kreslavsky, Zhang

Planetary interiors and dynamics
Garrick-Bethell, Nimmo, Williams, Zhang

Seismology
Brodsky, Lay, S. Schwartz, Steven Ward, Ru-Shan Wu, and Xiao-bi Xie

Early Solar System Accretion
Blackburn

Paleomagnetism and Earth's magnetic field
Garrick-Bethell

Experimental geophysics and mineral physics
Knittle, Williams

Marine geophysics
Fisher, Silver

For more information on campuswide resources in Planetary Sciences, consult the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences website.

High-Temperature Geochemistry and Geology

Geochronology
Blackburn

Structural geology, tectonic hydrogeology, and marine geology
Hourigan

Thermochronology
Hourigan