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SJSU Geology Welcomes New Faculty Members


Carlie Pietsch

"I am a paleontologist withCarlie Pietsch a  focus on marine communities associated with mass extinction and extreme climate events in geologic history. I am particularly interested in the disconnect of recovery pace and process between local and global scales following mass extinction events. My research on extreme climate events serves as both a proxy for anthropogenic climate change and as a window into the impact of climate on evolutionary trajectories. I work extensively in the field to document sedimentological changes and collect fossil samples. I use museum collections and fossil databases as well as laboratory tools including microfacies, stable isotope geochemistry, and sclerochronology to study these events. When I am not studying extinction you can also find me swimming, biking, and running triathlons or sampling the best ice cream that the greater San Jose area has to offer."


Ryan Portner

Ryan Portner"I am a sedimentologist with broad interests in volcanology, basin evolution, petrology, tectonics and Earth history. My research integrates field mapping, stratigraphy, petrography, geochemistry, and geochronology to investigate the sedimentary and tectono-magmatic evolution of the Earth. A specific research objective of mine is to better understand eruption dynamics, volcaniclast fragmentation and dispersal processes associated with submarine volcanism. To do this my research team combines field studies of modern and ancient deposits exposed on the seafloor and on land with laboratory based analytical approaches."    

What is Geology?

Geology is a multi-disciplinary field with an array of subjects to study. The Geology Department at San Jose State University studies the intricacies of our earth and how geologic and human-driven processes shape it; our faculty research interests range from earthquakes to volcanoes and from mountain formation to science education and outreach. 

San Jose State offers a B.S. in Geology, B.A. in Earth Science, and an M.S. in Geology. Furthermore, our campus location, being near several significant regional geological structures, gives our students an edge in their studies and provides them with vital experience in exploring the earth through scientific means.

If you have curiosity for what lies below your feet or have a penchant to get your hands dirty, consider Geology.      


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