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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."                                                                                                                 (6/23/17)


What is Geology?

Geology is the science of the Earth, and San José State University is optimally suited for the study of an extraordinarily broad spectrum of geological topics. If you enjoy the sciences, enjoy working outside (or in a lab, or with computers), or if you plan to teach, consider a career in geology. The SJSU Department of Geology can help you obtain an undergraduate major or minor, complete a Master's degree, or simply satisfy an SJSU General Education requirement.

The Department of Geology provides educational opportunities for the diverse community of San José State University students through general education courses, K-12 teacher training and professional development, a rigorous, integrated curriculum for majors pursuing Bachelor's degrees, and graduate courses and research. Courses in the major cover the broad field of geology to prepare students for work toward advanced degrees or employment in the profession. The M.S. program offers specialized courses and research culminating in a thesis, and prepares students for research in Ph. D. programs and for professional positions in the private and public sectors. In order to fulfill this mission, faculty members develop their expertise in diverse aspects of the evolving field of geosciences while providing students with comprehensive training in the entire discipline.


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