Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Professor Tessa Hill Elected AAAS Fellow

November 24, 2020
Professor Tessa Hill, a leading expert in marine geochemistry and a strong advocate for public outreach and education access, has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society.

AGU Honors UC Davis Earth Scientists

November 23, 2020
Distinguished Professor Isabel Montañez and Professor Qing-zhu Yin of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences have been named fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Crystallized Climate

California Cavern, in Calaveras County east of Stockton, is one of hundreds of caves hidden beneath the Sierra Nevada foothills. By cracking open stalagmites from these caves, Distinguished Professor Isabel Montañez and her students have teased out a timeline of Northern California’s climate history stretching back nearly 20,000 years.

Deep Past Is Key to Predicting Future Climate

November 05, 2020
An international team of climate scientists, including Professor Isabel Montañez at the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, suggests that researchers using numerical models to predict future climate change should include simulations of past climates in their evaluation and statement of their model performance.

California Academy of Sciences Honors UC Davis Geochemists

October 16, 2020
Two professors from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences were inducted into the ranks of California Academy of Sciences Fellows. They are among 14 new fellows honored at the Academy’s annual meeting, held virtually this year on Oct. 13.

New Clues to Deep Earthquake Mystery

May 27, 2020
A new understanding of our planet’s deepest earthquakes could help unravel one of the most mysterious geophysical processes on Earth.

Arizona Meteorite Points to Source of LL Chondrites

April 27, 2020

The 2016 Dishchii’bikoh meteorite fall in the White Mountain Apache reservation in central Arizona has given scientists a big clue to finding out where so-called LL chondrites call home. 

New Leak Detector for Earth’s Core

April 10, 2020
Earth’s molten core may be leaking iron, according to researchers who analyzed how iron behaves inside our planet.

Managing Resources in a Water-Limited World

March 06, 2020
An interdisciplinary team from UC Davis is collaborating with the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education—the largest graduate water education facility in the world, based in the Netherlands—to develop a summer school on “Sustainable Water Management in a Water-Limited World.”

Four Limbs Good, Three Legs Bad?

October 01, 2019
If “Why?” is the first question in science, “Why not?” must be a close second. Sometimes it’s worth thinking about why something does not exist. Such as a truly three-legged animal.