A Year in Review

Dec. 20, 2019

A look back on 2019's biggest moments


With 2020 fast approaching, we are taking time to reflect the past 12 months, which have been a momentous for the Department of Geosciences. We welcomed Kaustubh Thirumalai to the department as a new tenure-track Assistant Professor, as well as two new advisory board members: Paul Clark and Mark Zoback. We recently began the search for a new faculty member in the field of Tectonic Petrochronology who will be joining the department next fall.

As our department grows, we are reminded of alumni and advisory board members who have helped to shape the department and have strengthened our research, collaboration, and outreach initiatives. The Computational Geosciences Center, an active learning space equipped with state-of-the-art Geosciences software, was completed as a fully-funded project thanks to Stacie Gibbins, Larry Archibald, and Marc Sbar.

In addition to the grand opening of our newly renovated Computational Geosciences Center, we also celebrated 50 year of Geosciences in March before the GeoDaze Symposium. Our department also attended the GSA and AGU conferences in September and December, as well as many community events, such as Science City at the Tucson Festival of Books and the Science Café series.

2019 also brought with it many published papers, awards, and announcements. Below are some of the highlights of the year.

Greenland’s Southwest Ice Sheet Particularly Sensitive to Warming

Team of UA Scientists Submit Proposal for NSF Idea Machine 2026

Ancient Pee Reveals Earliest Stages of Animal Domestication

Climate, grasses and teeth: the evolution of South America mammals

Pete Reiners is 2019 AGU Fellow

UA's planned new gem and mineral museum downtown aims to enrich Tucson community