Mara Brady

Mara Brady

Sedimentary Geology & Taphonomy Laboratory

Our lab studies ancient sedimentary environments.  Based on field-collected data, we aim to better understand how sea level, tectonics, and sedimentation rates influence the preservation of the sedimentary and fossil records. Current research focuses on Devonian (~375 million year old) tropical marine limestones and invertebrate fossils. In the future, we look forward to investigating modern depositional environments (and their shallow sedimentary and fossil records) to establish historical baselines that can inform current restoration and conservation efforts.

E-mail: mebrady@csufresno.edu

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Dundas

Robert Dundas

Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory

Our group primarily studies fossils from the Quaternary period (approximately 2.6 million years ago to the present). These studies provide information on the biodiversity and ecology of the past, and provide key information to enable the ages of rock strata to be dated.

E-mail: rdundas@csufresno.edu

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Pluhar

Christopher Pluhar

Paleomagnetism Laboratory

Research in our laboratory focuses on using the magnetic signal recorded in rocks to learn about their age and tectonic history. Students in this research group conduct comprehensive studies including field- and laboratory-based components.

E-mail: cpluhar@csufresno.edu

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Putirka

Keith Putirka

Mineralogy and Igneous Petrology Laboratory

Our research group is interested in understanding the circulation of the mantle below the earth's crust. We study the chemical content and structure of rocks and minerals from areas of both active and ancient volcanic activity, which provides insight on the factors controlling magma transport and eruption.

E-mail: kputirka@csufresno.edu

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Van de Water

Peter Van de Water

Paleoenvironment Laboratory

Our research is focused on the impact of past, present and future climate change on vegetation. We are currently measuring the isotopic composition of modern and fossil plants to reconstruct past environmental changes. We are also investigating the spread of pollen from genetically modified crop plants, and their ecological impact on native plants.

E-mail: pvandewater@csufresno.edu

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Wakabayashi

John Wakabayashi

Tectonics Laboratory

Our research studies current and past plate boundaries. Areas of interest include the Sierra Nevada and the California Coast Ranges.

E-mail: jwakabayashi@csufresno.edu

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Wang

Zhi Wang

Hydrology Laboratory

Our group studies effects of human activity on soil and water quality. Research topics include measurement and modeling of water resources in the Sierra Nevada, water and nutrient transport in surface, subsurface and groundwater zones, as well as physical and biological remediation processes.

E-mail: zwang@csufresno.edu

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Beth Weinman

Beth Weinman

Dr. Weinman studies the Feather River Basin, National Forest landscape; geochemical soil evolution and propagating tectonic signals. Her areas of research include measuring C/N and C respiration on different hill slopes, and monitoring snow pack effects and changes.

E-mail: bweinman@csufresno.edu

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