• Our weekly departmental TEA is held on Wednesdays at 3 PM in alternating ends of the OLRI first floor atrium this year. See you then!
  • Geology Spring 2018 Newsletter–all the dirt (and rocks) from the 2017-18 academic year. It was a busy one!
  • Pictures from Alessandro Mauceri’s Study Abroad program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Pictures include travels to Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls, and Chobe National Park.
  • Congratulations to Kristi Curry Rogers who ascended the ranks to full professor today, 2 May, in the traditional Macalester bagpipe ceremony! Her adoring geology students lined the balcony hallway to fete her with flowers and, of course, proud husband/fellow professor Ray beamed away!
  • Stop by for one of two lectures today, 25 April 2018 by Dr. Kieran McNulty, professor, Anthropology Department, University of Minnesota.  The first at noon in Ray Rogers’ “History and Evolution of the Earth” will explore the basics of human evolution (in 100 OLRI).  The second talk, at 2:30 in OLRI 175, is more research focused, and is entitled ” The anatomy of debate over Homo floresiensis.”

  • On 5 April 2018 in Kristi’s Dinosaur class, our David B. Jones Guest Speaker Dave Eberth from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta presented a talk on his adventures studying rocks and dinosaurs to a full house.
  • Mac Alum Publishes Paper on Lotosaurus Bonebed in China. Cedric Hagan ‘16 recently published a manuscript based on his study abroad experience at James Cook University in Australia. While at JCU he worked with Professor Eric Roberts (Ray’s first research student) on a project that focused on the taphonomy and zircon geochronology of a Triassic bonebed from China. The paper is published in the journal PALAIOS (v. 33, pages 106-124). Cedric is currently a PhD student in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.
  • Geology Spring 2016-17 Newsletter–Read all about the 2016-17 academic year!

 Past Events


Geology Department Lacuna Bajada

Join the Geology Department at their Lacuna Bajada (Spring Picnic) for an end-of-year celebration of food and fun in honor of our graduating seniors. Come snow (or rain) or shine!


Geology Senior Thesis & Capstone Presentations

The Geology Department invites the Macalester Community to our Senior Thesis & Capstone Presentations. Come listen to the small but mighty class of 2018.

3:30  Nolan Ebner, "A Re-Examination of the 38.9 ka Ignimbrite at Fond St. Jean, Dominica;"

3:50  Kelsee York, "Biogenic Silica as a Proxy for Paleoclimate: A Case Study of the Mid-Pleistocene Transition;"

4:10  Rachel Surprenant, "Taphonomy of a Vertebrate Microfossil Bonebed in the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Two Medicine Formation of Montana -- a Comparative Approach." 


Two Talks about Human Evolution by Dr. Kieran McNulty

Dr. Kieran McNulty, Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Minnesota, will present two lectures today. 

The first at noon in Ray Rogers' "History and Evolution of the Earth" (OLRI 100) will explore the basics of human evolution. 

The second talk, at 2:30 in OLRI 175, is more research focused, and is entitled " The anatomy of debate over Homo floresiensis."  

All are welcome. 


Geology Seminar with Alum Trevor Maggart '16

Kick off this weekend with a talk that’ll rock! You are invited to join Trevor Maggart ’16 to hear about his adventures in the real world. Trevor, like several of our recent grads, worked for Big Rock Exploration (a local company that runs projects throughout the US). Big Rock currently employs a few of our graduates.


Geology Seminar--In the Beginning: Insights into the Origins of the Granite Texture

John Hogan, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences and Geological & Petroleum Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology presents. 

Petrologic investigation of an Eocambrian alkali feldspar “rhyolite dyke” in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma, places constraints on the tectonomagmatic evolution of the Southern Oklahoma Aulacogen, the development of monomineralic domains characteristic of “granitic fabrics”, and the ascent rate of felsic magmas. The dyke is texturally similar to a porphyritic alkali feldspar “rhyolite” but exhibits clear intrusive relationships with a medium-grained alkali feldspar granite. 


Lacuna Bajada

Geology majors--stop by the Lacuna Bajada (Geology Department BBQ) to celebrate the end of the academic year, share some food and fun, and honor our graduating seniors. Come rain or shine (or snow!). 


Geology Senior Capstone and Honors Presentations

The Geology Department invites the Macalester community to our Senior Capstone and Honors Presentations. Check the posters in the Department for presenters' times.

All are welcome!