Undergraduate Student Research

Bachelor of Science Research Projects and Theses

Undergraduate students in the BS and BA degrees are required to complete a Culminating Experience, which gives them the opportunity to engage in research in earth and climate sciences topics. 

For the BA degree, this may include a Senior Project, which is directed, original research on an Earth Sciences-related problem (ERTH 695) and a Capstone Presentation of the senior project at a poster session or oral thesis defense open to the public (ERTH 690).

For the BS degree, this may include the Senior Project and Capstone Presentation as above OR Undergraduate Research, which consists of research activities including literature review, project design, data collection, and analysis AND a Senior Thesis, to include a written report and oral presentation approved by the thesis committee.






Wesley Marical

Climate Interference in Islamic Egypt

2022 Stine
Nicholas Modar The Influence of Climate Change on River Temperatures in the San Joaquin River 2020  
Behlie Lengel

Spatial Variability of Coastal Upwelling Along the Gulf of the Farallones

2019 Mazzini
Jilly Amaya

Geologic and Hydrologic Considerations for Selection of Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development: Best Management Pracrticies in Small, Semi-rural Systems

2019 Gurdak
Mie Vogel

Effects of Model Spin-Up on Simulated Recharge using the HYDRUS-1D Vadose Zone Model

2019 Gurdak
Natalie Corkhill

WRF Simulation of the Severe Downslope Windstorm Associated with the Tubbs Fire, Santa Rosa, CA, October 8-9, 2017

2019 Dempsey
Olivia Wilbur

Pacific Island Groundwater Response to Climate Variability

2018 Gurdak
Nick Carver

Effect of Climate on Annual Pinus Ponderosa Growth in Central Sierra Nevada Foothills: Potential for Climate Reconstruction

2018 Stine
Juliana Matranga

Evaluating High Resolution Numerical Model Forecasts of Wind Speeds in the San Francisco Bay Area

2018 Dempsey
Beth Holmes

Reconstructing the Last Glacial Cycle in the Southern Bay of Bengal

2017 Dekens
Daniel Sullivan

Developing Data-Driven Tools to Guide Geothermal Energy Exploration

2017 Caskey
Joey Verdian

Influence of Cliff Face Fractures on the Size Distributions of Talus Particles

2017 Sklar
Nolan Brown

Analyzing city landscapes using techniques from earth sciences

2017 Sklar
Mayra Dudrenova

How does hillslope sediment size vary with rock type?

2017 Sklar
Ian MacGregor

Character and Timing of Slip on Northwest-striking Faults in the Northern Santa Lucia Range, Central California Coast

2016 Caskey
Brandon Swanson

Thermodynamic Modeling of Five Ultrahigh-Pressure Terranes

2016 Leech
Nick Christen

Statistically Evaluating High-Resolution Model Precipitation Forecasts in the San Francisco Bay Region

2016 Dempsey
Ryan Gundar

Improving thermobarometric modeling of Himalayan gneiss domes using analysis of garnets

2016 Leech
Molly McLaughlin

Evolution of Particle Angularity in Natural and Laboratory Geophysical Granular Flows

2016 Sklar
Yilin Lu

Statistical Evaluation of High-resolution WRF-ARW Model Forecast Near San Francisco Peninsula

2015 Dempsey
John Ball

A reconstruction of temperature from Sonora Pass, California, 1550–2014

2015 Stine
Jennifer Luscombe

The P-T-t Evolution of the UHP Tso Morari Complex, NW Indian Himalaya

2015 Leech

Robert Woodford

Creating Quicksand with Sand from Ocean Beach in San Francisco.

2015 Sklar

Hannah Mewhirter

Coriolis Effects on Wind-Driven Ocean Circulation 

2014 Stine

Andrew Nieblas

Petrotectonic Study of High-Grade Franciscan Rocks in the Vicinity of Ring Mountain, CA

2014 Caskey
Ryan Ford Dry Deposition Patterns and Short-Term Temperature Effects of Anthropogenic Black Carbon Emissions in Northern California 2014 Dempsey
Malori Redman Determining the Urban Heat Island Effect in Black Rock City, NV Throughout the Course of the 2013 Burning Man Festival 2014 Oliphant
Ryan Thorp

Observations of living-roof carbon, water vapor and heat exchanges using eddy covariance

2014 Dempsey
Yousef Yousfi

Discontinuous rating curves in sand-bedded rivers, the roles of bed scour and bedform transitions

2013 Sklar
Christopher Olson Influence of chemical weathering on resistance of sediment to mechanical wear 2013 Sklar
Nicholas Aiello Constructing the Diagenetic History of a Dinosaur Bonebed near Rudyard, MT Using Calcite, Limonite, Septarian Siderite, and Iron-Rich Septarian Dolomite Concretions 2013  
Michelle Haskins Structural and hydrologic implications of jointing in the Werner Creek drainage basin, Catskill Mountains, eastern New York 2011 Gurdak
Claire Bailey Communicating geoscience education: using the Mississippi River Delta as a learning tool for San Francisco Bay Area high school students 2011  
Carl Martin Early warning geochemical indicators of seawater intrusion, Westside Basin aquifer, San Francisco Bay 2011 Gurdak
Mae Marcaida Geochemical and petrographic analyses of balck point nd red cones basals, Mono-Inyo volcanic chain, eastern California 2010  
Kevin Denton Paleomagnetic study of the Eocene Caetano intra-caldera tuff, Lander County, Nevada 2010  
Carla Rosa Textural analysis of rocks from the Karakoram shear zone, Ladakh, India 2010  
Steven Dutra Thermobarometry of Eclogite-Facies Shear Zones in the Lofoten Islands, Norway 2010 Leech?
Jonathan Beyeler

The dependence of bedrock erodibility on rock material properties: is tensile strength enough?

2010 Sklar
Brian Grace Research and Building of a Self-Regulating Baffle for Fish Passage in Culverts 2009 Sklar
Steven Woodley Interpreting Pleistocene coastal terrace deposits overlying the 82 ka wave-cut platform, Point Reyes Peninsula, Marin County, California 2009 Grove
Molly Cornell Characterization of anomalous graphite from the Maksyutov ultra high-pressure metamorphic complex, Russia 2008 Leech
Willie Hassett Early Miocene granitoids from the Leo Pargil Gneiss dome, Northwest Himalaya  2008 Leech
Jo Ann Huerto Effect of grain-size mixture on formation of coarse fronts in debris flows 2008 Sklar
Andrea Ozzuna Hydrostratigraphic investigation of the Westside Basin in northern San Mateo County, California 2008 Grove
Zi Zi Searles The atmospheric response to warmer than modern sea surface temperatures in coastal upwelling regions during the early Pliocene  2008 Dekens
Skye Corbett The role of sequences of channel-spanning potholes in the transient evolution of a weakly dissected bedrock landscape, Henry Mountains, Utah 2007 Sklar
James Gonzales The soil geochemistry of three endangered serpentine plant species Presidio of San Francisco 2007 White/LaForce
Jonathon Perkins Estimating bedrock incision rates using cosmogenic radionuclides on strath terrace gravels along Bullfrog Creek, Utah 2007 Sklar
Geza Demeter Influence of bed roughness on the spatial distribution of incision in a laboratory bedrock channel 2006 Sklar
Lisa Garman Tomales Point terraces of Marin County, California, and implication for rate of uplift of northern Point Reyes Peninsula, California 2006 Grove
Christina Polito Petrology and thermobarometry for Proterozoic eclogites of the Lofoten Islands, Flakstadoy and Vestvagoy, northern Norway 2006 Leech
Peter Polito Correlating field and laboratory rates of particle abrasion, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico 2006 Sklar
Curtis Barnes Periodic spacing of channel-spanning potholes in Navajo Sandstone, Henry Mountains, Utah:  implications for bedrock erosion in channels with limited sediment supply 2005 Sklar
Nasrin Erdelyi Thresholds of channel network connectivity, Redwood Creek, Marin County, California 2005 Sklar
Marina Moscorro Relations between surface creep and microseismicity along strike-slip faults in the San Francisco Bay region  2005 Caskey
Leslie Pawlak Uplift and deformation of Late Pleistocene marine terraces across the San Gregorio and San Andreas faults near Bolinas, California 2005 Caskey
Anne Senter Quantitative Monitoring after Hydrologic Restoration in Knuthson Meadow, Sierra Nevada, California 2005 Sklar
Terry McGuire A small unmapped surficial deposit and its paleogeographical implications, Point Reyes, California 2004 Grove
Jody Castle Devil's Slide, A Convergence of Geology and Engineering 2003 Pestrong
Aaron Laubhan Evaluation of tectonic uplift and pale-depositional environments using subsurface sediment logs and coastal exposures on the Bolinas terrace, Point Reyes Peninsula, California 2003 Grove
Mahasringha M. Monroe Late Pleistocene Uplift Along the Seal Cove Fault Using Emergent Marine Terraces, Moss Beach, California 2003 Caskey
Joe Petsche Delineation of Sub-surface Serpentinite Boundaries with the San Francisco Presidio 2003 Caskey
Simon Barber Laboratory procedures and grain size analysis of terrigenous and carbonaceous sediment on the fringing reef of Molokai, Hawaii 2002 Grove
Tandis Bidgoli Determining the style and rate of uplift from Quaternary marine terraces of the Point Reyes Peninsula, California 2002 Grove
Jim Neiss The geochemistry of serpentine soils at Inspiration Point Presidio, San Francisco 2002 LaForce
Anne Marie Scherer Petrology of amphibilites from Willits, eastern Blue Ridge, North Carolina 2002 Bickel
Jennifer Davis Marine terraces near Bolinas, California 2001 Grove
Rianda Levin High-resolution gravity models of subsurface geometry of the San Andreas fault zone near Point Reyes and implications for uplift of the Point Reyes Peninsula, California 2001 Grove
Eric Larson The Mussel Rock Landslide: Geologic Controls and Human Impacts 2000 Pestrong
Obi Nzewi A Hydraulic Analysis of Well Logs in the Merced Formation  2000 Schroth
Nathan Smith Paleoseismic activity of the Stillwater Gap Segment of the Dixie Valley fault: evidence from the tectonic geomorphology of alluvial fans near the Sou Hills, Nevada 2000 Caskey
Doug Wood Determination of the Bioavailability to humans of the metals As, Cr and Pb with respect to soil ingestion 2000 LaForce
Jennifer Barr Continuation of the Serra fault into southwest San Francisco: Constraints on Deformation on the San Francisco Peninsula 1999 Caskey
Margaret Robinson Using Diatoms to Interpret the Paleo-environment of embayment facies within the Merced Formation, San Francisco 1999 White
Neil Doran A study of the depositional environment and parent materials of the late Miocene Santa Margarita Sandstone at Point Reyes, California 1998 Mustart
Andrew Eriksson Stratigraphy and correlation of the Mio-Pliocene units in the western Los Medanos Hills, California 1998 Sullivan
Logan Hansen Glauconitic facies of the Santa Margarita Sandstone at Point Reyes, California 1998 Mustart
Robert Potter Mineralogical Controls on Groundwater Chemistry in the Merced Formation  1998 Schroth
Andrew Smith The Eocene succession at Castle Rock and Rock City, Contra Costa County  1998 Sullivan
Racheal Bailey Subsurface geometry of Quaternary sediments in the San Andreas fault valley, Point Reyes, California 1997 Grove
Joy DiFranza Geomorphological Response of Streams to Tectonism in the Southern San Francisco Bay Region and Santa Clara Valley 1997 Grove
Kevin Doherty Gully erosion in Half Moon Bay and Pacifica: a study of discontinuous gullies in a coastal environment, California 1997 Pestrong
John Domecus The characterization and documentation of the San Jose Arroyo’s northern tributaries, Marin County, California 1997 Pestrong
Jeannine Kessell Geologic framework of the East Bay Plain for groundwater use planning in Hayward, California 1997 Grove
Forrest McFarland Chabot rift zone ultramafics: tectonic implications of K/Ar drived ages of gabbros and basalts 1997 Bickel
Nicole Peirce Compressional tectonics in the San Francisco Bay Area: an analysis of vertical deformation of marine terraces in the Point Reyes region 1997 Grove
Orion Holcomb Differentiating Quaternary sedimentary units near Bolinas, Marin County, California 1996 Grove
Sandra A. Jobe Petrography and paleomagnetism of Core ICPP-COR-A0023 and correlation of a basalt lava flow sequence, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory 1996 Bickel
Kris Larson Fate and transport of leachate constituents and their potential effect on the westside groundwater basin hillside disposal site, Colma, California 1996 Pestrong
Anna Sojourner Analysis of fracture and fault data from the San Andreas fault, Toms Point, Point Reyes, California 1996 Grove
Jason F. Kelley The Tertiary succession in the Keller Canyon landfill with special attention to a turbidite description of the middle Eocene Markley Formation 1995 Sullivan
Carl F. Schaefer Plio-Pleistocene Basaltic Dikes along the Clayton Fault on the Northeastern Flank of Mount Diablo 1995 Sullivan
Rodd A. Dryfoos Age relations of volcanic rocks at Oroville Table Mountain 1994 Mustart
Anne Rosinski Slope stability study of two cut slopes along a portion of Highway 92 in San Mateo County 1994 Pestrong
Mary Anne Brown Fault kinematics on the North Slope of the central Diablo Range 1993 Sullivan
Kevin B. Colson Stratigraphy and structure of the Pleistocene Olema Creek Formation,  Marin County, California 1993 Grove
Carolyn E. Garrison Origin of fluvial terraces near Olema, Marin County, California 1993 Grove
Janet R. Guidetti A Wellhead Protection Study For The San Lorenzo Valley Water District  1993 Pestrong
Matthew Horrigan Fault block tilt due to Basin and Range tectonism in the Inyo Mountains region 1993 Mustart
Laura Pound Diatom dissolution in Japan Sea sediments: Scanning Electron Microscope Evidence of Diatom Frustules 1993 White
David R. Rutledge Detailed structural analysis of the San Andreas fault zone at Toms Point, Tomales Bay, California 1993 Grove
Mark Wirganowicz Structure of a selected part of the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, California 1993 Sullivan
Edgardo Jimenez-Bago Seismic studies in northern Monterey Bay Grove 1992 Grove
Elizabeth E. Rosenberg Stratigraphic analysis of the Pleistocene Millerton Formation, Tomales Bay, California 1992 Grove
Robert H. Abrams New evidence for the age of the Lovejoy Formation at its type locality, Red Clover Creek, northern Sierra Nevada, California 1991 Bickel
Scott A. Braun The tornadic thunderstorm environment in California 1988 Monteverdi