Prospective graduate students are encouraged to visit the Graduate Access Page, MyGAP. Using MyGAP you can create a personalized web page containing information about all SDSU graduate programs that you are interested in. Click on the MyGap image to the left to begin.
Welcome New Students
Thank you for your inquiry concerning graduate studies in the Department. Our program aims to help students develop skills and acquire knowledge necessary for work as leaders in research, professional practice, and teaching in Geoscience
1. Independent research:
We strive to teach students how to define scientific problems, analyze and interpret data, communicate results, and argue in support of conclusions. As in most graduate programs, we emphasize research work as the best means for developing skills of critical thinking and self-motivation.
We strive to offer courses at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels that efficiently communicate state-of-the-art information on topics in Geoscience
Many of our students have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants. We view TA's as apprenticeships in teaching. They provide students with the opportunity to refine their own understanding of Geoscience, and to organize and present coherent explanations.
Our department encourages contact of potential students with possible thesis advisors. Feel free to either contact me or other faculty members regarding possible class-work or research interests.
From a very young age I began to develop a fascination with earth science. In particular, I was intrigued by natural disasters. As I grew older my fascination continued to grow, and after taking a geology class in high school I decided that I would pursue a career studying volcanoes. After graduating high school, I received a B.A. in geology from Humboldt State University, and the following year I came to San Diego State University to work with Dr. Aaron Pietruszka. I have been very lucky throughout my student career and have been able to study various aspects of igneous petrology/volcanology, from experimental petrology and isotope geochemistry to mapping a variety of volcanic terrains. While studying at SDSU, I have had the fortunate opportunity to present my data at multiple scientific conferences, including an oral presentation at the 2008 IAVCEI in Reykjavik, Iceland. I will be graduating this spring (2009) with an M.S. in Geological Sciences, and will be starting my Ph.D. next year at Oregon State University.
Thesis The Recent Prehistoric Geochemical Evolution of Summit Lavas From Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii
In the most general sense, I use isotope ratios along with major and trace element abundances to investigate changes in the composition of what is melting beneath Kilauea Volcano, and how these changes relate to eruption rates in the recent prehistoric times.
Research Interests Volcanology, caldera complexes, hydrovolcanic features, isotope geochemistry, general geochemistry, mantle plumes, ignimbrites, and pretty much everything else associated with explosive volcanic eruptions.
Ph.D. Geosciences (starting Fall 2009) Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
M.S. Geological Sciences (2009) San Diego State University, San Diego, California
B.A. Geology (2007) Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
5500 Campanile Dr • 237 Geology Mathematics and Computer Science Building • San Diego • CA 92182-1020 • (619) 594-5586
If you need assistance, contact Geological Sciences at 619-594-5586, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on campus GMCS-237. Our office hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday