"It could forcefully be argued that geology and the broader fields of the earth sciences are the most important sciences for the 21st century, because humanity has only this one planet as a home, and if we render it unsuitable for human habitation, we are all in serious trouble"

In Alvarez and Leitao (2010), Geology 38, 231-234

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UNLV Geoscience Professors and Students in the News

Field Adventures in Paleontology

Asbestos in Southern Nevada

Working with archaeologists in South Africa
Collaborative research between UNLV geologists Eugene Smith, Minghua Ren, Amber Ciravolo, and Racheal Johnsen, and Arizona State University anthropologist Curtis Marean discovers evidence that ash from the eruption of the Toba volcano reached South Africa 74,000 years ago. This discovery has important implications for human origins and climate change models.

The Climate Change Secrets of Stalagmites

Caves In Nevada Could Yield Clues About Current Drought

Faculty Positions Available in the Department of Geoscience

The Department of Geoscience at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in economic geology at the level of assistant/associate professor and a tenure-track faculty position in sedimentary geology at the level of assistant professor.

Click here for more information for the economic geology job description.

Click here for more information for the sedimentary geology job description.

NEW: UNLV College of Science Scholarships

The application for College of Sciences scholarships is now online at: https://unlv.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4VmBdZz1mzY5qeN

For an overview of the scholarship application process, go to:

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Alternative Spring Break (ASB) by Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Friends of Nevada Wilderness will be hosting their 6th annual Alternative Spring Break in partnership with the National Park Service at Lake Mead NRA from Sunday, 3/20 to Thursday, 3/24. The week will focus on outdoor service and adventure. They will do restoration and trailwork in Spirit Mountain and Bridge Canyon Wilderness Areas, learn about our environment from local experts, and camp on the shores of Lake Mohave. There is no cost to participate and no experience necessary. ASB is generously sponsored by Barrick Gold.