Department News

This page is for announcements, opportunities and other topical items related to the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico. Newest items will be at the top (along with the date posted); scroll down to read older items. Outdated items will be removed.

We need News for this page!! What shows up here is what gets submitted, so if you want to see it, send it in. Faculty, staff and students may Email announcements (preferably 75 words or less) to Laura Crossey ( so they can be added. Please indicate in your Email that you want to see it on the web site.

Are you headed to GSA 2016 in Denver this month?

If so, don't miss our alumni reception: we are listed under “Rio Grande Universities Alumni Reception”. The event will be held in the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 4 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM – Monday, September 26. Hope to see you there!

EPS Alumni & Friends Homecoming 2016!

We are gearing up for our Fall 2016 Alumni & Friends Homecoming Event- Thursday September 29 - Saturday Oct. 1. The UNM theme is Howlabaloo- come and celebrated with us! An added bonus is that the Balloon Fiesta immediately follows! Book early for a special fall experience in ABQ! The registration link is above! Click then look for the green 'Registration link' and find our event in the listing! If you have any difficulties, or would prefer help with registration, call EPS Department Administrator Ms. Paula Pascetti at 505 277-1633 or email

401/501 Department Colloquium talks scheduled for Fall 2016

The schedule of speakers for the Fall 2016 weekly colloquium is updated for all of the Fall Semester at the link above.

(Posted 22-August-2016)

Emeritus Professor Cornelus "Kase" Klein passed away in July.

Cornelis (Kase) Klein, Ph.D., age 78, Professor Emeritus, died unexpectedly in his sleep on June 1, 2016. Kase was a noted mineralogist with a long and distinguished career as a scientists and educator. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, former students, and family.

(Posted 01-Aug-2016)

Professor Yemane Asmerom elected as Fellow of the Geochemical Society

Professor Yemane Asmerom was elected as Fellow of the Geochemical Society of America in June, 2016.

(Posted 01-Aug-2016)

Assistant Professor Brandon Schmandt honored with prestigious Donath Medal

The Donath Medal is awarded annually as the Young Scientist Award for Outstanding Achievement by The Geological Society of America (GSA).

(Posted 04-December-2015)

Professor Yemane Asmerom elected as GSA Fellow

Professor Yemane Asmerom was elected as Fellow of the Geological Society of America in October, 2015.

(Posted 04-December-2015)

Are you headed to GSA 2015 in Baltimore next week?

If so, don't miss our alumni reception: we are listed under “Rio Grande Universities Alumni Reception”. The event will be held in Key Ballroom 5 of the Hilton Baltimore from 7:00 – 10:00 PM – Monday, November 2. Hope to see you there!

(Posted 26-October-2015)

Prof. Zach Sharp named as UNM Distinguished Professor in 2015

The rank of Distinguished Professor is the highest faculty title that UNM bestows, awarded to only a few of the most prominent faculty. Individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements, and are nationally and internationally renowned as scholars may be considered for this faculty rank.

(Posted 18-August-2015)

Prof. Karl Karlstrom gives UNM's 60th Annual Research Lecturer in spring 2015

The Research Lecturer is one of the highest honors that UNM bestows on its faculty. The selection is made by the UNM Research Policy Committee and through nominations from peers across the United States and abroad.

(Posted 17-August-2015)

Prof. Brandon Schmandt leads team at Mt. St. Helens

Science News reports on UNM team led by Brandon Schmandt at the link above. The group deployed ~2500 seismometers as part of a literally earth-shaking experiment to better understand the volcano.

(Posted 16-August-2014)

Prof. Tobias Fischer explores the 'dark side' of Earth's carbon cycle

UNM News reports on UNM team led by Tobias Fischer to explore the 'dark side' of Earth's carbon cycle

(Posted 16-August-2014)

Prof. Gary Weissmann named as 2014-15 Honors College Distinguished Fellow at UNM

UNM News reports on professors teaching in the newly-formed UNM Honors College during the 2014-15 academic year. "The Distinguished Fellows program is an initiative funded by the Provost's Office that allows faculty from other departments and disciplines to teach innovative interdisciplinary courses in the Honors College and to participate more generally in the Honors community."

(Posted 15-August-2014)

Prof. David Gutzler named as 2014-15 Teaching Fellow at UNM

Professor David Gutzler is one of nine professors participating as Teaching Fellows during the 2014-15 academic year. The Fellows will "investigate carefully-defined teaching challenges by examining the latest research on teaching and learning in their respective disciplines, and will also be responsible for creating innovation in teaching and evaluating evidence of student learning with their methods. Some of these projects include teaching transferable critical thinking skills and using writing to improve students’ success in learning course content."

(Posted 15-August-2014)

Course Listings are no longer maintained on this website

Because of significant changes in how UNM's Lobo Web and other systems maintain course information for the UNM campus, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will no longer maintain an independent listing of courses on this website. Since the registrar maintains the authoritative listing of courses and the UNM bookstore maintains the listing of required text, we have chose not to continue with a non-authoritative duplicate listing. Please connect to the link above for where you can go to get current course information.

(Updated 24-Aug-2011)

The "Virtual" Meteorite Museum Online

After lots of design and scientific work the online Metorite Museum is now available on our web site. The site has a lot to offer, including: a Virtual Tour of the World of Meteorites and Impacts; a gallery of meteorite images; information about the analytical equipment used to study meteorites; the Meteorites of New Mexico; how to identify a meteorite; and activities for teachers and students to learn about meteorites and impact events. There are even plans for proposed renovations to the on-campus Meteorite Museum that is visited by thousands of folks every year. Click on the link above to start learning about Meteorites.