Water & The Environment (Geology 305): The first half of class focuses on scientific concepts and theories related to water systems. We then use our understanding of the science to study local and global water issues. The course begins with the origin, distribution, and properties of water on earth. We then cover hydrologic cycling and storage of water including processes of the atmosphere, rivers, lakes, oceans, glaciers, and groundwater. The second half of the semester focuses on human uses of water and problems caused by use of water resources. We then investigate global and local issues by examining case studies with a particular focus on California water landscape and management.
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy (Geology 336): In this course students learn how to think like a geoscientist by making careful observations of sediments and sedimentary rocks and detailed interpretations including about the environment in which they formed. We cover the properties of sediments, how sediment is transported and deposited, the structures and textures of sediment deposits, and the characteristics of sedimentary rocks formed in different environments.
Seismic Interpretation and 3D Visualization (Geology 580): Students learn the basics of seismic data collection and processing, with an emphasis on understanding how the end product is affected by methodology. Students have hands-on experience working with a seismic dataset to practice interpretation of data based on principals of seismic and sequence stratigraphy. This course also covers the wide range of applications of seismic data.
Bentley, S.J., M.D. Blum, J.M. Maloney, L. Pond, and R. Paulsell, 2016, The Mississippi River Source to Sink System: Perspectives on Tectonic, Climatic, and Anthropogenic Influences, Miocene to Anthropocene, Earth Science Reviews, v. 153, p. 139-174, doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2015.11.001
Keller, G., Bentley, S., Georgiou, I., Maloney, J., Miner, M., and Xu, K., 2016, River-plume sedimentation and Pb/Be seabed delivery on the Mississippi River delta front, Geo-Marine Letters, doi: 10.1007/s00367-016-0476-0
Kent, G., Schmauder, G., Maloney, J., Driscoll, N., Kell, A., Smith, K. Baskin, R., and Seitz, G., 2016, Reevaluating late-Pleistocene and Holocene active faults in the Tahoe Basin, California-Nevada, AEG Special Publication 26: Applied Geology in California, eds. Anderson, R. and Ferriz, H., p. 833-858.
Maloney, J.M., Driscoll, N.W., Kent, G.M., Duke, S., Freeman, T., and Bormann, J., 2016, Segmentation and step-overs along strike-slip fault systems in the inner California borderlands: Implications for fault architecture and basin formation, AEG Special Publication 26: Applied Geology in California, eds. Anderson, R. and Ferriz, H., p. 655-677.
Noble, P.J., Ball, G.I., Zimmerman, S.H., Maloney, J.M., Smith, S.B., Kent, G., Adams, K.D., Karlin, R.E., Driscoll, N.W., 2016, Holocene paleoclimate history of Fallen Leaf Lake, CA, from geochemistry and sedimentology of well-dated sediment cores, Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 131, part A, p. 193-210, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.037
Sievers, K.T., R.J. Barr, J.M. Maloney, N.W. Driscoll, T.W. Anderson, 2016, Impact of Habitat Structure on Fish Populations in Kelp Forests at a Seascape Scale, Marine Ecology Progress Series, v. 557, p. 51-63, doi: 10.3354/meps11885
Grupe, B.M., Krach, M.L., Pasulka, A.L., Maloney, J.M., Levin, L.A., Frieder, C.A., 2015, Methane seeps ecosystem functions and services from a recently discovered California seep, Marine Ecology, v. 36, no. S1, p. 91-108, doi: 10.1111/maec.12243
Maloney, J.M., Grupe, B.M., Pasulka, A.L., Frieder, C.A., Levin, L.A., Dawson, K., Case, D., and Driscoll, N.W., 2015, Transpressional segment boundaries in strike-slip fault systems offshore southern California: Implications for fluid expulsion and seep habitats: Geophysical Research Letters, v. 42, no. 10, p. 4080-4088, doi: 10.1002/2015GL063778
Dong, S., Ucarkus, G., Wesnousky, S.G., Maloney, J., Kent, G., Driscoll, N., and Baskin, R., 2013, Strike-slip faulting along the Wassuk Range of the northern Walker Lane, Nevada. Geosphere, v. 10, no. 1, p. 40-48, doi: 10.1130/GES00912.1
Maloney, J.M., et al., 2013, Paleoseismic history of the Fallen Leaf Segment of the West-Tahoe Fault reconstructed from slide deposits in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California-Nevada. Geosphere, v. 9, no. 4 p. 1065-1090, doi: 10.1130/GES00877.1
Alexander Laws (M.S.)
Thesis topic: Channel Islands coastal evolution since the Last Glacial Maximum
Eui-jo Marquez (M.S.)
Thesis topic: Combined onshore & offshore paleoseismology of the Rose Canyon fault zone
Drake Singleton (Ph.D.)
Dissertation topic: Fault segmentation and paleoseismology in southern California
Zain Tahir (M.S.)
Thesis topic: Fault controlled paleochannels and their evolution during sea level transgression
Luke Weisman (M.S.)
Thesis topic: San Diego stratigraphy and paleoshorelines: Applications for paleoseismic history and slip rate along the Rose Canyon fault zone