Department of Geological Sciences
Assistant Professor, Geology
Office/Lab: SDSU Main Campus, GMCS 116-117
Phone: 619-594-6394 (lab)
Dr. Jillian Maloney joined the SDSU faculty in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Her research seeks to understand tectonics and sediment processes on and beneath the seafloor. In particular, she investigates submarine earthquakes and landslides, which can present hazards to human life and infrastructure. She is also interested in the geologic aspects of ecosystems and how geology can impact seafloor habitats, which is important for ecosystem risk assessment and preservation. Jillian received her B.S. from the University of Southern California and her Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to arriving at SDSU, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University, studying seafloor landslides on the subaqueous Mississippi River Delta.
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.
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