Each program lists faculty potentially willing to serve as M.S. Thesis advisor. Individual faculty must be contacted directly to confirm availability.


General Geology

  • Vic Camp (Ph.D., 1976 Washington State University) – volcanology, petrology, tectonic control of magmatic systems, geologic mapping in volcanic terrains with an emphasis on the flood basalts and Basin-and-Range volcanic rocks of eastern Oregon
  • Gary Girty (Ph.D., 1983 Columbia University) – processes controlling the compositions of sandstones and argillites, sedimentological and structural origins of Paleozoic/Mesozoic rocks of the western Cordillera
  • Allen Gontz (Ph.D., 2005 University of Maine) – Quaternary environmental change, geoachaeology, stratigraphy, climate, applied shallow Earth geophysics, beached, dunes, rivers, and wetlands
  • David Kimbrough (Ph.D., 1982 UC Santa Barbara) – geochronology, isotope geology, petrology, tectonics
  • Jillian Maloney (Ph.D., 2013 UCSD – Scripps Institute of Oceanography) – Combiming geophysical data including seismic reflection, multibeam bathymetry, and sidescan sonar with sediment analysis to study a number of geologic research topics.



  • Steve Day (Ph.D.,  1977 UC San Diego) – seismology, source dynamics, earthquake strong motion,  explosion seismology]
  • Shuo Ma (Ph.D., 2006 UC Santa Barbara) – earthquake source physics, numeical simulation of earhtquakes source dynamics, wave propagation in complex media, and ground motion estimation. He uses field observations, e.g., ground motion, GPS, seismicity, and off-fault damage, among others to constrain features of his simulations, such as rupture initiation, propagation, and healing.
  • Kim Olsen (Ph.D.,  1994 University of Utah) – seismology, 3-D simulation of wave propagation using  finite differences, strong ground motion and site amplification, earthquake  dynamics, non-linear effects in strong ground motion, parallel and  high-performance computing, visualization and animation.



  • Kathryn Thorbjarnarson (Ph.D., 1990 UCLA) – groundwater and surface water interactions in riparian and estuarine wetlands, nutrient loadings by groundwater to surface waters, laboratory and computer simulations of fate and transport of organic contaminants



  • Tom Rockwell (Ph.D., 1983 UC Santa Barbara) – paleoseismology, tectonic geomorphology, neotectonics, soils stratigraphy, earthquake history of major faults in southern and Baja California, Turkey, Israel, India, Nepal and other exotic areas



  • Stephen Schellenberg (Ph.D., 2000 University of Southern California) – paleobiology and paleoecology of invertebrates and protists, Mesozoic and Cenozoic paleoceanography, applications of isotopic and elemental chemistry to biological, ecological, and environmental research