Central Washington University offers a Masters program in Geological Sciences that aims to prepare students for professional employment in geoscience careers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond or for continuing graduate studies at the doctoral level. We specialize in active and regional tectonics, structural geology, and geodynamics; climate change, paleoflood studies, and environmental geochemistry; geochronology, petrology, and volcanology; and seismic risk and GPS geodesy.

This program normally leads to employment in consulting firms; in local, state, or federal government resource-based or planning agencies; in teaching at community colleges or at a secondary level; and to serve as a foundation for graduate studies beyond the M.S. level. It is also good high-level technical background for those interested in following related careers, such as environmental law, natural resource management, or teaching at the secondary level. The Department encourages an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach.

This collection features theses from Master of Science Students in the Department of Geological Sciences Graduate Program at Central Washington University.

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Theses from 2018

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ASSESSING THE USE OF TSUNAMI SIMULATIONS AS A TOOL TO PREDICT SOURCE MAGNITUDES AND LOCATIONS OF PALEOEARTHQUAKES IN CHILE, Rebeca Isabel Becerra

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SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL CHARACTERIZATION OF THE PETRIFIED SPRINGS FAULT, CENTRAL WALKER LANE, NEVADA: DOCUMENTING MIDDLE MIOCENE DEXTRAL SLIP, Andrew Hoxey, Jeffrey Lee, and Andrew Calvert

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Tsunami Excitation Estimation from Real-time GNSS, Catherine Jeffries

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Stream water and soil water chemistry after the Table Mountain wildfire, Washington, USA, Vincent J. Roccanova

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Slip Estimation from Real-Time GPS in Cascadia, Jesse Senko

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Quantifying Crustal Assimilation in Historical to Recent (1329-2005) Lavas at Mt. Etna, Italy: Insights from Thermodynamic Modeling, Marie Takach

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Giant Plagioclase in the Steens Basalt, SE Oregon: Cumulate Entrainment Revealed by Textural and In Situ Chemical Analysis, Conner H. Toth

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Quantifying Sedimentation Patterns of Small Watersheds in the Central Oregon Coast Range Using Landslide-Dammed Lakes, Logan Wetherell

Theses from 2017

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Catastrophic Landscape Modification from Massive Landslide Tsunamis: An Example from Taan Fiord, Alaska, Colin Bloom

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Tidal and Structural Controls on Seismic Events Near the Grounding Line at Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica, Jade Cooley

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Surface Offset and Slip Rates for the Winter Rim Fault System in the Summer Lake Basin, Oregon, Jennifer Hall

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Estimating the thickness of an ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) terrane: insights from phase equilibria modelling and Zr-in-rutile thermometry, Dulan area, North Qaidam terrane, China, David Hernández Uribe

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ISOTOPE INVESTIGATION OF NITRATE IN SOILS AND AGRICULTURAL DRAIN WATERS OF THE LOWER YAKIMA VALLEY, WASHINGTON, Dallin Jensen

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USING STRONTIUM ISOTOPES IN CONJUNCTION WITH MAJOR, AND TRACE ELEMENTS TO IDENTIFY WATER/ROCK INTERACTION IN THE UPPER KITTITAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON, James Patterson and Carey Gazis

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Post-wildfire black carbon deposition on the snowpack in the Cascade Range, Washington State: Temporal and spatial variability with implications for accelerated melt, Ted Uecker

Theses from 2016

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DOCUMENTING MANTLE AND CRUSTAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO FLOOD BASALT MAGMATISM VIA COMPUTATIONAL MODELING OF THE STEENS BASALT, SOUTHEAST OREGON, Sylvana J. Bendaña

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Evolution of a Flood Basalt Crustal Magmatic System: In Situ Mineral Data and Computational Modeling of the Steens Basalt, Megan Graubard

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Spatiotemporal Slip Rate Variations Along Surprise Valley Fault in Relation to Pleistocene Pluvial Lakes, Brian N. Marion

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Fluid Release During Eclogite Formation, North Qaidam Terrane, Western China, Jake M. Meyer

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Hazard Identification and Coastal Stratigraphy in Crescent Harbor, Northeast Whidbey Island, Washington, Brian Ostrom

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Investigating Taphonomic Changes of Deposits and Modeling of the 2010 Earthquake and Tsunami in South-Central Chile, Alexandra Carranco Ruiz

Theses from 2015

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Geologic Mapping in the Black Mountain Area, Northern Eastern California Shear Zone: Testing a Kinematic and Geometric Fault Slip Transfer Model, Kevin M. DeLano

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Quantifying Channel Responses to the Removal of the Glines Canyon Dam in the Middle Reach of the Elwha River, Washington, Bryon J. Free MS

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Using MODFLOW to Predict Impacts of Groundwater Pumpage to Instream Flow: Upper Kittitas County, Washington, Zoe O. Futornick

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Field Observations and Modeling of the 1957 Earthquake and Tsunami on the Islands of the Four Mountains, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Frances R. Griswold

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Timing and Source of Alkali Enrichment at Mt. Etna, Sicily: Constraints from Clinopyroxene Geobarometry and In Situ SR Isotope Data, Kaitlyn Nelson

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Rapid Middle to Late Miocene Slip Along the Zanskar Normal Fault, Greater Himalayan Range, NW, India: Constraints from Low-Temperature Thermochronometry, Brett L. Shurtleff