Congratulations to Mindy Foster, Tom Cheney, Kellie Davidson, John Leapley, Steve Blaschka, and Brian Haney, P.E., UF 2009. the winners of the 2018 Fishing Tournament!
UF Geology students, faculty, board members, and alumni had a great time at the Gator Geology 3rd Annual Fishing Tournament at Cedar Key on April 28th, 2018. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful day of fishing and delicious food. All proceeds from this event went to support the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Florida.
If you are interested in learning more about our annual fishing tournament please email:
George Foster
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The UF Geological Sciences Department enjoys long-standing, close ties with several universities in Colombia, where a number of our former PhD students are on the faculty.  Several members of our department have conducted field research in Colombia, served on graduate committees at Colombian institutions, and have ongoing in-country projects.  During the first week of December, Mark Brenner taught a short course at the Universidad Quindío (Armenia, Colombia) on use of paleolimnological techniques to address questions about global change.  The one-week short course was integrated into a longer class on climate change and was attended by about 25 Colombian students and faculty members from several Quindío departments.  The final day of the course involved a hike to the Santa Isabel Glacier, in Los Nevados National Park.  The group departed from Armenia at 2:45 AM and headed by bus to the town of Pereira.  There, they transferred to vehicles owned by the trekking firm Montañas Colombianas, and started the long ascent to the “base camp.”  After a hearty breakfast, it was on to the park entrance and the hike to the glacier tongue, which lies at 4725 m (~15,500 feet).  Beautiful and breathtaking!  But the rapid retreat of the glacier is of great concern to the cities and towns that lie at lower altitudes and depend on its meltwaters.

Paul Mueller honored with a special session at the Geological Society of America Meeting in Seattle.
A special session in celebrating of the career contributions of Professor Paul Mueller was a feature of the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Seattle in October.  The session included talks and posters centered on the topic of the origin and evolution of the continental crust.
Paul A. Mueller has made career-long contributions to the study of the genesis and evolution of continental crust. Paul is highly regarded by his peers and the international geochemical research community in general and has remained at the forefront of geochemical and isotopic research through his field and laboratory investigations as well as his continued development of advanced analytical methods and instrumentation for Earth sciences. He is one of the leading experts on the use of Multi-Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometers (MC-ICP-MS) for measuring radiogenic isotopes.  His research has focused on the use of major and trace element geochemistry, and the radiometric systems of U-Pb, Rb-Sr, Hf-Lu, and Sm-Nd in order to improve our understanding of the tectonic and geochemical evolution of the continents.  He has been a principal player in identifying some of the oldest rock units in North America and striving to document their origins and significance in terms of the formation Earth’s early crust and the onset of plate tectonics.  His research has addressed Archean geology of the Wyoming Province, remobilization of this crust in the Paleoproterozoic Great Falls Tectonic Zone, detrital zircon geochronology of the Mesoproterozoic Belt and Uinta Basins, and Phanerozoic history of the assembly of the Appalachian Orogen.   Paul has been a generous scientific collaborator, offering his experience, insights, and use of his laboratory and analytical facilities to colleagues and students for over 40 years.



Rolling Stone published a list of “25 People Shaping the Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More.”  Jeff Goddell, the Rolling Stone writer and author of “The Water Will Come” chose to write about Andrea Dutton because of her work on sea level rise.
Check out the article here:
For more information on Dr. Andrea Dutton’s research check out the below publications
New York Time Article at: ps://
University of Florida article at:

Photos by Joshua Bright for the New York Times.
Photos by Joshua Bright for the New York Times.


David Foster and Ben Goscombe (courtesy faculty member) recently published two large “focus” papers on the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian Damara Orogen in Namibia.   A comprehensive analysis of the structures at the intersection of two major continental-continent collisional, suture zone was published in Geoscience Frontiers (  A review of the metamorphic architecture of the Damara Belt was published in Gondwana Research (,UYEnKBsZ).
These papers are unique in showing that ancient continental collision belts, that led to the formation of large continents like Africa today, developed by the development of fault structures, tectonic burial, rock metamorphism, and uplift similar to what is occurring today in the Himalayan collision zone between India and Asia.  The process forming the modern collision zone is essentially the same that occurred in Africa about 500 million years ago.