Coast Geological Society

Ventura, California

Please Join CGS on Tuesday May 21st, 2019

Ryan McCarty, Ph.D., University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine, will give his talk titled:

Teaching Modern Geology


 Teaching Modern Geology


In the past 230+ years since James Hutton defined “modern geology,” the Earth’s geologic surface has changed relatively little. In contrast, our understanding of Earth and its geologic processes have seen tremendous development. Today, populations are blooming worldwide, and humanity’s success and quality of life depends on a workforce equipped to tackle the challenging problems found across the geosciences. However, much as geologists of the past held firm in beliefs opposing continental drift, modern geology classrooms hold firm in a format that prepares its students for an outdated version of their career. I will discuss some approaches to engage a wider variety of minds with our 4.6-billion-year story using the supercomputers lurking in everyone’s pocket. I will also provide an overview of some of the emerging technologies that will likely join students in the workplace after they graduate.

Ryan McCarty, Ph.D.


Ryan grew up in Ventura County, attended Moorpark College, interned with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Camarillo, and graduated in 2011 with a BS in geology from California Lutheran University. The Brunton compass he blew his Coast Geologic Society scholarship on pointed him North, where he studied trace element crystallography in a variety of minerals and technological materials such as cement and laser rods at Stanford University.  Following graduate work, he taught for a year as an adjunct geology professor at Saddleback College while working part time building devices for Caltech. Currently, he is University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine, where he uses theoretical chemistry to (try to) understand quantum interactions in minerals and other solids. In addition to research and teaching, the recruitment of diverse perspectives and background into the sciences has been a major and motivating goal.

Check out his website HERE


The monthly CGS meeting is held at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura!

Meeting Schedule:

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Social Hour - Snacks and Beverages 

7:00 - 7:30 PM: Dinner Service

7:30 - 8:00 PM: Announcements & Raffle

8:00 - 9:00 PM:  Main Presentation

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