WSCU Professor Appointed to Editorial Position at International Publication
A Western State Colorado University professor has been appointed to the position of co-editor of a major international publication that helps drive the global conversation about geoscience.
The Geological Society of America appointed WSCU professor Dr. Tim Wawrzyniec to be co-editor of Geosphere, an online journal with an international audience. Dr. Wawrzyniec is a professor in WSCU's well-respected Petroleum Geology program.
Geosphere publishes a diverse range of papers that reflect both traditional and integrated systems science approach from all fields of the geosciences. Along with the four year appointment, Dr. Wawrzyniec will be provided some discretionary funds and equipment to complete the duties of this position.
As Co-Editor of Geosphere, Dr. Wawrzyniec will have the opportunity to set the editorial tone of Geosphere and influence further development in the science through the solicitation and acceptance procedures of managing this important publication. He will choose associate editors and work closely with the other co-editors and the Geological Society of America to ensure a balance of content in the related disciplines and trends in science.
“I am excited about my appointment as co-science editor to this particular journal as Geosphere is an on-line journal, which allows us to easily distribute our content around the globe to a wide range of audiences," Dr. Wawrzyniec says. “As a geologist, I have a broad background in structural geology, tectonics, remote sensing, geologic visualization and analysis, petroleum geology, geophysics, and petrology. Given our diverse content mission, my broad interests are ideally suited to work with my co-science editor to advance the importance of Geosphere in the geologic literature.”
Dr. Wawrzyniec is the Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology and an Assistant Professor of Geology in the Natural and Environmental Sciences Department. The Petroleum Geology Program was initiated in 2002 with a $1 million endowment from WSCU alumnus Paul Rady, CEO of Antero Resources. Another $2.5 million gift from W.A. Tex Moncrief, Jr. in 2005 established the Moncrief Petroleum Geology Program.
The petroleum emphasis has transformed the entire Geology discipline at WSCU. Currently 75% of the graduates in the discipline are either in graduate school or working in the broader petroleum industry. This academic year there are twenty students in the Geology discipline with a Petroleum Geology emphasis and WSCU now has alumni in graduate Petroleum Geology programs at CU Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, and University of Wyoming.
WSCU's Petroleum Geology program is one of less than a dozen in the United States. To learn more about the program, click here.
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