CSUB geology department leading the pack
Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — For students at the CSUB geology department, times have never been busier.
While they look at a wide variety of topics, much work is also being done studying things that have an impact on the everyday lives of people right here in the Central Valley.
Following the events in Ridgecrest, one of the obvious is earthquakes.
“How earthquakes have influenced the geomorphology of the valley, of particular areas. How those earthquakes initiate landslides. What’s happened in the past, and what can happen in the future,” Dr. Anthony Rathburn, the chair of department, said.
And the department’s hard work has certainly paid off.
Over the past few months, several geology students have won a series of prestigious scholarships and awards, and even been asked to speak at nationally acclaimed geological events.
For many of the students, it’s the teachers who make the difference.
“What I love is that they’re overly enthusiastic about geology. And that is what I want to learn about. And it just makes the students, and myself, excited,” Toni Ramirez, a graduate student, said.
But as far as Dr. Rathburn is concerned, it’s all just a part of the job.
“We have fantastic potential. And I view it as the department’s job, as my job to bring the potential out in those students to enable them to reach their goals.”