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Pete Lippert

What do cycling and rocks have to do with each other?

University of Utah geologists Peter Lippert and Sean Hutchings are helping bring attention to the hidden star of a major sporting event this summer.


From volunteer to co-author: One U student’s dinosaur journey.

Savhannah Carpenter’s route to being the only student listed on the research team credited with finding the world’s newest horned dinosaur didn’t follow a straight line.


Loki’s horned dinosaur wielded a pair of giant blades.

A remarkable, new species of horned, plant-eating dinosaur is being unveiled at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Keith Koper

As the ball turns: Earth’s inner core is ‘backtracking’.

Using seismic data to measure changes in solid core's motion, geologists discover it now turns more slowly relative to surface of Earth.

Chad Ostrander

What the Geologic Record Reveals About How the Oceans Were Oxygenated.

New research led by U geochemist uses thallium isotopes to track the rise and fall of free oxygen on Earth 2.5 billion years ago, the process that enabled life as we know it.

Utah FORGE Site

Breakthrough in Geothermal Energy at Utah FORGE

In $218 million DOE-funded research project, University of Utah scientists aim to make enhanced geothermal a key part of world's energy portfolio.

Coal Mines

Can Coal Mines Be Tapped for Rare Earth Elements?

Research led by the University of Utah has documented elevated concentrations of a key subset of critical minerals, known as rare earth elements, or REEs, in active mines rimming the Uinta coal belt of Colorado and Utah.

Chad Ostrander

Changing Chemistry of the Baltic Sea

Human activities account for a substantial amount — anywhere from 20% to more than 60% — of toxic thallium that has entered the Baltic Sea over the past 80 years...


From Mountains to the Great Salt Lake: The Secrets of Snowmelt

On April 24, 2024, University of Utah hydrologist and biogeochemist Paul Brooks spoke on the topic to a packed room at Alta Ski Area for the Friends of Alta lecture series.

Busy as a Beaver: Utah Forge

Deep in the heart of this rocky area in the western United States, FORGE researchers, scientists, and other professionals are working hard to advance enhanced geothermal systems (EGS)

Courthouse Crack

Sizing up Courthouse Crack

Recently, PhD student Erin Jensen used seismic resonance measurements to characterize the Courthouse Crack

Salt Flats

Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats Has Long Been in Flux

It has been long assumed that Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats was formed as its ancient namesake lake dried up 13,000 years ago. But new research from the University of Utah has gutted that narrative.


New Tyrannosaurus Species

Subtle differences from Tyrannosaurus rex observed in the skull merit recognizing the dinosaur as a separate species called Tyrannosaurus mcraeensis that lived several million years before T. rex

At Work: HyeJeong Kim

“Ocean bottom seismometers are a challenge we have to continue to figure out,” said Kim.


Young Basalt in drill cores from the island of Surtsey, Iceland

"Surtsey is a young oceanic island that grew from the seafloor during 1963–1967" Jackson et al.


Magma Found Beneath Volcano-Less Country

UofU student Santiago Rabade pored over subtle signals picked up by the dense seismometer network set up in February of 2019.

Ancient Sand

Podcast: Can We Bury Modern CO₂ in Utah's Ancient Sand?

It turns out that Utah has some high potential to become a reservoir for captured CO₂, according to UofU Post-Doc Liz Mahon.

Wilkes Lake

New NSF-Funded Initiative for Regional Climate Solutions

University of Utah will be part of a multi-institutional enterprise to confront the climate challenges facing the desert Southwest.


Margaret Call: Pathfinder

“My ultimate ambition, at the moment, is to become some form of researcher,” - Margaret


Last Updated: 7/16/24