Dr. Alyssa L. Abbey
Assistant Professor, California State University Long Beach
I am interested in exploring Mountain building processes, continental rifting, and the relationships between tectonics and landscape change through the use of thermochronometric, geochronologic, and geochemical tools
Innovation in science communication, accessibility of STEM, and field education for universal skill development
Students interested in doing master's research with me should check out the Geological Sciences Department page for application details
- (September 2023) Thermo2023 was in Riva del Garda Italy! Huge turn-out for our workshop on thermal history modeling in QTQt (co-leads M. Wildman and K. Gallagher), and I was part of an informative panel discussion following up on the white paper published after Thermo2021.
- (August 2023) Honored to host the Mentorship Component of the Gordon Research Seminar on Geochronology as the discussion leader for the session: Professional Development for Early-Career Geoscientists. The GRS was followed by a wonderful GRC on Geochronology!
- (July-August 2023) Productive and exciting field season in the Argentina eastern Precordillera! New Masters' student Vincent Ruiz, joined myself and collaborator Dr. Darryl Granger from Purdue. We are exploring tectonically driven erosion and sedimentation with cosmogenic nuclides and magnetostratigraphy
- (July 2023) As always the Earth Educators Rendezvous was amazing! Wonderful people and workshops. Check out two poster presentations we gave. on research related to developing universal skills in field classes and using student context factors to design new courses (Abbey et al., 2023; Ancayan & Abbey, 2023)
- (June 2023) Fun field season in central Colorado with Dr. Alex Tye from Utah Tech, and CSULB undergraduate student Myia MaGee. We measured stratigraphic sections, made clast counts, took imbrication measurements, and collected samples for thermochronology and detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology analyses.
- (January 2023) Companion paper out for modeling strategies and lessons using QTQt.
- (October 2022) GSA Annual Meeting was a blast. Three under CSULB undergraduates doing research with me presented posters! (Schulman. et al., 2022; Westby et al., 2022; Senesac et al., 2022)
- (August 2022) Check out our new paper focused on modeling methods, choices, and user decisions when using HeFTy for thermal history modeling. Companion paper for QTQt coming soon!
- New White Paper out from the Thermo2021 meeting in Santa Fe last year!
- (March 2022) GSA Joint Cordillera & Rocky Mountain Section meeting! Invited oral presentation on the RGR and CSULB undergrad Spencer Cooper gave his first poster presentation!
- (March 2022) Invited talk at the South Coast Geological Society Meeting
- (February 2022) Published first children's graphic novel about how mountains are made! Check out more details in the Scicomm tab.
- (January 2022) Invited talk on Geochronology for the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois (ESCONI)
- (October 2021) Excited to announce the launch of a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to print a children's graphic novel about how mountains made! Check out the campaign (open through early Dec.) and consider backing it.
- (October 2021) Proud of UCB undergraduate Yueyi Che who worked with me to develop her own research project to understand past glacier dynamics in Yosemite! She is presenting this work at both GSA (oral) and AGU this year
- (September 2021) Happy to have had the opportunity to attend Thermo2021 in person in Santa Fe, NM. This conference is so much fun and such a useful avenue for discussing new and innovative research in thermochronology. Plus I got to run the pre-meeting QTQt Workshop with the help of Mark Wildman and Kerry Gallagher, and presented a poster on our collaborative project with K. Murray and A. Steves Goddard (the HeFTy crew): Navigating the modelling puzzle: Using forward and inverse models to make clear decisions when exploring and interpreting cooling ages in both HeFTy and QTQt.
- (July 2021) Attending the Earth Educators Rendezvous (virtual meeting) was wonderful as always.
- (Jan 2021) Joined the Cal State Long Beach Department of Geological Sciences as an Assistant Professor!
- (Jan 2021) Co-convened the Rift Basins session at the Tectonics Studies Group 50th Anniversary Annual meeting
- Co-convening two sessions at AGU 2020! Combining Multiproxy Data to Resolve Relationships between Tectonics, Climate, and Surficial Processes (with N. Brown, E. Niespolo, L. Corbett) & Techniques and applications of thermal history modeling of low-temperature chronometers (with K. Murray, A. Stevens-Goddard, M. Wildman)
- (Sept 2020) What an amazing experience participating in the Festival of Science & Science Moab Panel: Rethinking Science in the Southwest
- (July 2020) Had a wonderful time and met more amazing people at the Earth Educators Rendezvous Virtual meeting this summer
- (Feb 2020) Formed some great new teaching ideas and activities after participating in Diane Ebert-May's fun and useful workshop: Pathways to Scientific Teaching.
- (Jan 2020) Happy to join the Tectonic Studies Group (TSG) as an Early Career and International Rep. Check out our opportunities including scientific meetings, field trips, awards, funding etc.
- (Jan. 2020) Check out this new article I wrote on behalf of The Biota Project's blog partnership with Science Connected Magazine: Earth's Changing Surface: It Takes Time! .
- (Nov 2019) Spent a productive 2 weeks in France at the Université de Rennes with Kerry Gallagher & Chelsea Willett! Be sure to see what we've been working on at Thermo2020
- (Dec 2019) Check out our new paper in Tectonics! Abbey, A.L. and Niemi, N.A. Perspectives on continental rifting processes from spatiotemporal patterns of faulting and magmatism in the Rio Grande rift, USA
- (AGU 2019) Oral Presentation. Title: Isotopic constraints on fluid-rock interactions associated with the Little Devils Postpile magmatic intrusion, Yosemite National Park, CA
- (AGU 2019) So much fun representing The Biota Project with Micah Miles at our interactive poster. Title: The Biota Project: A Grassroots Approach to Scientific Communication using Multimedia for Engaging Diverse Audiences
- (Aug 2019) Super fun and productive field season in San Juan, Argentina! Thanks Guido Gianni & Aixa Inés Rodríguez for all your help!