Brian Romans is the author the popular geoscience blog Clastic Detritus where he writes about topics in the field of sedimentary and marine geology and shares photographs of geologic field work from around the world. He is fascinated by the dynamic processes that shape our planet and the science of reconstructing ancient landscapes preserved in the geologic record. Brian came to the Bay Area in 2003 and completed a Ph.D. in geology at Stanford University in 2008. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, a high school science teacher, and is currently working as a research scientist in the energy industry. Follow him on Twitter.
Brian Romans's Latest Posts
One tool to remind ourselves of what is possible when it comes to 'rare' natural events is science.
The geologic history of the greater Bay Area helps explain the unique geometry of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
El Niño is the nickname of the climate pattern called the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO.
USGS geologists are finding that Gold Rush-induced sediment levels in the San Francisco bay might be diminishing.
San Gregorio State Beach is approximately 40 miles south of San Francisco near the junction of Highway 1 and 84. This beach is one of my favorite spots along the coast between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that occurred a couple weeks ago near Christchurch, New Zealand is yet another reminder for those of us living in the Bay Area about the inevitable seismic danger we face. While many details of the New Zealand earthquake are different than what we face in the Bay Area, there are a few aspects that are comparable.
Not unlike on land, features of the undersea landscape – such as Monterey submarine canyon – have a significant influence on the quantities and diversity of animals.
Point Reyes National Seashore is not only a haven for birds and other wildlife but has a geologic story that is uniquely Californian. Learn about this area in the first in a series of posts highlighting the geology of the Bay Area's scenic landscapes.
Sea-level rise is happening and more than 100 million people could be affected globally over the next century even under somewhat conservative projections.
If you use Highway 24 as part of your daily commute you are already familiar with the Caldecott Tunnel, which connects Orinda and Oakland, but do you know about the geology of the hills through which the tunnel was constructed?
The biggest river restoration project in California's history, however, is now underway for the San Joaquin River.
Why introduce a bill to the state assembly devoted to removing the state rock?