1919 Born May 27, San Rafael, California

1942 B.Sc., Mining Engineering, Univ. of California, Berkeley

1942 Mining Engineer, Christmas Copper Corporation, AZ (through 1945)

1945 Geologist, Shell Oil Company (through 1946)

1951 Ph.D., Geology, Univ. of California, Berkeley; Dissertation: The Geology of the Topaz Lake Quadrangle and the eastern half of the Ebbetts Pass Quadrangle

1951 Assistant Professor of Geology, Univ. of California, Berkeley

1953 Fieldwork in Alaska on Katmai Volcano gives Garniss firsthand experience with a documented eruption that had occured June 6, 1912. This gave him firsthand contact with a major volcanic event and its subsequent depositional processes and patterns. This would form his empirical knowledge base for understanding and interpreting volcanic lanscapes in the Rift.

1954 Primary fieldwork at Katmai continues.

1958 Miller Institute Fellow

1958 Associate Professor, Univ. of California, Berkeley

1960 Miller Institute Fellow

1962 Newcomb Cleveland Award: American Association for the Advancement of Science (1963). Shared with co-author J. F. Evernden for "The Dating of Early Man and His Cultures by the Potassium-Argon Method."

1962 Helicoplacus curtisi, an early Cambrian echinoderm discovered by Roland Gangloff, described by Wyatt Durham and K.E. Kaster in Science, 17 May 1963. The other new species, Helicoplacus gilberti, was named for Garniss' colleague, Charles Gilbert.

1963 American Association for the Advancement of Science

1964 Professor, Univ. of California, Berkeley

1967 -1968: Post-Docs Supervised; Dr. Massimo Nicoletti, Dr. Daniel Krummenacher

1968 -1989: Ph.D Supervised; Donald L. Turner, Robert J. Fleck

1968 -1989: MA/MS Supervised; Neil J. Gilbert, Lawrence T. Osuch

1971 Chair, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics (through 1973)

1971 Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; Charles Bacon

1972 Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; Bruce Marsh

1973 -1984: Ph.D Supervised; Robert Drake

1973 -1984: MA/MS Supervised; Robert Hamilton

1974 -1978: Post-Docs Supervised; Dr. Robert Drake

1974 -1975: MA/MS Supervised; Abdur-Rahim Jaouni

1976 -1987: Ph.D Supervised; Julie Donnelly

1976 -1977: M.A. Orals or Thesis Committee; Joan Fitzpatrick

1977 -1978: Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; Warren Sharp, Brian Wiggins, Al Deino,

1977 -1978: M.A. Orals or Thesis Committee; Gary Jaworski (Engineering), Richard Laws (Paleo), Thure Cerling, Alvaro Tobar. J.R. Wagner, Sidney Niemeyer,

1978 -1979: Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; Kenneth Jackson, Brian Hausback, William Lettis, Donna Marron

1978 -1979: M.A. Orals or Thesis Committee; Donald Lipinski

1979 -1980: MA/MS Supervised; Steven Flexser, Danuta Woloszyn

1979 -1980: Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; Jack Ainsworth, Thomas Bell, William Chavez, Richard Eisenberg, Holly Huyck, Jeffrey Johnson, William Murphy

1980 -1981: Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; David Bice, Toshiaki Hasenaka

1980 -1981: M.A. Orals or Thesis Committee; Barbara Culler

1981 -1982: Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; Daniel G. Kosco, Roberta Moore, Gale Lux, Patrick Fields

1982 -1983: Post-Docs Supervised; Dr. Mu Zhiguo, Robert Drake

1982 -1983: Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; James Irwin, Paul Renne, Barbara Greene (Near Eastern Studies), Joan Harris, Kevin Stewart

1982 -1983: M.A. Orals or Thesis Committee; Mark R. Fahan, Patrick Fields, James Marsh, R. Miki Moore

1983 -1984: Ph.D Supervised; Warren Sharp, Brian Hausback

1983 -1984: MA/MS Supervised; Diane Curtis

1983 -1984: Ph.D. Orals or Dissertation Committee; Steven Reneau

1988 Director of Geochronology, Institute of Human Origins, Berkeley, CA (through 1991)

1989 The Berkeley Citation, University of California

1989 Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

1990 Chair, 8th International Conference on Geochronology, Cosmochronology and Isotope Geology, Berkeley, CA (through 1994)

1991 Senior Scientist, Geochronology Center, Institute of Human Origin, Berkeley, CA (through 1994)

1994 Chair, 8th International Conference on Geochronology, Cosmochronology, and Isotope Geology, ICOG-8

1994 Valley of Kings : Worked with American Research Center of Egypt, Valley of the Kings Restoration Project

1994 Geology, paleontology, and paleomagnetism of rocks associated with Homo erectus finds in Java (cover story Time Magazine, March 14)

1994 Founder, Berkeley Geochronology Center; Senior Geochronologist, Consultant, Board Chair, Berkeley Geochronology Center (through 2002)

1995 Fellow's Medal, California Academy of Sciences

1997 Ph.D. Orals Committee; Henry Gilbert

1998 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

1998 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

1999 President-Elect, Am. Assn. for Advancement of Science, Pacific Division (through 2002)

2000 (&2001) President, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Pacific Division

2001 L. S. B. Leaky Prize for Multidisciplinary Research, The Leakey Foundation

2002 Retiring President, Am. Assn. for Advancement of Science, Pacific Division

2003 Alaska, Katmai National Park with Wes Hildreth and Judy Fierstein to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Garniss' fieldwork

2004 White Sea and North Cape lead by colleague Doris Sloan, a Bear Treks (Cal Alumni) tour

2005 Iceland and Greenland lead by colleague Doris Sloan, a Bear Treks (Cal Alumni) tour

2005 South America (Maya ruins in Mexico, Inca ruins in Peru, wines in Chile and Argentina) designed by Garniss for his friends

2005 South America - Amazon Boat trip with artist Roy de Forest, Oakland Museum trip

2007 Visiting colleagues Carl Swisher, Susan Anton, Brent Turrin at Rutgers, and Nina Jablonski and George Chaplin at Penn State

2007 Idaho with colleague Tom Dutra for AAAS/Pacific Division annual conference and field trip on Snake River Plain geology

2007 Sea Cloud Mediterranean cruise (Malta, Tunisia, Spain)

2008 Canadian Maritimes & Newfoundland lead by colleague Doris Sloan, a Bear Treks (Cal Alumni) tour