Earth Sciences Research

To study the materials and forces that shape our planet, the department offers research programs that span the earth sciences.

The following are some of the topics addressed by our research, with relevant links:

Earth History

Faculty: Bill Showers
See Also: NC Natural History Museum

Geoscience Education

The process of learning (geo-cognition, teaching strategies), the incentives for learning and the development of learning from freshman to graduate student. 

Faculty: David McConnell, Karen McNeal, Carrie Thomas
See Also: The Science House

Environmental Geology and Hydrology

Quantifying the flow and composition of ground and surface waters; monitoring and mitigation of environmental contaminants within diverse geologic settings.

Faculty: David Genereux, Bill Showers
See Also: Rivernet

Marine Geology and Geophysics

Focusing on the sources and sinks of ocean sediments, coastal hazards, paleoceanography and the formation of ocean basins.

Faculty: Del Bohnenstiehl, David DeMaster, Lonnie Leithold, Paul Liu, Chris Osburn
See Also: The Center for Marine Sciences and Technology

Solid Earth Systems

Investigations into the Earth’s formation and evolution, including studies of regional tectonics, geophysical processes, volcanic systems and economic ore deposits.

Faculty: Del Bohnenstiehl, Paul Byrne, Ron Fodor, David McConnell
See Also: Tectonic Studies

Surface Processes

Assessment of the processes shaping the terrestrial landscape; use and development of geographical information systems (GIS) for managing land use and change.

Faculty:  Paul ByrneDel Bohnenstiehl, Ron Fodor, Erin HestirDavid McConnell, Helena Mitasova, Karl Wegmann
See Also: Center for Geospatial Analytics