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:
Climate History and Impacts
Investigating climate archives through time and across geologic settings; quantifying climate impacts on human, terrestrial and cryosphere systems; and developing tools for examining climate conditions and impacts in the past and future.
Faculty: Carli Arendt, Ethan Hyland, Lewis Owen
The process of learning (geo-cognition, teaching strategies), the incentives for learning and the development of learning from freshman to graduate student.
Environmental Geology and Hydrology
Quantifying the flow and composition of ground and surface waters; monitoring and mitigation of environmental contaminants within diverse geologic settings.
Marine Geology and Geophysics
Focusing on the sources and sinks of ocean sediments, coastal hazards, paleoceanography and the formation of ocean basins.
Solid Earth Systems
Investigations into the Earth’s formation and evolution, including studies of regional tectonics, geophysical processes, volcanic systems and economic ore deposits.
Assessment of the processes shaping the terrestrial landscape; use and development of geographical information systems (GIS) for managing land use and change.