Welcome to the Department of Geosciences!
We hope that you take the time to browse our web site and see the dynamic and exciting work being done by our faculty, staff, and students. The Department of Geosciences is a community of over 20 faculty and research staff who engage with over 150 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students, and is home to two doctoral programs, four masters programs, and three undergraduate degree programs. The Department’s goal is to integrate our global laboratory into our curriculum and to engage our students in a rich and productive educational experience. Undergraduate engagement in research is more the rule than the exception!
Our research seeks not only to advance understanding of the surface, near surface, and deep Earth environments, but also to produce science that addresses societally relevant problems such as climate change, human-environment interactions, alternative energy sources, and basic materials. Our students learn to approach research problems with creativity and critical thinking. We especially welcome prospective students who may be interested in joining our community, and we urge you to contact directly those faculty whose work is of most interest to you, as well as visit pages where you’ll find more information about Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Degrees.
David Wilkins, Department Chair
News & Announcements
- New MS and PhDs! Congratulations to Clinton Colwell and Andy Lamb. On July 11, Clint successfully defended his MS Geophysics thesis – “Integrated Geophysical Exploration of a Known Geothermal Resource: Neal Hot Springs“ – and Andy defended his PhD Geophysics dissertation – “Geophysical Investigations of the Seattle Fault Zone in Western Washington and a Geothermal System at Mt. Princeton, ...
- Dr. Matt Kohn – Distinguished Lecture -Congratulations to Dr. Kohn who recently completed a lecture tour of New England and the British Isles. If you want, the Geological Society of London has posted his lecture to them – “Making the Himalaya: oozing, squashing, or sliding?” – on Youtube.
- Geosciences Faculty News Dr. Mark Schmitz co-edited (and co-authored a paper in) a special version of Elements that celebrates the 100th anniversary (what’s the standard error on that age, Mark?) of isotope geochronology. Dr. Matthew Kohn co-authored a paper in Nature Communications on the evolution of high-crowned cheek teeth (hypsodonty) and establishment of grasslands in the Eocene.