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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

  • Jake Anderson awarded ISGC Graduate Fellowship Congratulations to Jake Anderson, Geophysics PhD student, on being awarded an Idaho Space Grant Graduate Fellowship.  Jake’s research, “Near-vent acoustic monitoring of volcanic explosions,” is being supervised by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson and will involve field work at volcánes Fuego, Guatemala and Tungurahua, Ecuador.
  • Dissertation Defenses Completed Congratulations to Micheal Morrison (Dr. Paul Michaels, advisor) and Esther Babcock (Dr. John Bradford, advisor) for successfully defending their dissertations.  Both students are candidates for the PhD in Geophysics.

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