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Message From the Chair


Welcome to the Department of Geology and Geophysics Website!

Our students study geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and geological engineering, and our faculty pursues diverse research in these fields on every continent. We are housed in the Frederick A. Sutton Building, which provides a beautiful environment that is conducive to both effective education and cutting-edge research. The department particularly focuses on:

Surface Processes and Environment: hydrologic systems; geosphere-biosphere interactions; paleoclimate; surface processes and sediment transport and deposition; geologic hazards

Earth Resources and Exploration: location, characterization, and modeling of Earth resources, including fossil fuels, mineral deposits, and water, and the geologic systems in which they form

Solid-Earth Processes and Dynamics: petrology and petrogenesis; seismic and electromagnetic imaging including structure and composition of the deep Earth; structural geology and regional tectonics

Geologic Time and Evolution: evolutionary paleobiology and paleoecology; paleoenvironmental reconstruction; chronostratigraphy

Please use this website to investigate further into what we do, and please feel free to contact me or any of our faculty or staff to find out more about us!

 ~ Dr. Thure E. Cerling

Last Updated: 10/10/18