Miami 's Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science is located in Shideler Hall. It consists of 13 faculty members, three technical staff members, two support staff members, 125 undergraduate majors and 37 graduate students. The undergraduate and graduate curricula offer many classroom and field opportunities for majors and non-majors, including our summer field program at our Field Station in Dubois, Wyoming.

The Department maintains active research programs in geomicrobiology, geomorphology, hydrogeology, igneous petrology, isotope geochemistry, low-temperature geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy and crystallography, mineral surface geochemistry, paleobiology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, structural geology, tectonics, and volcanology.

The Department occupies approximately 19,000 square feet of space in Shideler Hall, a three-story building shared with the Department of Geography. Shideler Hall houses research laboratories for the investigation of a variety of earth materials and processes. Many of these laboratories support material preparation and analysis using departmental instrumentation. For a list research facilities available click here.

The department will be hosting The Bearded Lady Project with Ellen Currano on Thursday, March 29 beginning at 5:15 PM.  The event is free and open to the public.


Masters student Lonnie Flett was recently featured in an article published in Culture5.  The article is entitled, "Pollutant research hits home".  Please see the full article here.

Undergraduate student, Teresa Langenkamp (Class of 2019), was recently interviewed for the College of Arts and Science Student Spotlight.  Read the entire article about Teresa on the College of Arts and Science website.


We are very saddened to report that the widow of former emeritus professor, Roy Reinhart, has passed away.  Betty was 98 years young and had a very active live.  You can read Betty's obituary here.