About

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 currently has a job opening for a Visiting Lecturer/Visiting Assistant Professor.  For more details, please view our job advertisement.

Two Miami students named Goldwater Scholars; two honorable mentions.  See the article in today's Miami Matters.

The talks listed below were given my members of the Department at the 2017 Rochester Mineralogical Symposium:

"Crystallinity and texture of natural and synthetic wire silver", Anderson, Calvin J., Rakovan, John, and Luders, V.
"Mineralogical characterization of phosphate accessory minerals throughout the Llallagua Tin Porphry, Bolivia", Betkowski, Wladyslaw and Rakovan, John
"New results and methods in the neutron analysis of large gold specimens from Venezuala", Rakovan, John, Tremsin, A.S., Vogel, S.C. and Nakotte, H.
"Structure and chemical complexities of hydroxylapatite from the Sapo mine, Brazil", Richards, Haleigh, Kelly, S. and Rakovan, John
"Tracing the conflict mineral wolframite through crystal chemistry, structure, and spectra", Ziga, David, Accorsi, G., Hughes, J. and Rakovan, John

Congratulations to Haleigh Richards and Calvin Anderson who were the recipients of the Mandarino Prize for the best undergraduate and graduate student talks respectively!

Congratulations to Wladyslaw Betkowski on the receipt of $600 from the Miami Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Support Program for use on his dissertation research.