Research Areas

The department offers exciting student and faculty research possibilities in the fields of geomicrobiology and life in extreme environments, geophysics, seismology, mantle dynamics, igneous petrology, volcanology, low-temperature geochemistry, mineral surface geochemistry, mineralogy and crystallography, sedimentology and stratigraphy, tectonics and structural geology, paleoclimatology and geomorphology, hydrogeology and contaminant transport, stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry, paleobiology and paleoecology.

Many of our research areas include Albania, Argentina, Atlantic Coastal Plain, Azores, Bahama Islands, Bolivia, Cascadia, Canada, Canary Islands, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Curacao, Galapagos Islands, Greece, India, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mediterranean region, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Norway, Ohio-Pennsylvania-Indiana-Illinois-Kentuck, Oregon Plateau, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Rio Grande Rift,  Snake River Plain, South Africa, Tibet, Turkey, and in the Rocky Mountains where the department maintains a permanent field station near Dubois, Wyoming.