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.


Congratulations to our student Hannah Kempf who has been awarded one of nine Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to Miami University's intellectual environment.  The recipients were selected based on nominations from Miami faculty.  The award is given annually to students who have completed their third year at Miami and achieved an outstanding record of academic excellent.  Hannah was award a $1000 scholarship and a certificate of recognition.  Way to go Hannah!