The Department of Geosciences pursues fundamental, cutting–edge and strategic research in areas of the geosciences that have great societal impact and educates students for careers that advance the forefront of knowledge in the geosciences. It focus on development and management of natural resources, assessment of natural hazards, understanding of processes that modify the Earth’s surface and how they respond to natural and anthropogenic forces, and investigation of the habitability of Earth and other planets in the past, present and future. View the information below to learn more.
Department of Geosciences - Pushing the Frontiers of Research
An international leader in the geosciences, Penn State University is pushing the frontiers of research. With new instruments and new, cutting-edge techniques, students and researchers are addressing societal relevant problems that will sustain us all into the future.
Carrying a water bottle and a pH meter, Kelly Asselin climbed over a guardrail and headed downslope through burr bushes and high brush to the stream running under the roadway. With these simple tools, the Penn State student is helping scientists develop a clearer picture of water quality in the local watershed.
Researchers have found new evidence that supports the theory that an that an asteroid impact led to the demise of the dinosaurs, painting the clearest picture yet of the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event.