Department of Geosciences

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.


Arts Fest - 2019
'Art of Discovery' booth combines science and art at this year’s Arts Fest

From Thursday, July 11, through Saturday, July 13, Penn State's Art of Discovery booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will feature free, hands-on activities and demonstrations including EMS.

The Laguna del Hunco fossil site in Chubut, Patagonian Argentina.
Argentine fossils take oak and beech family history far into Southern Hemisphere

One of the world's most important plant families has a history extending much farther south than any live or fossil specimen previously recorded, as shown by chinquapin fruit and leaf fossils unearthed in Patagonia, Argentina, according to researchers.

An aerial view of the excavation site with sedimentary layers containing artifacts and bones, which were part of the study.
Earliest flaked-stone tools found in Ethiopia

The origin of flaked-stone tool production is older than 2.58 million years ago, according to an international team of scientists working at the Bokol Dora 1 archaeological site in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Previously the oldest evidence of flaked-stone tools was younger than 2.58 million years ago.

A Penn State researcher will discuss his research on how ecosystems recovered after the asteroid that hit 66 million years ago.
Researcher to discuss how life recovered after ancient asteroid impact

Bacteria may be the key to understanding how life survived after the mass extinction that killed the dinosaurs.

Penn State students hike a glacier in Iceland as part of the GREEN Program.
Participation in the GREEN Program inspires EMS students to become ambassadors

Before studying abroad through the GREEN Program, Jacob Kaminski didn't have a clear vision of how he could address sustainability challenges around the world. But his study abroad trips to Iceland and Japan radically expanded his perspective.