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.

News

Greenland glacier
Novel hypothesis goes underground to predict future of Greenland ice sheet
01/31/2019

The Greenland ice sheet melted a little more easily in the past than it does today because of geological changes, and most of Greenland's ice can be saved from melting if warming is controlled, says a team of Penn State researchers.


Chris Marone
Marone awarded Louis Nèel Medal by European Geosciences Union
01/30/2019

Chris Marone has been selected to receive the European Geosciences Union's 2019 Louis Neel Medal. The medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in rock magnetism, rock physics and geomaterials.


CAUSE trip
Volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis: EMS undergraduates take on tectonics
01/25/2019

Penn State undergraduate students visited Crater Lake and other locations throughout the Pacific Northwest as part of a three-semester research course sponsored by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Center for Advanced Undergraduate Study and Experience (CAUSE).


cores sampling
Ancient climate change triggered warming that lasted thousands of years
01/21/2019

A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years, according to scientists.


Writing Center
Graduate Writing Center celebrates 20th anniversary
01/16/2019

Penn State's Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is celebrating 20 years of service to graduate students this month. Founded in January 1999, it was one of the first writing centers dedicated to graduate-level communication.