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

 The Penn State team that took third place at the international Imperial Barrel Award Competition
Geosciences students again dominate at Imperial Barrel Award Competition
06/15/2018

Penn State students again finished near the top worldwide in the Imperial Barrel Award Competition, which pits more than 100 teams against one another in an exercise to assess the petroleum potential of a given geographic basin.


A Marcellus Shale gas drilling well site near Wellsboro, Pa.
Bradford Co. water quality improves; impacts rare near shale gas wells
06/12/2018

A new study of groundwater in a rural Pennsylvania county shows only rare instances of possible gas contamination amid an overall trend of improving water quality despite heavy Marcellus Shale development.


Open Doors Scholarship Program
EMS academic and alumni leaders create Open Doors Scholarships
06/07/2018

The Kump, Bryja and Schlosser families have stepped up for Penn State students through philanthropy.


Christelle Walthier
Childhood dream to reality: ICS co-hire and volcanologist researches her passion
06/04/2018

Some children fantasize about growing up and being a doctor, police officer, dancer or a big Hollywood star, but Christelle Wauthier had a different career in mind.


Mike Mann
Fighting for science in the era of 'fake news'
06/04/2018

When Michael Mann began his career, he was far more comfortable being in the lab than in the public eye. Over the past 20 years, he's found his voice and used it to stand up for peer-reviewed science amid attacks from corporations, legislators and the media.