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

Poster of the WPSU documentary "Managing Risk in a Changing Climate"
Premiere of 'Managing Risk in a Changing Climate,' panel talk set for April 18
04/07/2017

The new WPSU documentary "Managing Risk in a Changing Climate" will premiere during Earth Week at 7 p.m. April 18 followed by a panel discussion at the State Theatre in downtown State College.


Andy Nyblade
Nyblade recognized with 2017 President’s Award for academic integration
04/04/2017

Andrew Nyblade, professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been awarded the 2017 President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.


Plaques for Penn State's 2017 faculty and staff awards.
Penn State announces 2017 faculty and staff awards
04/04/2017

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. The faculty and staff awards ceremony is Wednesday, April 19.


Jet stream
Extreme weather events linked to climate change impact on the jet stream
03/27/2017

Unprecedented summer warmth and flooding, forest fires, drought and torrential rain -- extreme weather events are occurring more and more often, but now an international team of climate scientists has found a connection between many extreme weather events and the impact climate change is having on the jet stream.


Andrew Smye
Smye to receive President’s Medal from Geological Society
03/26/2017

Andrew Smye, assistant professor of geosciences at Penn State, has been recognized by the Geological Society of London for his early career accomplishments.