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

Penn State graduate student Kiya Riverman looks down a shaft into a cave inside a glacier in Norway's Svalbard region.
Some like it cold
11/15/2017

Scientists at Penn State go to the ends of the Earth to find out what makes glaciers tick.


Alumnus Enrique Perez chats with a student
Inspired by support he received, alumnus pays it forward
11/14/2017

Penn State geosciences alumnus Enrique Perez received tremendous financial support and advice throughout his life, which paved the way for career success. Now, he's giving back in many ways to provide similar opportunities to other students.


Penn State geosciences alumnus Enrique Perez received tremendous financial support and advice throughout his life.
Enrique Perez - Why I Give Back
11/14/2017

Penn State geosciences alumnus Enrique Perez received tremendous financial support and advice throughout his life, which paved the way for career success. Now, he's giving back in many ways to provide similar opportunities to other students. 


Volunteers collecting water quality samples in the Allegheny National Forest for Snapshot day pause to find another test site.
Snapshot Day brings Pennsylvania water quality into focus
11/10/2017

Volunteers collected water samples in October as part of the annual Snapshot Day, a event organized by Penn State researchers and Trout Unlimited to help us better understand baseline water quality in Pennsylvania.


Andrew Smye, assistant professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Smye named Slingerland Early Career Professor in Geosciences
11/09/2017

In recognition of his early career achievements in teaching, research and service, Andrew Smye, assistant professor of geosciences in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, has been named the Rudy L. Slingerland Early Career Professor of Geosciences.