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 Susquehanna River, seen here in Bradford County, runs past thousands of Pennsylvania farms on its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
NSF funds $3 million graduate training program focused on Food-Energy-Water
09/10/2018

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers to create a new graduate program that will train students to find solutions to real-world problems facing Food-Energy-Water (FEW) systems.


The Greenland Ice Sheet contains approximately 2.9 million km3 of ice
$490K grant funds unique Greenland glacier study
09/10/2018

A more comprehensive way to understand the fracturing of Greenland's Helheim Glacier may now be possible thanks to a $489,000 grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation to a team of Penn State researchers to launch a feasibility study.


Researchers said this ancient city in Oman was once surrounded by dense woodland.
Study: Earth's ecosystems face 'major transformation' from climate change
09/05/2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Warming that took place over thousands of years following Earth's last ice age dramatically changed vegetation on much of the planet, according to a new study.


Mike Mann
Mann receives 2018 AGU Climate Communication Prize
09/04/2018

Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences and director of Penn State's Earth System Science Center, is the 2018 recipient of the American Geophysical Union's Climate Communication Prize.


Climate change panel
Panel of climate experts to discuss climate change on Sept. 5
08/30/2018

Penn State will host a panel discussion on climate change topics related to Earth observations, Earth system modeling and policy on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the Freeman Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Panel discussion will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session.