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

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.


Beach erosion
Students navigate real-time coastal hazards in World Campus course
11/07/2017

As regions across the Atlantic Ocean were bracing for a recent string of hurricanes, real-time lessons were being explored around the globe in a class taught through Penn State World Campus in partnership with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' John A. Dutton e-Education Institute.


Penn State's Millennium Scholars program was designed to increase diversity in STEM fields.
Millennium Scholars: Helping Increase Diversity in STEM Fields
11/06/2017

Penn State's Millennium Scholars program was designed to increase diversity in STEM fields. The highly selective program provides training to high-achieving, high-performing undergraduate students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. and who have committed to increasing diversity throughout their careers.


Maggie Kuzemchak
Student gets inside view of geosciences as Badlands National Park intern
10/25/2017

When looking for a summer internship, Maggie Kuzemchak searched for a program that would allow her to combine her desire to travel with her academic interests in Earth science. It was for these reasons that she decided to apply to the Geoscientists in the Parks program 


Anna Whitaker
EMS undergraduate uncovers over 300 fossils at local site during summer research
10/24/2017

While exploring for fossils with her father in the State College area in 2014, Penn State geobiology major Anna Whitaker discovered a fossil of a prehistoric starfish. The Whitakers brought the excavated fossil to the University to be analyzed. Mark Patzkowsky, professor of geosciences, identified the starfish as an ophiuroid, labelling it the first of its kind to be discovered in Centre County.