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 lava lake in Santiago crater, Masaya volcano, Nicaragua on November 20, 2017.
Wider coverage of satellite data better detects magma supply to volcanoes
03/28/2018

Using satellite imaging, Penn State researchers for the first time identified a major magma supply into a reservoir extending almost 2 miles from the crater of a volcano in Nicaragua.


EMS graduate students
41 graduate students earn awards at 33rd annual Graduate Exhibition
03/27/2018

Forty-one graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 33rd annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 23 and 25 on Penn State's University Park campus. A complete list of winners is available below.


CO2 sequestration
$2.5M grant funds real-time monitoring of underground carbon sequestration
03/14/2018

Researchers from Penn State, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the University of Texas at Austin are partnering on a new $2.5-million project to illuminate what happens to carbon dioxide during underground sequestration. 


Illustration showing subduction zone, region of slow slip, and planned drillholes for coring and observatory sensors.
Researchers embark on first-ever slow earthquake drilling mission
03/08/2018

This March and April, an international team of researchers will install monitoring equipment inside an active fault zone off the coast of New Zealand, in the Ring of Fire, in the first-ever scientific drilling mission specifically designed to study slow earthquakes.


 Kill zones such as the one at the Upper Red Eyes acid mine drainage spring in Somerset County, Pa., decimate plant lif
Researchers team up to tackle state’s acid mine drainage problem
02/21/2018

As Penn State researchers stood on the banks of Scalp Level Run, an acid mine drainage-polluted stream in Cambria County, a scientific question formed: How is nature removing toxic metals from the drainage at a rate faster than any other tested waters in the state, under pH conditions deemed too low to do so?