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

Wilf named Paleontological Society Fellow for commitment to research, students
01/18/2018

In graduate school Peter Wilf published his first paper in the journal Paleobiology. So, the geosciences professor said being named a Fellow of the Paleontological Society, which publishes the journal, was an extra special honor.


Drones let researchers monitor changes in volcanoes, plan virtual field trip
Drones let researchers monitor changes in volcanoes, plan virtual field trip
01/12/2018

Penn State geosciences researchers are investigating an active volcano that could pose a hazard to millions of people in Nicaragua. Masaya volcano is located in an active volcanic and seismic zone and is nearby Managua, Nicaragua's capital. The researchers are using many methods, including drones, to study how the volcano and surrounding earth are changing over time. The drones are able to capture high-quality video footage and travel to places inaccessible to humans. 


Don Voigt
A Career on Ice
01/03/2018

Long-time research associate for Penn State's Ice and Climate Exploration group looks back on a career spent in Antarctica running field research operations, navigating extreme weather conditions and finding beauty in remote territory.


Penn State names Schlumberger 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year
Penn State names Schlumberger 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year
11/28/2017

Penn State honored oilfield services leader Schlumberger as its 2017 Corporate Partner of the Year.


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.