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

Lee Kump, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Academic excellence, service, and leadership of EMS faculty, students celebrated
04/19/2018

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) celebrated exceptional students and faculty for their academic excellence, service and leadership during its annual Wilson Awards Banquet held Sunday, April 15. The awards banquet is the college's annual celebration of faculty and student accomplishments and is named in honor of Matthew and Anne Wilson, major benefactors of the college.


Fossilized seashell
Ask a Scientist, visual displays, educational trails set for Earth Day event
04/19/2018

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), in keeping with its roots, is rolling out the green carpet for those interested in celebrating the planet with various Earth Day events this Sunday, April 22. 


Muammar Mansor in Italy’s Frasassi Cave
Deep Italian cave provides clues for how to detect life on Mars
04/17/2018

What can a massive cave in Italy tell us about life on Mars and other planets? According to new research by Penn State scientists, a whole lot. In work published in Astrobiology, Penn State researchers identified biosignatures -- or signs of the presence of life -- about 1,300 feet below ground in the Frasassi Caves in central Italy.


Mangroves in the Everglades National Park tidal wetlands.
One-fifth of carbon entering coastal waters of eastern North America is buried
04/11/2018

Coastal waters play an important role in the carbon cycle by transferring carbon to the open ocean or burying it in wetland soils and ocean sediments, a new study shows.


Kalle Jahn, geosciences graduate student
Earth and mineral sciences grad students lauded at annual research exhibition
04/06/2018

Batteries, earthquakes, Earth science modeling, water flow and natural gas leakage -- these are the research topics of the five graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences who received honors in Penn State's 33rd annual Research Exhibition.