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

Demian Saffer
New geosciences head hopes to foster new ideas, continue department's success
05/17/2018

If Demian Saffer can make one thing happen in his new role as head of Penn State's Department of Geosciences, it's to provide more ways for the department's faculty, students and staff to pursue innovative endeavors.


Old Main evening
Penn State promotions in academic rank, effective July 1, 2018
05/10/2018

Congratulations to our tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State who recieved promotions in academic rank, effective July 1.


James F. Kasting, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences
Kasting elected to National Academy of Sciences
05/07/2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- James F. Kasting, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences, Penn State, has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.


Fatimah Altarrah, left, and Madeline Nyblade have been named student marshals
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences names spring student marshals
05/01/2018

Fatimah Altarrah has been named the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' student marshal, the top graduate overall, and Madeline Nyblade has been named the college's science honor marshal, the top graduate in a non-engineering discipline. They will be recognized during the college's spring 2018 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday, May 4, in the Pegula Ice Arena.


 Sridhar Anandakrishnan
Thwaites glacier focus of international program
04/30/2018

The National Science Foundation and the United Kingdom's National Environmental Research Council are the forces behind eight new initiatives in Antarctica to determine how quickly a massive glacier could collapse. Penn State is part of two of these projects, GHOST and MELT.