Research Areas
Our research falls under the general category of Earth System Science, which involves the interaction between the atmosphere, cryosphere/hydrosphere, biosphere and geosphere, transcending disciplinary boundaries (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and geology) to treat the Earth as an integrated system. We seek to understand the chemical, biological, physical and anthropogenic processes that have shaped past, current and future states of the Earth. Specifically, faculty research in the Department of Geological Sciences mostly falls into four main areas of interest: Geochemistry-Mineralogy, Geophysics, Sedimentary Geology and Paleontology, and Environmental Geoscience.

Topics within the area of Geochemistry-Mineralogy include:

  • Petrogenesis
  • Trace element geochemistry
  • Radiogenic isotope geochemistry
  • Stable isotope geochemistry
  • Mineral deposits
  • Elemental and isotopic tracer studies
  • Crystallography
  • Mineralogy
  • Environmental Mineralogy
  • Tectonics

Topics within the area of Geophysics include:

  • Magnetotellurics
  • Environmental and archeological geophysics
  • Electromagnetic geophysics
  • Seismic imaging of the lithosphere
  • Teleseismic methods
  • Seismic tomography

Topics within the area of Sedimentary Geology and Paleontology include:

  • Stratigraphy
  • Sedimentology and diagenesis
  • Sedimentary petrology and geochemistry
  • Limnogeology
  • Petroleum geology
  • Invertebrate paleontology
  • Paleobiology and paleoecology

Topics within the area of Environmental Geoscience include:

  • Arctic and ocean chemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Aqueous and environmental chemistry
  • Environmental geomorphology
  • Environmental monitoring and modeling
  • Element cycling in aqueous, atmospheric, and terrestrial systems
  • Hydrogeology
  • Hydrology and wetlands