About the Department

Our undergraduate and graduate students gain a strong foundation across the geosciences. Areas of specialization may include environmental and isotope geochemistry, applied geophysics and tectonics, paleoclimatology, planetary science, remote sensing and GIS, volcanology, and human-environmental interactions.


Visiting Assistant Professor

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a full-time visiting assistant professor position beginning in the Fall of 2016. 

Welcome Our New Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Thomas!

Dr. Brian Thomas will be joining our department as an Assistant Professor in Geoscience and Water Sustainability.  Please help us in making him feel welcome!

Congratulations to our Ph.D. Graduate Dr. Lucy Rose!

Dr. Lucy Rose has been chosen to represent the University of Pittsburgh in the Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering category of the 2016 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Our Ph.D. Students Janine Krippner and Damara Strong to Speak at Phipps Conservatory!

Science Communication Fellows Damara Strong and Janine Krippner to present at the Phipps Conservatory BioBlitz Festival

On Sun., June 5, our first-ever BioBlitz festival will bring together volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers and community members to conduct a biological survey of all of the living species in a given area. This important new form of citizen science aids the documentation of regional biodiversity and allows scientists to learn more about the environment and how we can support its conservation. By participating, you'll witness firsthand the amazing biodiversity right here in our local parks, participate in real-time science, create unique art, browse local vendors' products and goods, engage with interactive exhibits, enjoy live music and much more! This event is free to the public and no advance registration is required.