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.


Congrats on our 2014 Environmental Studies Graduate Samir Lakhani!

Our 2014 Environmental Studies Graduate Samir Lakhani was named 2017 CNN Hero!

Check out Samir's Eco Soap Bank website.

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Rossi!

Congratulations to Rob Rossi (PhD ’16) who was recently awarded a NatureNet Science Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Nature Conservancy. 

Ph.D. Student Molly O'Beirne is Published in Nature Communications!

Please be sure to read the paper our Ph.D. student Molly O'Beirne has had published in Nature Communications!

Welcome our New Post-Doc Dr. Elliott Arnold!

Elliott graduated with his PhD from the University of Florida in 2017, where he studied the organic geochemistry of lake sediments with Mark Brenner. At the university of Pittsburgh he will be spending part of his time repairing and maintaining the isotopic instrumentation in Joe Werne’s lab, and the rest of his time researching organic biomarkers with Dr. Werne and Dr. Abbott.