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.


In Remembrance of Department of Geology and Environmental Science Emeritus Faculty Dr. Bud Rollins

It is with great sadness that we report that Professor Emeritus Harold “Bud” Rollins passed away on January 9, 2017.  His death follows that of his wife, Jude, in 2015.  Bud was a highly valued and much-revered member of the Department of Geology and Planetary Science from the time he joined it in 1969 until his retirement in 2003, and will be missed deeply by all who knew him.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Bain!

Dr .Daniel Bain won the Pitt Sustainability Awards program in the faculty category!

Welcome Post-Doc Dr. Maria Garcia to the Department!

Please help us welcome Dr. Mark Abbott's Post-Doc Dr. Maria Garcia!

Congratulations to our Mellon Fellowship Awardees!

The department would like to congratulate Zhongjie Yu, Angela Chung, Suryodoy Ghoshal, and Ben Hedin on receiving the 2017-2018 Mellon Fellowships!