Wired List of Scientist - Ph.D. Student Janine Krippner

Check out Geology and Environmental Science Student Janine Krippner made it on the Wired List of Scientist to Follow!

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.

Pitt Snapshot on Department's Graduate Matt Dieterich!

Pitt's snapshot is highlighting our MS graduate Matt Dieterich!

25 Most Influential Papers Published in JGR-Planets

JGR- Planets is celebrating their 25th anniversary by publishing the 25 most influential papers published in JGR-Planets.  Our Emeritus faculty Dr. Bruce Hapke's paper, Space Weathering from Mercury ro the Asteroid Belt, is on the list!

Department's Soccer Team for the Win!

The Department's soccer team took a win October 24th, 3-1!


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Please be sure to LIKE our Facebook page and connect with fellow geologist and environmentalist!

Earth Science Women's Network Event

The Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences is hosting the annual board meeting of the Earth Science Women’s Network.  Special activities are planned to bring graduate students, faculty, alumni, and regional geoscience departments together with some of the brightest and most engaging leaders in the geoscience discipline.  Join us for celebration of diversity in the geosciences by attending a special talk and networking reception on November 17 from 4-7:30pm in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall (4227 Fifth Ave.).  The talk “Satellite Data to Support Air Quality Policy and Planning” will be given by Dr. Tracey Holloway.  Dr. Holloway is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin and President of the Earth Science Women’s Network.  Anyone interested in the geosciences, environmental science, sustainability are welcome to join.  Any questions, please contact Emily Elliott (  To RSVP to a particular event, please email Jessica Caldwell ( 


Welcome Post-Doc Dr. Sophie B. Lehmann to the Department!

We welcome Dr. Sophie B. Lehmann, Post-Doc, who will be working with Dr. Mark Abbott.

2nd Annual Alumni Gathering

Held at the AGU Conference in San Francisco. View for additional details.

MEXIDRILL: The Basin of Mexico Drilling Program

This project will recover a ~350 m lacustrine sedimentary sequence from the Basin of Mexico, on the southern outskirts of Mexico City. These sediments have the potential to provide a record of North American climate for the past >500,000 years. This unique climate archive could become the "type sequence" for paleoclimate studies in the Americas. The Basin of Mexico is well suited for reconstruction and investigation of interannual through orbital-scale variations in the North American monsoon and hydrologic variations of the neotropics.

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!

Welcome to Dr. Kyle Whittinghill

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science would like to welcome our new Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor Dr. Kyle Whittinghill.