Tectonic, Volcanic and Surface Processes

Our research encompasses a broad range of active tectonic and surface processes that span monitoring volcanic activity using remote sensing and field-based data and modeling the thermal and surface evolution before, during and after eruptions, to examining the interplay between rates of faulting and erosion in actively deforming mountain ranges.  

Planetary Science and Astrobiology 

Research in this area has been a long-standing strength in the Department, and has included a diverse range of topics from the founding of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) Program to theoretical development of light-matter interaction to studies of planetary surfaces using remote sensing and geologic mapping. 

Paleoclimate and Environmental Change

Our research encompasses a broad range of topics, including improving our ability to link climate and hydrology with ecological change, enhancing our understanding of biogeochemical cycling processes within the Earth system, and the co-evolution of these Earth, life, and climate processes through time.

Environmental Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry 

Research in this area focuses on geochemical processes at the interface of Earth and life, including everything from microbial and human activities to ecosystems.

Energy Geosciences

After more than a century of fossil fuel use, new techniques have generated additional interest in exploration and extraction of hydrocarbon resources and their environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about what the current research in this area is focused on.

Hydrologic Processes

Department faculty examine hydrological processes across a wide range of time scales, both re-constructing the paleo-processes from imprints left in soils and lake sediments and deploying extensive modern sensing networks in cities and across across urban and natural landscapes.