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.


4th Annual AGU Alumni Gathering!

Catch up with alumni, current students, and faculty at the fourth annual AGU alumni gathering this December in Washington, D.C.!

Congratulation to the Graduating Class of 2018!

We are excited to see our graduating class of 2018 head into their new adventures!

Distinguished Alumni Mr. William Zagorski

We were honored to present our 2nd Annual Distinguished Alumni award to Mr. William Zagorski!  Mr. Zagorski is considered “the Father of the Marcellus Shale” for his initial work in applying hydraulic fracturing to the Marcellus, and he has worked in many other basins as well.  Mr. Zagorski received his B.S. in Geology from Pitt in 1979, and his M.S. in 1992 in Geology at Pitt, working with Dr. Tom Anderson. Congratulations to Mr. William Zagorski!

Wiley's first "Impact-a-thon" Winning Team!

Postdoctoral Associate, Dr. Patrick Shirey helped facilitate a workshop on science communication at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting in August. While participating as part of the winning team in Wiley's first "Impact-a-thon" for a $7,500 grant toward improving science communication. His team proposed a project to increase diversity within the fisheries profession through engaging high school students through a pilot project that could be continued on an annual basis, described below and on the blog.