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.



Cheryl Hapke (left) receives her distinguished alumni award from dept. chair Josef Werne (right).

Dr. Cheryl Hapke honored as dept. Distinguished Alumni!

Dr. Hapke gave a seminar and received an award honoring her acheivements.

Graduate student Chloe Glover presents her award winning talk, which is shown on screen to her right. A map of geological phenomena of western South America dominates the screen.

Graduate student Chloe Glover honored by American Geophysical Union

Graduate student Chloe Glover (advisor Nadine McQuarrie) was honored with an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for her work at the American Geophysical Union's 2022 fall meeting!

Pitt student Helene Tracey wields a chainsaw, staring into the camera against a flaming background.

Junior Helene Tracey makes history!

Helene made history last summer as a member of one of the National Park Service’s first all-women wildland fire fighting corps!