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.


New Committee Members!

The University Sustainability Committee has added two Graduate Student Representatives!

Becky Tisherman is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science working with Dr. Dan Bain.  Becky’s research tackles challenging questions about the impacts of legacy metal contamination on agricultural production.  She is working on the Yunnan, China project, quantifying the contribution of legacy contamination to metal loads to receiving waters.

Marjike Hecht is a PhD student in the School of Education, and was previously the Director of Education for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy  Marijke focuses on environmental education, youth development, and nature.  She worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of educational settings, including teaching middle school math and science in NYC public schools, teaching adults English in Bolivia, and educating community members about local environmental health and stewardship of Pittsburgh's greenspaces.