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.



Professor Capo Recognized as GSA Fellow

Dr. Rosemary Capo, G&ES faculty member and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies for the Dietrich School, was recently honored with a Society Fellowship from the Geological Society of America. Her nomination reads: “Recognized for her high-impact, creative, and technically-demanding research applying solute and isotope chemistry to fundamental and applied problems in geosciences; self-less and successful mentoring of geoscience students and junior faculty; and skilled and dedicated leadership in professional organizations.More information.

Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Ian Flynn!

Ian was selected for the NASA Science Mission Design School. The program is designed to prepare the next generation of scientists for participation and leadership in space science missions. The program is run out of the Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL).  He was also the Graduate Student Grand Prize Winner for the EnerGIS Scholarship. The prize is $2000.  

Graduate student Kristi Dobra awarded DOD SMART Scholarship

Ph.D. student Kristi Dobra was awarded the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides students with full tuition for up to five years, summer internships, a stipend and full-time employment with the Department of Defense after graduation. Ms. Dobra, who has a B.S. in Geology from Temple University and a M.S. in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida, currently works at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh. She plans to focus her research on the environmental geochemistry of Appalachian waterways.