Earth Science Women's Network Event

The Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences is hosting the annual board meeting of the Earth Science Women’s Network.  Special activities are planned to bring graduate students, faculty, alumni, and regional geoscience departments together with some of the brightest and most engaging leaders in the geoscience discipline.  Join us for celebration of diversity in the geosciences by attending a special talk and networking reception on November 17 from 4-7:30pm in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall (4227 Fifth Ave.).  The talk “Satellite Data to Support Air Quality Policy and Planning” will be given by Dr. Tracey Holloway.  Dr. Holloway is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin and President of the Earth Science Women’s Network.  Anyone interested in the geosciences, environmental science, sustainability are welcome to join.  Any questions, please contact Emily Elliott (  To RSVP to a particular event, please email Jessica Caldwell ( 


Welcome Post-Doc Dr. Sophie B. Lehmann to the Department!

We welcome Dr. Sophie B. Lehmann, Post-Doc, who will be working with Dr. Mark Abbott.

2nd Annual Alumni Gathering

Held at the AGU Conference in San Francisco. View for additional details.

MEXIDRILL: The Basin of Mexico Drilling Program

This project will recover a ~350 m lacustrine sedimentary sequence from the Basin of Mexico, on the southern outskirts of Mexico City. These sediments have the potential to provide a record of North American climate for the past >500,000 years. This unique climate archive could become the "type sequence" for paleoclimate studies in the Americas. The Basin of Mexico is well suited for reconstruction and investigation of interannual through orbital-scale variations in the North American monsoon and hydrologic variations of the neotropics.

Welcome Our New Assistant Professor Dr. Brian Thomas!

Dr. Brian Thomas will be joining our department as an Assistant Professor in Geoscience and Water Sustainability.  Please help us in making him feel welcome!

Welcome to Dr. Kyle Whittinghill

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science would like to welcome our new Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor Dr. Kyle Whittinghill.

Congratulations to our Post-Doc Dr. Paul Eizenhöfer!

Dr. Eizenhöfer was awarded the Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student Award from the University of Hong Kong!

New Professor to Join Department of Geology and Environmental Science

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science would like to welcome our new Professor, Dr. Eitan Shelef!

Welcome Environmental Studies Lecturer Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown

Dr. Danielle Andrews-Brown will be starting as the Environmental Studies Lecturer this Spring 2017.

Welcome Our Newest Staff Member, Jessica Caldwell

Hello my name is Jessica Caldwell. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration. I am really looking forward to working here at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Congratulations to our Ph.D. Graduate Dr. Lucy Rose!

Dr. Lucy Rose has been chosen to represent the University of Pittsburgh in the Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering category of the 2016 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award.

Our Ph.D. Students Janine Krippner and Damara Strong to Speak at Phipps Conservatory!

Science Communication Fellows Damara Strong and Janine Krippner to present at the Phipps Conservatory BioBlitz Festival

On Sun., June 5, our first-ever BioBlitz festival will bring together volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers and community members to conduct a biological survey of all of the living species in a given area. This important new form of citizen science aids the documentation of regional biodiversity and allows scientists to learn more about the environment and how we can support its conservation. By participating, you'll witness firsthand the amazing biodiversity right here in our local parks, participate in real-time science, create unique art, browse local vendors' products and goods, engage with interactive exhibits, enjoy live music and much more! This event is free to the public and no advance registration is required.

Dr. Emily Elliott to Speak The Air We Breathe: The State of Pollution Research in Pittsburgh

The Science & Engineering Ambassadors Program and Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center

Invite you to:  The Air We Breathe: The State of Pollution Research in Pittsburgh