The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Geosciences participate in diverse, cross-disciplinary research projects. This research enhances the reputation of our programs, improves the quality of our teaching, and it contributes to progress and understanding of the world around us. Our success in research also aids the university's ability to lead through community outreach, professional service, and civic engagement. Most of our research falls under one of the following spheres of scientific inquiry and social relevance:
Coastal and Marine Processes
Invasive plant species, microbial communities, hurricane impacts, aquatic habitat, sediment transport, and cave formation on carbonate islands are all examples of how the ever-important land-ocean boundary drives diverse research projects.
Earth System Processes & Geospatial Modeling
All Geosciences topics are somehow related to the collective system of our planet's dynamic nature, and we also work towards better understanding and representation of the social interactions and physical dynamics of earth.
Petroleum exploration and extraction methods, alternative biofuel feasibility, wind climatology, and more. The Geosciences are ripe with opportunities to identify sustainable energy while increasing efficiency of existing sources.
Global policy is increasingly influenced by potential consequences of growing populations and a changing planet, so citizens must understand the geosciences.
From earthquakes to tornadoes and wildfires to infectious diseases, the Department of Geosciences studies various ways to prepare for, prevent, and mitigate disasters and hazards.
Whether it is impacts of our progress on the landscape or effects of a changing climate upon human health, this clash is inevitable and ubiquitous. Understanding these relationships helps protect ourselves and our planet.
Household, agricultural, industrial, recreational, and environmental issues are all influenced by the availability and quality of water. Whether it be underground, on the surface, or in the air, our faculty are studying it.