Our mission is to develop new knowledge of Earth’s history as a planet, its environment, and resources; engage our students in the process; and share that knowledge broadly.

We use scientific methods to study the physical processes that shape our planet.  We have two areas of special focus: water and earth.  In both areas, we analyze how earth materials such as water, minerals, sediments and rocks, and energy move and change.  These are the dynamic processes that distribute critical resources and form landscapes.

In the area of water science, we focus on the water cycle.  We study glaciers and ice sheets and how they move and flow and impact climate, groundwater systems and  interactions with surface water, and rivers and their relationship to the landscape.  For more details, please see the water research pages.

In the area of solid earth science, we focus on the outermost rocky layer of the planet, the lithosphere.  We study its rocks and minerals, how it has moved and rearranged itself through time, the record of erosion and deposition, the evolution of life, and present-day hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes.  For more details, please see the solid earth research pages.

Food-Energy-Water Nexus Seminars

Please join us Fridays from 11:00-11:50 in Stone Hall 217 for UM BRIDGES Methods and Models for Interdisciplinary Science Seminars:

  • April 6: HydroViz: on-line hydrological system visualization; Dr. Andrew Wilcox, Associate Professor, Geosciences, University of Montana
  • April 13: TBD
  • April 20:Working with Tribes in a Research Context: Dr. Ed Galindo, PI, Indigenous STEM Research and Graduate Education Program, University of Idaho
  • April 27: Co-production of Knowledge: skills and processes; Dr. Carina Wyborn, Research Adviser, Luc Hoffmann Institute
  • May 4: TBD