Professor Joel Harper and students Rosie Leone, Aidan Stansberry and Ian MacDowell were joined by a reporter from PRI on a recent trip to the Greenland ice sheet. Their experience is documented in the linked article and podcast.
Hello President Bodnar,
My name is Tonya Robinson, and I briefly met you last year at the (UM Conference on Undergraduate Research) award ceremony. My daughter, Autumn Robinson, received an award for her poster presentation. The reason I am writing you is to acknowledge the incredible...
Sara Stotter, a graduate student in the Department of Geosciences brought home one of the top honors presented during the Geological Society of America's annual meeting Nov. 4-7 in Indianapolis. Sara won first place in the Best Student Geologic Map Competition. As the top winner, she received a...
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.