The National Science Foundation has highlighted the work of UM Geosciences professor Joel Harper and his team of students and postdocs in their media gallery. In collaboration with the University of Wyoming, the team has discovered that the Greenland ice sheet slides more rapidly and...
Max Hannah, a junior from Bellingham, Washington who is majoring in Geosciences, spent five weeks this summer participating in a field research project on the Greenland Ice Sheet. In these photos, Max melts snow to make water for a drill used to make boreholes into the ice sheet. His home for...
In 2015, Bendick, using a small amount of the prize money Molnar got when he won the Crafoord Prize, sent her then master’s student, field geologist Dylan Schmeelk, to Afghanistan to train Kakar and his team on how to set up field GPS stations. Bendick and Molnar, as part of their mission to...
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.