With the help of our faculty, students may engage in unique independent research. In many cases this culminates as work published in major research journals. Our areas of research include environmental geochemistry, geochemistry of the Earth, and geophysics. Opportunities abound for funding these research endeavors, including the Undergraduate Research Program, the McMorrow Award, and external grant funds awarded to our faculty.
Our faculty members are asking a number of important questions of our Earth.
- How deep might life survive in the Earth and other planetary bodies?
- How are mountains, like the Adirondacks, formed?
- What caused the large eruption of Toba, Indonesia?
- What can quartz, zircon, and monazite crystals tell us about earth history?
- How has the crust of the Earth recently moved?
- What caused mountains to form in central Asia?
- Can we predict the next earthquake on the San Andreas Fault?
- Is there more to Antarctica than a frozen wasteland?
- What's happing in hot springs?
- How has humankind affected the Hudson River?
- What happens to contaminants in fresh-water bodies?
To answer these and other questions and to provide our students with the best possible education, we have a number first rate facilities.