Understanding the processes that form igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock and the plate tectonic forcing functions is essential to a better understand of the Earth system. Studies in the geosciences include research into water resources, seismology, paleoenvironments, subduction environments, sea level changes, and climate change.
Sea Level / Coastal Change: The Geoscience research group has a broad focus in processes occurring at the Coast. Areas of interest include relative sea-level changes from Last Glacial Maximum to present, Glacial isostatic adjustment modeling, Coastal paleoseismology and paleogeodesy, and Paleoenvironmental reconstruction using micropaleontology.
Seismology: Members are interested in tectonic structures within the solid earth and the lithosphere. Imaging is accomplished through seismic waveform modeling in 1, 2 and 3-D using synthetic seismograms. Of particular interest are highly complex and unusual seismic signals resulting from exotic sources and/or complex seismic wave propagation. Computation of synthetic seismograms, takes place in massively parallel computers housed within the department and at super computing centers around the world.
Hydrogeology: See Water Resources
Biogeochemistry: See Life / Rock Interaction
Paleontology: See Life / Rock Interaction