Department of Geology
500 Geology Physics Building
P.O. Box 210013
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0013
About the Department
Geology is an interdisciplinary science that emphasizes the study of major Earth systems and how they are connected. In the Department of Geology, we teach and conduct research in a variety of areas in the geosciences including:
- Paleontology - Paleobiology, evolutionary paleoecology. Related faculty: Carl Brett, Brooke Crowley, Andrew Czaja, David Meyer, Arnold Miller, Joshua Miller, Yurena Yanes.
- Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology - Glacial geology, Quaternary geochronology, fluvial and slope processes, desert geomorphology, tectonic geomorphology. Take a look at our Quaternary and Anthropocene Research Group.
- Sedimentology and Stratigraphy - Sequence stratigraphy, geology of shales, geochemical records of Earth history. Related faculty: Thomas Algeo, Carl Brett.
- Mineralogy, Tectonics and Volcanology - Mountain building, volcanism. Related faculty: Craig Dietsch, Warren Huff, Attila Kilinc, Lewis Owen.
- Environmental Geology - Groundwater studies, landslide and seismic hazard mitigation. Related faculty: Barry Maynard, David Nash, Lewis Owen, Amy Townsend-Small.
- Biogeochemistry and Global Change - Carbon cycling, isotope geochemistry, anthropogenic impacts and climate change. Thomas Algeo, Brooke Crowley, Aaron Diefendorf, Thomas Lowell, Amy Townsend-Small.
Our faculty and graduate students publish their work in leading journals and over the past two years have published over 100 research papers. The faculty and students at all levels present their research at national and international conferences. We also provide our students with opportunities to gain field and laboratory experience. The department has many research projects that have a strong field-based component and funding is available to students to support field work. Many research projects involve travel to locations such as the Himalaya, South America, Bahamas, Iceland, Alaska, and California. Cincinnati and the surrounding tri-state region also serve as an excellent field area for invertebrate paleontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, hydrogeology, geomorphology, and geochemistry. While much of the research in the department involves field work, the faculty also conduct a great deal of cutting-edge laboratory research. Visit the facilities page for details on departmental laboratories.
As a department, our instructional mission is vast. The goal of our graduate program is to produce well-rounded graduate students who not only take part in advanced research, but also gain extensive field, laboratory, and teaching experience. Upon completion of the program, graduate students are prepared to continue on to doctoral or post-doctoral programs, pursue faculty positions, or obtain professional positions in industry and with the government. At the undergraduate level our students are introduced to the breadth of geology and are provided with the opportunity to focus on the key areas of expertise. Undergraduates leave the program prepared to pursue graduate work or to enter the professional geology field.