Keep in Touch!

We take pride in the sense of community that has characterized the Department of Geosciences since our beginnings as the Department of Earth and Space Sciences in 1965.  As time goes on, our departmental family has grown and we are more spread out through space and time than ever before – making it harder to keep in touch. 

Over the years we’ve often relied on the Alumni Association to provide us with your e-mail and conventional addresses.  Recognizing that many of you might prefer to avoid general Alumni Association promotions and instead have more direct communication with the department, we’ve decided to again gather our own address information. 

To that end, we’ve created a survey we’d like you to complete to give us your basic contact information and also, if you like, let us know what you’ve been up to.  We will not share this outside of the department without first seeking your approval. 

We would love to hear from you however you wish to contact us.  Consider using our online form, but we’ll also be happy for an e-mail, “snail mail” or even a phone call (631-632-8200). 

You may also want to create or update your profile with the Alumni Association:

The Alumni Association offers you some choices regarding what kinds of communication you’d like to receive from them but we really have little influence over what they do.  On the other hand, if we don’t have contact information for our alums, we will use their information to contact you if they have any. 

We look forward to hearing from you and keeping you up to date on what’s happening in our Department of Geosciences.


Cheers, Dan
(Daniel.Davis "at"


Giving to the Department of Geosciences 

The Department of Geosciences greatly appreciates the continued support of alumni and friends.  When you give to the Department, you become a partner in the academic success of our students and the research achievements of our faculty.  Your gift provides financial support for our talented students, departmental seminars by outstanding scientists, student travel, scholarships and awards, and many other great experiences for our students and faculty.    In addition to contributions ear-marked for a specific purpose, general support helps make it possible for us to continue activities that enrich our educational and research programs.  Any amount makes a difference for our students, faculty, staff, research and programs. 

· Geosciences Department Fund for Excellence (# 250500)   ...making it possible for us to enrich the life of the department with a variety of events including  seminars and visiting speakers. 

· Geosciences Undergraduate Students (# 299660)   ...supporting a wide range of activities that enhance the undergraduate experience, as well as our annual awards for student excellence.    

· David E. King Field Work Award (#236421)  ...supporting graduate student field work.

· Center for Advancement of Earth and Space Science Education (#264920)  ...directed toward enhancing education through outreach and advanced training of the next generation of science educators.

· Oliver Schaeffer Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund (#236537)  ...awarded to support a senior who has demonstrated exceptional scholarship and promise.

· Mineral Physics Student Fund in Geosciences (#229280)  ...supporting student travel to do experimental work at synchrotron and neutron facilities.

· Robert Liebermann Endowed Graduate Fellowship (#242370)
  ...honoring our own Bob Liebermann and designed to support an outstanding graduate student

 To use the online giving feature, please follow this link and

  • Enter the name of the fund as highlighted above in the field "Or search for other Stony Brook programs:"
  • The fund you are looking for will appear in a box below the field, click on it.
  • You should now see the account name selected in red letters.  
  • Choose your contribution amount.
  • Click continue, verify the selected fund at top of next page and complete secure payment information.

 Or, you can send us a check payable to Stony Brook Foundation, Fund #XXXXXX:  

Department of Geosciences, Chairperson
Stony Brook University
255 ESS Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100


 Thanks for your support! 


News & Announcements

Geosciences Seminar

Geosciences Department Newsletter


Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the department has established a Laboratory for the Analysis and Dating of Sediments. 

Stony Brook Geosciences going Far Beyond: Newest Department of Geosciences faculty member Weisen Shen's seismological research takes him to the South Pole.

Richard Reeder named Vice President for Research and Operations Manager

Mars Rover collects exciting evidence from Gale Crater

Congratulations to Scott McLennan who was named Distinguished Professor

Funding Opportunity for MS applicants interested in Instrumentation

Geosciences alum Barbara Cohen named to leadership position for Mars Exploration Rovers 

Q & A with Geosciences Graduate Student Steven Jaret as he prepares for the International FameLab national finals in Washington D.C. 

Geosciences Graduate Students bring hands-on Science education to area elementary schools

Melissa Sims chosen to introduce Secretary of Energy at NSLS-II Dedication

Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann

Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument

PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award

Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team

Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL

Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative

Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars

Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award

Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team

Professor Timothy Glotch receives NSF Career Award

Geosciences PhD Francis McCubbin receives Presidential Early Career Award

Professor Scott McLennan on NASA team that finds new evidence for water at Mars crater

Geoscience Researchers Develop Numerical Model to Better Forecast Forces Behind Earthquakes 

Geoscience Professor Don Weidner selected to receive Inge Lehman Medal

Geoscience researchers find that natural minerals disinfect drinking water

Professor Dan Davis publishes 4th edition of "Turn Left at Orion"

Stony Brook PhD and Faculty Advisor Show that the Moon Isn't as Dry as Previously Thought

The Department welcomes its new faculty member, Deanne Rogers

Jerome Varriale, Geosciences major, Named URECA Researcher of the Month  


Department of Geosciences - Earth and Space Science Building, Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100  Phone: (631) 632-8200
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