Geosciences Departmental Research Websites

NameOffice, Lab, Phone &
Area of Expertise
Daniel Davis ESS 245
Geomechanical modeling; tectonics; active margin structural geology
Timothy Glotch ESS 250, 231
Planetary Geology, Remote Sensing, Martian Surface Mineralogy
Gilbert Hanson ESS 310, 317
Isotope and Trace Element Geochemistry, Geochronology
William Holt ESS 334, 365
Joel Hurowitz ESS 220
Planetary exploration and geology, sedimentary and aqueous geochemistry
Scott McLennan ESS 252, 221
Geochemistry, Crustal Evolution, Sedimentary Petrology
Hanna Nekvasil ESS 243, 229
Silicate melt/crystal equilibria; thermodynamcis of silicate systems
Artem Oganov ESS 354
Computational crystallography; high-pressure mineralogy; computational materials design
John Parise ESS 238, 335
Crystal structure-property relations; solid state synthesis
Brian Phillips ESS 240, 207
Molecular-level structure of minerals and their surfaces
Troy Rasbury ESS 320, 217
Sedimentary geology and geochemistry, geochronology
Richard Reeder ESS 218, 215
Geochemistry and Mineralogy
Director of CEMS
Deanne Rogers ESS 336
Planetary geology, remote sensing
Martin Schoonen ESS 220, 205
Geochemistry of sulfur and sulfides, hydrogeochemistry, catalysis
Donald Weidner ESS 318, 381
Mineral Physics and the Earth's deep interior
Director of MPI
Lianxing Wen ESS 230
Seismology, Geodynamics, Global Geophysics

Timothy Glotch Group: Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory

The Glotch research group in the Vibrational Spectroscopy Laboratory (VSL) is focused on using laboratory spectroscopy and theoretical techniques to enable more quantitative interpretation of remote sensing data from Mars, the Moon, and other Solar System bodies. Areas of emphasis include understanding the role of water in altering the Martian crust, studying the contribution of impact processes and space weathering to the observed spectral signatures of Mars and the Moon, and understanding the origin of unique lithologies in the lunar crust. The Glotch group is also home to the Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E) node of NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).

Joel Hurowitz Group: Planetary Geochemistry Laboratory

Our research focuses on understanding the geochemistry and mineralogy of Martian sedimentary rocks and soils as a proxy record to reconstruct paleo-environmental conditions on the ancient surface of Mars. To do this, we use a combination of mission dataset analysis, laboratory experimentation, theoretical modeling, and field analogue activities and sample analysis.  In addition, our laboratory will be home to a laboratory version of the Mars 2020 rover mission instrument called PIXL (Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry).  This microfocus X-ray fluorescence device is a research instrument used for resolving sub-millimeter scale relationships between geochemistry and rock texture, and also serves the 2020 mission by supporting calibration and operations development activities.  We are also actively involved in research related to understanding the reactivity and toxicity of regolith materials on airless planetary bodies. 

John Parise Lab Group: Crystallography
Among our interests is the study of atomic structural changes that accompany variation in composition, temperature, and pressure.

Richard J. Reeder Lab Group: Mineral-Water Interface Geochemistry
The study of reaction mechanisms and molecular-scale structure at mineral-water interfaces is the central focus of research activities in our geochemistry group.

Martin Schoonen Lab Group Website: Aqueous Geochemistry
Understanding geochemical and environmental processes at the molecular scale is the objective of most of the projects in the group .

Seismology and Tectonics Lab-Lianxing Wen, Bill Holt
A primary focus in the seismology and tectonics lab is the determination of detailed three dimensional earth structure, from the core to the surface, and related studies on the dynamics that drives mantle convection, deformation of the lithosphere, and plate tectonics in general. Particular emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary research and collaboration to understand the structure, composition, and dynamics of the Earth's interior, as well as the driving forces for plate movements and deformations.

Groundwater Research Group
The Groundwater Research Group is a group of graduate students from Stony Brook University working with Gil Hanson on groundwater problems in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. We have created this web site to employ the importance of studying Long Island groundwater. 

Bill Holt Lab Group
Information about all our research, figures, useful links, etc. 

Bill Holt: Kinematics and Dynamics of the Lithosphere
The main efforts of this research lab are devoted to the understanding of the kinematics and dynamics of crustal deformation in (diffuse) plate boundary zones.

Isotope Lab-Gil Hanson, Scott McLennan, Troy Rasbury
The primary focus of the Isotope lab is to use isotope and trace element compositions to tell the history of geological materials. Current research conducted in the lab includes dating the time of sedimentation with paleosol calcite, determining the paleo-pH of seawater, and tracing the source of contaminants in Long Island groundwater. The group members include three faculty from the Department of Geosciences and graduate students from Geosciences, Anthropological Sciences, and the Marine Science Research Center at Stony Brook. 

Brian Phillips Lab Group: Geochemistry, Environmental, and Molecular Science
The Phillips' lab focuses on oxygen exchange kinetics of aqueous complexes and reactivity of mineral surfaces; application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for kinetic measurements and characterization of mineral surface and bulk structure.

News & Announcements

Geosciences Seminar

Geosciences Department Newsletter


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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