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The Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University has a rich tradition of integrating experimental, observational, and field-based approaches for solving fundamental problems in the earth, environmental, and planetary sciences. The research activities of our world-renowned faculty are ranked among the top 15 public research universities by the National Research Council.  (Learn more)  

Please join us to celebrate our 50th Anniversary! 

Formed in 1965 as the Department of Earth and Space Sciences, the department rapidly grew to prominence under the leadership of Ollie Schaeffer. 

Many of you have been part of building our reputation for excellence in research, from analyzing Apollo lunar samples to high-pressure studies of the deep interior of the Earth, from roving through geologic time to roving the surface of Mars.  Some of you have gone on to research careers of your own.  Literally hundreds of you have been certified in teaching science and have been recognized throughout the region as outstanding educators.  Still more of you, in both the public and private sectors, have worked to preserve and protect the quality of our environment and address our needs for energy.  As teachers and scientists, and as leaders in business, government and industry, all of you have good reason to be a proud part of the heritage of Geosciences at Stony Brook!  

Much has changed, but after half a century this department of ours remains a center for innovation and excellence.  We hope that you will come and celebrate with us, reminisce and share stories of what we were and learn what we’ve become!  


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Career Opportunities

 GEO students in the field:

GEO Field Trip 2013

The Athol Fault in East-Central Massachusetts.

Geo Field Trip 2013
Atop Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine, just northeast
of Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin.

Geo Field Trip 2013
Along the Penobscot River in the Chester Shear
Zone, south of Baxter State Park in Maine.


News & Announcements 

Dr. Hanna Nekvasil will be delivering a lecture entitled "Uncommon behavior of a common mineral lends new insights into the origin of the lunar crust" on Thursday, 10/08/15 at 4:00PM in the Hanson Seminar Room (ESS 123)

Geosciences Seminars

Geosciences Department Newsletter


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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