Welcome to the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University!

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. The Department is also home to the internationally recognized Mineral Physics Institute, which combines experimental and theoretical studies of Earth's deep interior and novel high-pressure materials.

The Department has 18 full-time faculty, covering the areas of geochemistry, crystallography, mineral and rock physics, petrology, sedimentary geology, seismology, tectonics, environmental geology, and planetary geology. One of Stony Brook's strengths continues to be opportunities for interdisciplinary research. We maintain active collaborations with other departments at Stony Brook, including Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics & Astronomy. Faculty and students benefit from close ties to the National Synchrotron Light Source at nearby Brookhaven National Lab, participate in partnerships in national and international seismic networks and observatories, and have direct involvement in NASA's lunar and planetary science missions. Our faculty maintain state-of-the-art lab facilities and conduct research world-wide. The Geosciences Department together with the Mineral Physics Institute garners in excess of $6M annually in external funding to support research and graduate students.

The Department of Geosciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. We also offer Masters degree programs for teachers and environmental scientists. Our graduates fill the ranks of faculty at leading universities and research labs, and we have trained professionals throughout the energy industry and at environmental companies, as well as at state, local, and federal agencies. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are ideally suited to meet the expanding job market in geoscience-related fields, now expected to grow by more than 20% through 2016.  

Stony Brook University is recognized as one of the nation's top research universities and is a member of the prestigious AAU. Situated on a glacial moraine overlooking the north shore of Long Island, Stony Brook University offers the pastoral scenery of New England yet is little more than one hour away from New York City.  Whether your interest is in undergraduate or graduate studies, I invite you to look through our web page to learn more about Geosciences at Stony Brook.

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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