Research

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Our professors are leaders, collaborators, and mentors strongly committed to our field and to training the next generation of geoscientists. 

Research within our department falls under five thematic areas.

Surface and Groundwater Resources: Planning for the Future

Hydrology, hydrogeology, ecohydrology, water quality, groundwater-surface water interactions, soils, smart watersheds, social-ecological water systems, ecosystem services, emerging contaminants, social-ecological water systems, urban watersheds, remediation

Biogeochemical Cycles in the Anthropocene

Elemental cycling, nutrients, nutrient limitation, eutrophication, chemical and isotopic tracers, hydro(geo)chemistry, greenhouse gases, environmental legacies, reactive interfaces, geomicrobiology, global typologies, modeling, big data, open data

Geosciences for Responsible Exploration and Development of Natural Resources

Mineral and energy resources, mining waste management, oils sands, source rock characterization, geochemical and geological engineering, reactive transport modeling, remediation, ecological footprints

Earth Processes and Evolution

Tectonic-climate interactions, paleoenvironmental change, proxies, coupled biosphere-geosphere evolution, non-traditional isotopes, early earth, crustal processes and mineral deposits, glaciations, land use change, Great Lakes

Geohazards, Risks and Prevention

Landslides, volcanoes, near-surface processes, resource extraction, hydrological extremes, climate change, contaminant legacies, groundwater contaminants, water security, health impacts