Research Areas

The Climate & Environment group uses modern observations, climate models, and the marine and terrestrial geologic record to understand the history and dynamics of global climate and environmental change. Faculty and students develop and apply remote sensing, computational, sedimentological, geochemical, organic geochemical, and microfossil proxies to investigate Climate & Environment on time scales ranging from seasons to millions of years.  The group has active programs investigating modern climate and environmental systems and their alteration by human activity. Interdisciplinary links include a joint PhD program at the Marine Biological Lab (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society and the Superfund Basic Research Program.

The research conducted by the "GMP" group addresses a wide variety of geological problems that study the properties and processes of geologic materials. They utilize observational, analytical, and experimental approaches, including geochronological and isotope tracer studies of tectonic processes in orogenic belts, and time-dependent aspects of a number of major long and short-term geological processes.

The Geophysics group combines research strengths in rock and mineral physics, seismological imaging, and geodynamical modeling to address exciting questions regarding the structure, dynamics and evolution of Earth and other planetary bodies. We employ experimental, theoretical, and field studies, and enjoy collaborating with each other and our colleagues from across the department.

The Planetary Geosciences group is involved in a variety of research programs and actively participates in planetary missions. Using diverse approaches within the Department of Geological Sciences they study surface processes and their role in the overall evolution of planetary geologic history and internal evolution.