Earth Science Research in MEAS

Earth History - Investigations into the history and preservation of life on Earth, including the evolution and paleoecology of dinosaurs.

Faculty Pages: Schweitzer; Showers

Related Pages: Paleontology Group; NC Natural History Museum

Surface Processes - Assessment of the processes shaping the terrestrial landscape; The use and development of geographical information systems (GIS) for managing land use and change.

Faculty Pages: Leithold; Liu; Mitasova, Wegmann

Related Pages: GIS-Program

Solid Earth Systems - Investigations into the Earth’s formation and evolution, including studies of regional tectonics, geophysical processes, volcanic systems and economic ore deposits.    

Faculty Pages: Bohnenstiehl; Fodor; Hibbard; McConnell
Related Pages: Tectonic Studies

Environmental Geology and Hydrology - Quantifying the flow and composition of ground and surface waters; Monitoring and mitigation of environmental contaminants within diverse geologic settings.

Faculty Pages: Fountain; Genereux; Showers

Related Pages: Rivernet

Marine Geology and Geophysics - Research focused on the sources and sinks of ocean sediments, coastal hazards, paleoceanography, and the formation of ocean basins.

Faculty Pages: Bohnenstiehl; DeMaster; Leithold; Liu, Osburn

Related Pages: CMAST


MEAS is one of largest interdisciplinary physical science departments in the nation--Earth scientists in MEAS interact with Marine and Atmospheric scientists on a wide range of scientific problems.

Geoscience Education - Research focusing on the process of learning (geo-cognition, teaching strategies), the incentives for learning,  and the development of learning from freshman to graduate student.

Faculty Pages: McConnell; Kimberly; Carrie Thomas

Related Pages: The Science House