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Welcome to the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida. Our mission is to provide our students with an outstanding education in the Geosciences that will prepare them to work as professionals and to address major questions about our environment and natural resources. Our faculty lead the academic community in exploration of a wide range of global earth science questions and challenges. Our graduate students participate in this research, pursuing projects all over the world in a variety of disciplines, including atmospheric sciences, coastal studies, geochemistry, geodesy, geophysics, geographic information science (GIScience), hydrogeology and water resource management, karst studies, natural hazards, paleo-environmental science, seismology,
tectonics, volcanology, and more. We offer BA, BS, MS and PhD degrees in Geology, Geography, and Environmental Science and Policy.
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- Congratulations to USF post-doctoral fellow Maheen Gull for her article on Prebiotic Phosphorylation Reactions on the Early Earth that appeared in the Astrobiology issue of the journal Challenges. Dr. Gull is working with Prof. Matt Pasek on the origin of biological phorphate compounds on the early Earth and relevance of some meteorite minerals and the origin of life.
- Congratulations to USF scientists Aurélie Germa, Rocco Malservisi, Laura Connor and Chuck Connor on their new NSF award titled "Dynamic Statistical Models to Improve Long-term Volcanic Hazard Assessments." (read more...)
- USF scientists Jacob Richardson, Chuck Connor and Laura Connor are teaming up with the planetary geologists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to discover how hundreds of small volcanoes across Mars fit into Martian history and how they relate to the giant volcanoes that make up a region known as the Tharsis Bulge. (read more...)
- Congratulations to Kaitlin Deutsch, one of three USF undergraduates who will receive a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship this year. Kaitlin is a double major in Biology and Environmental Science and Policy. The Goldwater Scholarship program is fiercely competitive and is the most pretigious undergraduate award for science and research. See the USF Magazine Summer 2014 edition for the complete story.
- Roy Price (PhD Geology 1999) traveled with the HYDROPRONY research group on a field expedition to test whether deep ocean vents can produce organic compounds without any biological influence. Read about this interesting research at AstroBiology Magazine.
- Professor Ping Wang has been awarded a Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant to study barrier-island beaches and tidal inlets in Florida. (read more...)
- Professor Jeffrey G. Ryan, Chair of the School of Geosciences, is involved in a very interesting project that will take him far away from USF for August and September. He is participating in an International Ocean Discovery Program cruise on a laboratory ship that will drill into the ocean floor near Japan. (read more...)
- The School of Geosciences is very pleased to welcome Mandy K. Stuck as Academic Program Specialist for Geology. Mandy is seriously enthused about working with the faculty and students in Geoscience and learning more about the enormous rock in the Environmental Science Building lobby.
- The School of Geosciences is very pleased to welcome Danny Lindsay as Teaching Lab Manager. Danny has a BS in Geology from USF and will be assisting with the teaching labs, managing the teaching collections and assisting with the summer field camps.
- The School of Geosciences's Commencement Reception and Spring Picnic will take place on Saturday, May 3 at Riverfront Park. (read more...)
- The School of Geosciences is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Physical Volcanology with an emphasis on hazard assessment. See the posting for more information.
- The Geology Alumni Society is hosting a panel discussion of earth science professionals for students majoring in geology or environmental science and policy. (read more...)
- The Honor Societies of Gamma Theta Upsilon and Sigma Gamma Epsilon welcome USF students who have qualified as members. (read more...)
- Congratulations to Dr. Graham Tobin, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions and service to the former USF Department of Geography and to the field of Geography. (read more...)
- Congratulations to Dr. Matt Pasek for receiving funding from NASA’s NSPIRES program to study the role of phosphorous in the origin of life on Earth and to analyze similar organic-phosphate materials to identify chemical signs of life on Jupiter's moon Europa.
- USF School of Geosciences Ranked #69 by U.S. News and World Report!
- Coffee Hour - When: Mondays at 9:30-10:30 - Where: SCA 512 - All are invited! Hosted by the Geology Grad Student Organization (GGSO).
- Florida's past hurricane record: presentation on Tuesday March 25 (more details...)
- Pterosaurs: Old bones, new technology Dr. Brian Andres speaks in the AVC on March 26 (click here for details...)
- AAG Preconference Meeting, Political Geography Specialty Group: Marshall Center, April 7. (More details...)
- The Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting to be held in Tampa - April 8-12, 2014
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- 2014 Service Day in the Geo Park - Save the date: Saturday, March 22, 12 - 4 pm (more details...)
- Upcoming event for PhD candidates -- Interdisciplinary Dissertation Forum -- When: Friday, March 7, 9am - 4pm (more details ...)
- Breaking news: AIST team digitally preserving NASA launch pad. Check out the AIST website for the complete story!
- Now is the time to reserve your seat for the 2014 Geology Alumni Association (GAS) Annual Banquet. Don't delay! Seating is limited! Students, this event will allow you to meet professionals in your field; please contact Dr. Len Vacher if you are interested in attending and do not have a sponsor. (More info ....)
- The Florida Society of Geographers (FSG) Annual Meeting is being held in Orlando, FL, February 7-9, 2014
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- Check out the inaugural issue of Into the Field, a newsletter published by the USF Geology Alumni Society!
- Save the date for the annual USF GAS Banquet! - When: Satuday, February 8, 2014 - Where: Traditions Hall, USF Tampa Campus. Follow this link, for more information ....
- USF Geoscientist, Brian Andres, names two new species of Pterosaur. Read all about it ...
- NOAA Preserve Initiative - Dr. Jennifer Collins, NOAA Hurricane Hunters and NWS team up to sponsor the preservation of historical records and data on Tampa Bay storms. Their display is located in the USF Library Learning Commons. (Read all about it ...)
- School of Geosciences Holiday Party - When: Friday, Dec 6 - Celebrate with us and enjoy delicious food and drinks! (more details ....)
- Fall 2013 Rockbreaker Event - Meet Geology Alumni! Save the Date: Friday, Oct. 18th (more details...)
- School of Geosciences Open House - Wednesday, Oct. 16th - All are invited!
- Geology students: Interview with Exxon-Mobil - on campus, Oct 14 - 16. See Dawn McGowan (GeoSci Office Manager) for details!