Earth Sciences' Research

Department researchers are actively pursuing studies into the formation of and processes occurring within the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere - Air, Life, Ice, Water and Earth! As such, our research is inherently dynamic and multidisciplinary with significant overlap between the various Research Groups.

Examples of our research foci are: climate change, petroleum geology, mineral deposits, gemstones, water resources, geotechnical engineering, natural hazards, landscape evolution, glacier dynamics, paleontology, sedimentology, modern coastal environments, volcanology, crustal evolution and structure of the lithosphere.

Most of our research is "field based" with a strong emphasis on actual as opposed to theoretical problems, although much of our work involves quantitative analysis such as numerical modeling of rock and ice deformation, groundwater flow, geochemical and geophysical characterization, and plate tectonics.