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We're looking forward to staying in better touch with our alumni friends. Whether you're back in town over the summer and want to join us for the annual GEMS Arts Festival Breakfast, or you are just checking in on Facebook, please make this the year that you reacquaint yourself with the department!

Deformation Kinematics and Dynamics

Penn State has a group of faculty (Engelder, Fisher, Furlong & LaFemina) who use field observations of structures to evaluate the kinematics and dynamics of rock deformation in mountain belts, along plate boundaries, and within sedimentary basins.

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Plate Tectonic and Deformation Processes

Penn State faculty have ongoing research along active plate boundaries around the world including:

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Plate Tectonic and Deformation Processes
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Climate Risk Management

Anthropogenic climate changes pose serious risks.

How big are these risks? What are scientifically sound, economically viable, and ethically defendable strategies to manage them?

Analysing these questions requires fundamental advances in the involved disciplines (e.g., Geosciences, Geography, Economics, Engineering, Meteorology, Statistics, or Philosophy) as well as a tight integration across these disciplines.

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Astrobiology

A major research focus of astrobiology is enabling the recognition of signatures of life on the early Earth, in extreme environments, and in extraterrestrial settings.

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Astrobiology Research
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