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Environmental Geophysics

The environmental geophysics research program includes Nyblade and Saffer. They use geophysical observations of the shallow subsurface to address environmental and engineering problems, particularly those related to physical, chemical, and biological processes. Research projects can be lab, field, or theoretically based.

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Seismology

In concert with the Department's geodynamics, earthquake mechanics, volcanology, and active-source seismology groups, the Penn State seismology group (Ammon, Furlong, Marone, Nyblade & Richardson) performs research on Earth structure and earthquake processes.

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Microbial Geobiology and Biogeochemistry

The Department of Geosciences has excellence in isotopic biogochemistry, organic geochemistry, and geomicrobiology. Current biogeochemsitry research (Freeman) includes isotopic signatures of photosynthesis, past climate, and microbial processes.

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Paleobiology

The Department of Geosciences offers a diverse program in paleobiology.

Faculty and students address a wide range of questions that center on the evolution and extinction of life on Earth and the interactions of organisms with their environments over geologic time.

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