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Environmental Geochemistry

Environmental geochemists at Penn State (Brantley, Heaney & Kubicki) investigate the kinetics and the atomic-scale mechanisms that govern mineral-fluid reactions at the Earth’s surface.

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Biogeochemistry

Biogeochemistry analyzes the interactions between life and the chemical cycles in the Earth system. This is an inherently multidisciplinary endeavor, as it integrates the biological, chemical, geological, and physical sciences.

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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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