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Earth & Environmental Sciences Department
Investigating Lake Levels
Graduate students Collin Murphy, Ali Wiemer and Alejandro Fernandez collect sediment cores from lakes on thousand Lakes Mountain, Utah to investigate how lake levels have changed over the last several thousand years, which can tell us about changes in precipitation and evaporation rates.
Situated on the shore of the world's largest freshwater lake, we enjoy tremendous geological diversity in a haven for outdoor activity. And we take advantage of this fact as much as possible.
For undergraduates, we offer:
Strong Tradition of Research
Our department has a long history at UMD and we take great pride in a strong tradition of geology research, with many opportunities for field-based work and independent study.
Our commitment is reflected by the initiative of our faculty members in working with students through our highly rated Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.
Our MS and PhD programs offer opportunities for research in a wide range of fields, from solid-earth geology and tectonics, to Quaternary and climate studies, lacustrine geochemistry, basin modeling, economic geology, and planetary geology. Recent additions to our expanding faculty reflect a strong commitment to teaching and research in the most vital areas of earth science today.