Geosciences at Virginia Tech

Research Areas

Our internationally recognized faculty lead research programs in forefront areas of Geosciences, including:

Earth Surface Processes Geomorphology, Quaternary Studies, Sedimentology, Sequence Stratigraphy, Planetary Surfaces, Paleoclimatology, Climate Modeling, Diagenesis.
Geobiology Paleontology, Paleobiology, Paleoecology.
Geochemistry Aqueus and Hydrothermal Geochemistry, Fluids in Earth Processes, Biogeochemistry of Earth Processes, Nanogeoscience and Mineral-Microbe Interactions.
Geophysics Geodynamics and Geophysics of the Crust and Mantle, Exploration Geophysics: Seismology and Electromagnetics, Earthquake Seismology, Regional Seismic Network Monitoring, Seismic Hazard Assessment, Marine Geophysics.
Hydrogeology Chemical and Contaminant Transport, Aquifer Mechanics, Well Hydraulics.
Mineralogy & Petrology Crystallography, Metamorphic and Igneous Petrology, Isotopic Studies, High Pressure Mineral Physics, Computational Quantum Chemistry.
Tectonics Structural Geology, Paleotectonics, Active Tectonics, Plate Dynamics, Geodynamics.

Research from atomic to global scales

Electron density map
Image: Dr. G. V. Gibbs

Electron density map of stishovite, the high pressure polymorph of silica.