The study of geology is an expression of our curiosity of the world around us
If you have ever questioned why landscapes differ, why earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, why the mountains and oceans exist, or why the dinosaurs became extinct, then you have already been introduced to geology. Geologists attempt to answer the questions of "why?" "how?" and "under what conditions?", as well as questions concerning time ("when?") and place ("where?"). The process of finding the answers to these questions is complex and fascinating; it is what geology is all about! Discover Geology at UVM.
The undergraduate experience
Professors in our department are excited about what they do and our students find it contagious. Pursue your degree under the watchful eye of faculty mentors who are experts in their fields, and consider getting involved in their research. Discover Geology at UVM and meet our Featured Undergraduate student.
The graduate experience
Consider graduate school at UVM. Faculty are recruiting new students to work on a variety of funded research programs. See the list of current graduate student research. For project descriptions, visit our faculty members' Web pages.
UVM Geology in the News
Paul Bierman led an international team of scientists and found three-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland Ice Sheet.
Geology Excursion in the Teacher-Advisor Program (TAP) “The highlight of my ISEE experience was going out on geology excursions for various labs in the 'Geology of Lake Champlain Basin' class." (ISEE, Integrated Study of Earth and Environment)
Char Mehrtens, UVM geology professor involved with Perkins Museum of Geology for years, speaks about the VT Bedrock map, a new museum exhibit under construction, as an "important resource" in In This State: Whales, arrowheads, minerals come to life at the Perkins Our visitors "consider the place [museum] a gem of a resource."
Laura Web, in Under Pressure, (International Innovation - The leading global Dissemination Resource) reveals her research, which uses pioneering technology . . . to produce insights into the pressure and temperature histories that form rocks.
Paul Bierman and colleagues seek answers to the questions of climate change, in particular, to help answer a little understood—but most important—question: how fast will Greenland melt in a warming world? Read more: Ice Sheets, Isotopes & Musk-Ox Pizza, a polar scientist's tour of Greenland (Vermont Quarterly)
John Hughes was elected President of the Mineralogical Society of America, (MSA). One of the oldest international scientific societies, it was founded in 1919. Hughes begins his post in November 2012.
Paul Bierman, UVM Department of Geology Professor, and Graduate student Alice Nelson want to know “how stable is the Greenland ice sheet?" Embedded journalist, Joshua Brown in, "Live from Greenland" realizes, “If the whole Greenland ice sheet — that covers most of this not-green island — were to melt . . .
Paul Bierman, Department of Geology Professor at The University of Vermont, sent samples to his lab after receiving a rapid-response grant from U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for travel to Namibia one-month after the country's unprecedented rainfall. Read Something Odd Is Happening With Namibia's Weather to discover why " Grass covers what should be barren stony desert" (NSF).
UVM 's Cynthia Gardner ’77 has an "Eye on Eruptions" . . . " her well-honed sense of humility — began as an undergraduate at UVM, tooling across the American West with geology professors . . .
The mineral Hughesite is named for Department of Geology Professor John M.Hughes; his area of expertise includes Mineralogy, Crystal Chemistry, X-ray Crystallography. Read University Communications "Nature made a very limited number of minerals, and to have one of them named after you is truly humbling," says Hughes . . ."