Marine Geosciences

Marine Geosciences Research

Rosenstiel School scientists are watching the earth move.

Whether it’s atop volcanoes in Central America measuring terrain changes, wearing wet suits, 150 feet deep in an anoxic spring in search of paleoclimate clues among the 12,000-year-old artifacts, or scrutinizing core samples, Rosenstiel School scientists are helping uncover answers that explain the earth's history, its current puzzles, and its future challenges.

Faculty and students often emphasize cross-divisional cooperative studies so that the chemist is collaborating with the geologist or the currents expert works hand-in-hand with the biologist and paleoclimatologist. As a founding member of the Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES), Rosenstiel School often leads the way, such as co-hosting the Colloquium and Forum on Global Aspects of Coral Reefs.

Current areas of research include:

  • Coral reefs and carbonate sediments
  • Soil-derived aerosols, sampled worldwide, used as tracers for specific geological terrains, weathering and climatic regimes, and to assess impact of airborne particles on climate and their transport on regional oceanic sedimentation
  • The evolution of ocean basins and margins and studies of near-shore sediment transport
  • The geologic record as found in sub-ocean drilling cores and in ancient deposits on land
  • The geological and chemical study of rocks, including the record of ancient magnetism that is preserved in rock
  • Global climate and sea level change
  • Processes and hazards of earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Bio-geochemical processes, hydrology, and environmental problems