Earth’s Environment

Geology is the study of the earth in all its aspects, including the modern environment and its ancient analogs. Geologists use physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geography, and…


Geochemistry and Earth Resources

Stable and radiogenic isotope geochemistry and geochronology applied towards quantifying and understanding of diverse geological processes.   Geochemistry Group…


Paleoclimatology and Climate Change

Integration of high-resolution paleoclimate records and climate-system dynamics, with focus on Late Quaternary climate change and extreme climate conditions in earlier time periods.…


Surface Processes and Human Impacts

Landscapes are inherently unstable.  Tectonic and climatic forces combine with the persistent movement of energy, wind, water, and material across Earths surface to result in evolving…


Hydrology and Water Resources

The movement of fresh water over and beneath the land surface is central to any understanding of how Earth’s surface evolves. Flowing water causes physical and chemical erosion and…


Energy Resources

Most people understand that fossil fuels and uranium are the main sources of the energy that powers society. What is less well understood is that geologists and geophysicists are the…


Seismology

Research Groups: application of seismic and acoustic tomography seismic anisotropy tectonic geomorphology to elucidate processes in volcanic systems subduction zones continental fault…


Tectonics and Petrology

Isotope geochemistry, petrology, and geochronology of orogenic magmatism Investigations of deformation processes through structural geology and tectonic geomorphology…


Volcanology

Volcano processes Magma Storage Conduit Physics Volcanology Group Faculty Coleman  –  Glazner – Lees


Paleobiology, Paleoecology, and Evolution

The Department of Geological Sciences at UNC is a global center for research on the evolution, systematics, and ecology of the molluscan class Bivalvia. Bivalve evolution and diversity…


Undergraduate Research

In Geological Sciences we vigorously support undergraduates in mentored, self-directed research. As early as your first year at Carolina, you can join a lab, or complete research in the field…


Geology 72H Research Journal

The journal Geology 72H, volume 1 , contains research papers writtens by students in the Fall, 2011 class GEOL 72H, Field Geology of Eastern California . These papers represent the…