Graduate School

Geology—MS, PhD

You always leave no stone unturned, and Michigan Tech’s Department of Geology can take you from Alaska to New Zealand and back to the lab in search of answers. Research areas range from volcanology to hydrology, seismology to mineralogy, atmospheric science.

What you'll work on

Research activities span fundamental and precise laboratory studies of rocks and minerals to field studies in remote and rugged locations to high-performance computing of climate and natural hazards using remotely sensed data. Current studies include characterizing the hydrology of melting glaciers in Alaska, Svalbard, and Nepal, landslide and flood hazards in El Salvador, and transport and observation of atmospheric pollutants in remote locations like Greenland and the Azores.

Sample Areas of Interest

  • Economic Geology/ Petrology/Geochemistry
  • Geomorphology
  • Groundwater/Hydrology
  • Karst Hydrology & Geology

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Who you'll work with

Our faculty are as diverse as their specialties. Join Greg Waite as he studies seismic source mechanisms of tectonic and volcanic earthquakes, or Simon Carn as he uses satellite measurements to constrain global volcanic SO2 production and emissions from individual volcanoes.

Faculty Spotlight

John GierkeJohn Gierke
Professor and Department Chair,
Geological and Mining Engineering Sciences

"Understanding earth systems are vital to locate and develop natural resources and mitigate natural hazards."

Satellite, airborne, and ground- based technologies are rapidly evolving to enhance our abilities to characterize and understand earth landscapes and underlying geologic systems, water bodies, and the atmosphere. Strategies to mitigate for natural hazards, explore for and develop natural resources, and forecast human and natural impacts are also evolving as we grow our understanding of earth systems.

Where you'll work

Specialized labs include the Laboratory for Atmospheric Remote Sensing, the Subsurface Visualization Laboratory, and others including the Seismology and Petrophysics Laboratory, the Earthquake Seismology Laboratory, the Hydrogeology Laboratory, and the Earth Magnetism Laboratory. Michigan Tech sits in the Keweenaw Peninsula, a geologically-rich area, but your work can take you anywhere in the world.