Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences studies properties of Earth’s core, mantle and crust, and the processes of their evolution throughout geologic time. Ultimately, we seek to better understand the structure and dynamics of planetary interiors, and their interaction with surface environments. Multiple research groups are creating this fundamental knowledge by application and development of cutting edge approaches to observational geophysics (e.g. seismic and GPS studies), computational geodynamics, experimental mineralogy, and mantle and crustal petrology, geochemistry, basin analysis, and structural geology.
- Tectonics and Geodynamics (Caddick, Gazel, Hole, King, Law, Romans, Spotila, Stamps, Tracy, Zhou)
- Mantle Dynamics and Chemistry (Bodnar, Caddick, Gazel, King, Ross, Stamps, Zhou)
- Crustal and Lithosphere Dynamics (Caddick, Chapman, Hole, Law, Lowell, Spotila, Stamps, Tracy, Zhou)
- Earth Surface Processes (Eriksson, Romans, Spotila)
- Planetary Science (King, Lowell)