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Research indicates chemical plant explosion investigation should be swift, community members consulted


“If the investigation into the causes of this accident and what has been released is not swift and conclusive, and if state politicians do not recognize that environmental standards legislation around water and air pollution and chemical safety needs to be tackled head on and responsibly, this accident will prove my interviewees right yet one more time: industries in the state do not care about communities’ health and wellbeing.” —  Martina Angela Caretta,  assistant professor,  Department of Geology and Geography

Research Spotlight


Geology and Geography Professor featured on "Grand Mother Okra"

West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography professor Mehmet Oztan is featured in the latest episode of the Okra Pod Cast, "Grand Mother Okra." He discusses how okra is used and celebrated by individuals of Middle Eastern descent. Tune in to the episode.

Tune in to the episode..

WVU Humanities Center announces recipients of ‘Life in the Time of COVID-19’ grants

A WVU Geography assistant professor,  Jamie Shinn, was awarded one of seven “Life in the Time of COVID-19” grants to research projects that address the pandemic from a humanistic perspective.

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WVU Geology Faculty Develops Virtual Lab

When the coronavirus began to spread around the world in early 2020,  West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography's Graham Andrews knew he needed to act fast. He already had 3D photography software and a drone on hand for a volcanology research project. But with some quick thinking and the help of five students, an idea was born -- a virtual geology lab. 

Read more in Eberly Magazine.

Student Spotlight

Geology graduate student unlocking the history of life on Earth.


Growing up as a loyal fan of “Jurassic Park” in a family of nature lovers, geology student Sam Ocon always knew she wanted to be a paleontologist. Today, she is fulfilling her dream of studying invertebrate paleontology. Her research on the evolution of horseshoe crabs was selected for presentation at the Future Leaders of Paleontology session of the Geological Society of America’s 2020 annual meeting, held virtually last month.

Read more about her experience.

KrolcyzykMay the Quartz Be With You

As part of Earth Science Week 2020, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) intern and West Virginia University Department of Geology and Geography grad Emma Krolczyk helped share how quartz is used to study all kinds of things, from earthquakes to archaeology. Watch the video.

Read about Earth Science Week.

Hurricanes and Marginalization rothrock  

WVU Geography graduate student, Brandon Rothrock, work “Hurricanes and Marginalization: How Climate Disasters Affect LGBTQ+ Persons” is part of his year-long fellowship with the Rachel Carson Council.

Read more about his research. 

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We offer several student organizations to help you make the most of of your education.

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Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Selected students are awarded a $3,500 stipend for eight weeks of mentored research. An additional $2,000 is available for travel to a professional conference or for supplies.

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We invite speakers from around the world to talk with students and faculty within the department. 


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