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WVU Geology Faculty Develops Virtual Geology 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. 
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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.

Funded by the WVU Humanities Center through a WVU endowment from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, all of the projects offer a voice to those living in smaller towns and rural areas, as well as address what might otherwise be substantial gaps in our understanding of Life in the Time of COVID-19 in the Appalachian region.


Finding renewal in the aftermath of floods

Four years after the disastrous flooding in southern West Virginia, new research from West Virginia University’s Department of Geology and Geography highlights the role faith-based groups and other community organizations have played in the relief and recovery efforts.

In summer 2017, assistant professors of geography  Jamie Shinn and  Martina Angela Caretta in the  Eberly College of Arts and Sciences interviewed 21 Greenbrier County residents and members of relief organizations to understand the lasting effects of flooding in their communities. 

“Once we spent some time talking to people and seeing firsthand the devastating impacts the floods had there, we were motivated to understand the social impacts more deeply,” Shinn said. “In particular, we wanted to understand how the recovery efforts following the floods created a new sense of hope among residents that they could rebuild their towns into something better than they had been before the floods. Instead of the story being one of recovery, it became one of revitalization.”

Read more about flood recovery.

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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