Marine Geology

Across multiple Departments within the School, marine geologists explore the intersection of water, sediments, and life in the deepest regions of Earth’s oceans.  Students and faculty pursue research topics ranging from microbial  chemical transformations in our environment, to remote sensing mapping of the seafloor.   Staff seek to understand the processes responsible for the creation and destruction of important natural resources, seafloor mud volcanism, and tectonic subduction. Using ships, remote sensing systems, and innovative analytical methods, ongoing research in SOEST aims to place new constraints on the chemical evolution of our oceans and atmosphere, and the underlying physical processes that govern this history.