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Research Opportunities

Our research facilities, along with those of our collaborators, provide the technology and tools needed to conduct your research. Numerous research opportunities are available for graduate and undergraduate students.

Geology majors research inside the earth and on its surface, as well as across the solar system. Our faculty conduct internationally recognized, externally funded research on many parts of the earth system.

  • Geochemistry
  • Computational Hydrology & Geothermal Systems
  • Geodynamics
  • Geochronology & Thermochronology
  • Glacier Dynamics
  • Hydrogeologic Modeling & Site Characterization
  • Paleoclimatology & Paleontology
  • Planetary Science
  • Natural Resources
  • Tectonic Sedimentology & Basin Analysis
  • Volcanology

Geography emphasizes the integration of human and physical geography in a research setting and encourages the use of geospatial technologies including GIS, cartography, remote sensing, and computational analysis. A diverse set of faculty research interests include:

  • Climate variability and change
  • Climate change impacts on plants and animals
  • Urbanization and regional development in globalizing China and Asia
  • Spatial ecology and environmental change
  • Spatial fire ecology
  • Spatial diffusion of armed conflict
  • Hazards and hazard mitigation
  • Natural resource applications of GIS
  • Alpine glaciology
  • Quantitative political geography


The Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences offers laboratories, GPS equipment, rock cutting and crushing machinery, and an Electron Microscopy.

Learn about our facilities


Department of Earth and Spatial Sciences

Physical Address:
McClure 201

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3021
Moscow ID, 83843-3021

Geography: 208-885-6216
Geology: 208-885-6192