Courses Offerings

Spring 2024

Natural Disasters (SEL)
Subject associations
GEO 103

An introduction to natural (and some society-induced) hazards and the importance of public understanding of the issues related to them. Emphasis is on the geological processes that underlie the hazards, with discussion of relevant policy issues tied to reading recent newspaper/popular science articles. Principal topics: Earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, tsunami, hurricanes, floods, meteorite impacts, global warming. Intended primarily for non-science majors.

Instructors
Blair Schoene

Fall 2024

Geodynamics Seminar: Origin and Evolution of the Continental Lithosphere
Subject associations
GEO 556

Despite its volumetric insignificance on Earth, the continental lithosphere is an immensely important geochemical reservoir, hosts the terrestrial biosphere, and impacts plate tectonics and therefore mantle convection. This course surveys how and why continental lithosphere is formed, preserved, and destroyed throughout Earth history. We tap into datasets collected using structural geology, geochemistry and petrology, radiogenic and stable isotopes, seismology, gravity, and heat flow, all of which are used to inform numerical and theoretical models.

Instructors
Blair Schoene

Previous Semesters

Fall Courses

Structural Geology (SEL)
Subject associations
GEO 373
Instructors
Blair Schoene
Earth History (SEN)
Subject associations
GEO 362 / ENV 362
Instructors
John A. Higgins
Blair Schoene

Spring Courses

Rocks (SEL)
Subject associations
GEO 372
Instructors
Blair Schoene
Undergraduate Course
Spring 2021
Responsible Conduct of Research in Geosciences (Half-Term)
Subject associations
GEO 503 / AOS 503
Instructors
Regan H. Crotty
Thomas S. Duffy
John A. Higgins
Larry W. Horowitz
Sonya A. Legg
Catherine A. Riihimaki
Allan M. Rubin
Blair Schoene
Frederik J. Simons
Jeroen Tromp
Gabriel A. Vecchi
Graduate Studies
Spring 2021
Quantifying Geologic Time
Subject associations
GEO 464
Instructors
Elizabeth Niespolo
Blair Schoene
Undergraduate Course
Spring 2022