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Geology research extends further than just field work, we use our understanding of relative dating, surface water permeability, mineral identification and use of software processes to not only understand the past but to help build the future. Explore the links below to learn about experimental and theoretical research and our facilities that we have to offer.

Research Areas

Research foci

Energy and Mineral Resources

How will we responsibly acquire and transport oil and natural gas to fuel our nation? How will we evaluate and extract mineral resources? The department is asking questions about the biogeochemistry of unconventional natural gas reservoirs and geological carbon storage.

Earth Surface Processes and the Environment

K-State geologists want to know about the impacts of natural hazards, the quality and quantity of water resources, and how to predict and manage key processes in Earth's Critical Zone. How will environments respond to future stresses? What biological, geochemical, and geomorphic processes impact Earth's Critical Zone?

Evolution and Solid Earth

The Department of Geology is digging deep to better understand the processes that have shaped Earth's crust and mantle. How are magmas generated and how do they evolve? What are the links among tectonism, magmatism, and ore deposits? Research is uncovering processes of mantle evolution and geodynamics.

Faculty research areas

The table below provides a summary of research areas in our department. For non-geologists, it may be unclear how different subdisciplines of geology can be applied. For example, some of the geochemistry, geomicrobiology, and sedimentary geology research in our department is related to understanding climate, including modern controls on Earth's climate and past variation in climate (i.e., paleoclimate). But, non-geologists might not recognize that these subdisciplines can contribute to climate research. The table attempts to shed light on those linkages. More details about specific research interests of our faculty are available on their individual faculty pages. If you would like to learn more, we encourage you to contact them directly.

Research Areas and Topics

Related subdisciplines Faculty

Geochemistry, Geomicrobiology, Sedimentary Geology, Geochronology, Geomorphology, Quarternary Geology

Goldberg, Kirk, Spencer
Deep Earth Processes Geophysics, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology Adam, Brueseke, Kempton, Lacroix
Earth Surface Processes Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Geochronology, Quaternary Geology, Sedimentary Geology Goldberg, Kirk, Spencer
Geological Carbon Storage Geochemistry, Geomicrobiology, Geophysics Kirk, Raef
Mineral Resources Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Structural Geology Brueseke, Kempton, Lacroix
Earthquakes and Volcanoes Geochronology, Igneous Petrology, Quaternary Geology, Structural Geology Brueseke, Kempton, Lacroix, Spencer
Coastal and Ocean Processes Geophysics, Geochronology, Geomorphology, Quaternary Geology Spencer
Oil and Gas Resources Geophysics, Petroleum Geology, Petrophysics, Sedimentary Geology Gad, Ghanbarian, Goldberg, Lambert, Raef
Water and Soil Resources

Environmental Geology, Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Geomicrobiology, Geophysics, Geochronology, Geomorphology, Quaternary Geology

Adam, Ghanbarian, Kirk, Spencer

Student projects

"Science is more than a body of knowledge. It's a way of thinking; a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility." - Carl Sagan

Research is a central component of the graduate program. But, we also encourage undergraduate students to get involved in research and to not wait until they are a senior. We don't just want our students to learn about science. We also want them to get experience doing science. We integrate the scientific process within our course offerings . But, it is ideal if students build on their course work by completing an individual project.

How to get started? A good first step would be to learn about the research our faculty are guiding by looking at their webpages and then emailing those whose interests match your own. Once connected with a faculty member, the student will want to discuss opportunities to obtain credit hours for their research activities.