Geosciences Research Overview
Geosciences Department research strengths span a wide range of depths and scales, and include fieldwork and studies from the local Colorado Front Range to Antarctica. Broad topics of study include fluvial geomorphology, energy geosciences, economic geology, structural geology, petrology, geochemistry, geochronology, sedimentology, tectonics, mineralogy, hydrogeology, geophysics, volcanology, paleoclimatology, and critical zone geoscience.
Faculty and staff research involves research opportunities at all levels, from undergraduates to postdoctoral scholars. Present research interests of the faculty can be broadly characterized into the following categories.
PETROLEUM GEOLOGY, SEDIMENTOLOGY, STRATIGRAPHY, AND LOW TEMPERATURE GEOCHEMISTRY
Hydrocarbon geosystems; sedimentology; diagenesis and geochemistry of shales and carbonates; sedimentation.
Hydrothermal ore deposits; hydrothermal fluid flow.
PETROLOGY, STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY, AND TECTONICS
GEOPHYSICS, GEODYNAMICS, AND SEISMOLOGY
CRITICAL ZONE GEOSCIENCE