Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences serves as a core discipline in Dedman College and helps students ponder some of the most pressing issues of our day including climate change, natural resources and hazards. The study of the Earth places the consequences of our activities such as pollution, land use, resource exploitation and population growth into the greater framework of Earth history and planetary evolution.

With funding from organizations such as the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy and the National Science Foundation, Earth Sciences has achieved international recognition in the research areas of seismology, geothermal studies and paleoclimatology. Recently, an Earth Sciences faculty member helped develop a pilot project on setting up a seismic network on the Moon.

Earth Sciences was one of the University’s first Ph.D.-granting departments. SMU grants undergraduate degrees in geology, geophysics, environmental geology, environmental sciences and environmental studies, and in geology, geophysics and applied geophysics at the graduate level.

Paleosols 2017


  • Engaged Learning
    SMU Engaged Learning 2017

    Congratulations to Dr. Rita Economos and Dr. Bonnie Jacobs, winners of the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Engaged Learning Graduates! This award annually recognizes SMU mentors who have generously invested their time, feedback and guidance throughout their mentee's project and played a significant role in their mentee's professional and personal development.

  • N Tabor
    Dr. Neil Tabor Named GSA Fellow 2017

    Dr. Neil John Tabor, SMU Earth Sciences Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Environmental Science/Studies Program has been elected to Society Fellowship of The Geological Society of America (GSA) this spring of 2017. The University, the department, and particularly Dr. Tabor's former and current students proudly congratulate him on this most deserved recognition.

    "For outstanding contributions to the study of paleosols, paleoclimatology, Paleozoic paleoenvironments, and isotope geochemistry, coupled with exceptional service to GSA."

  • Campus tree
    Earth Sciences Seminar Series

    The Roy M. Huffington Earth Sciences Seminar Series will begin again for spring semester on January 26, 2018. The series is held every Friday from noon to 1:00 pm in Heroy, Room 153 and is free and open to the public.

    For the spring '18 schedule in progress, click here

    Learn more »