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.

The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU announces a search to fill a named professorship honoring WB Hamilton.  PDF Link

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  • Department Group
    About the Department

    The Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences was established by a historic gift to SMU’s Dedman College from the Honorable Roy M. Huffington, ’38.

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  • Quest to Understand North Texas Earthquakes

    The North Texas Earthquake Study team is being led by Drs. Heather DeShon, Matthew Hornbach, Beatrice Magnani, and Brian Stump. Please report any earthquake activity you experience to the USGS "Did You Feel It?" site.


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    Earth Sciences Seminar Series

    The Roy M. Huffington Earth Sciences Seminar Series presents Dr. Thomas Darrah of Ohio State University on Friday, October 16, 2015. For the entire fall 2015 schedule, click here.

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