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.

  • 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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    In the News

    Dr. Heather DeShon leads a team of SMU scientists in studying the Reno-Azle earthquake activity. Link to North Texas Earthquake Study

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    Earth Sciences Seminar Series

    On Friday, September 26th, we welcome Dr. Henry Dick from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. For the complete fall 2014 semester schedule, click here, and check back for updates.  

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