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.

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    Current Newsletter

    Tracking Surface Motion on the Earth

    Baldwin Hills Dam Disaster, 1963

    News of alumni, faculty & friends

    December 2016

  • Seminar Presenter
    Earth Sciences Seminar Series

    On Friday, March 24th, the Roy M. Huffington Earth Sciences Seminar Series presents Dr. Keith Koper from the University of Utah. The seminar series is every Friday from noon to 1:00 pm in Heroy, Room 153 and is free and open to the public.

    For the spring '17 schedule, click here

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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.