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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    William B. Hamilton Chair in Earth Sciences

    The William B. Hamilton Chair in Earth Sciences was established in 1921 by Pearl Walker Hamilton and William B. Hamilton. It is the second oldest endowed chair in SMU history. Currently, the department is searching to fill this distinguished position.

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    J.H. Hamilton Visiting Scholar

    The department welcomes Dr. Cliff Frohlich, the J.H. Hamilton Visiting Scholar.

    Dr. Frohlich will be lecturing and collaborating with SMU geophysicists thanks to a generous endowment from the Jack and Jane Hamilton family.

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    Earth Sciences Seminar Series

    The Roy M. Huffington Earth Sciences Seminar Series will begin again in Fall 2018.

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