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The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University is housed on the Boca Raton campus and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various subfields of the geosciences. The three main areas of focus in the department are earth systems sciencehuman-environmental systems and geo-information science.  The Department offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in both Geography and Geology, a M.A. degree in Geography, a M.S. degree in Geology and a Ph.D. degree in Geosciences.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our programs, facilities and faculty. We are proud of the research specialties that we have developed in hydrogeology, paleontology and paleo-environments, human-environmental modeling, and urban and regional development. The Department places a strong emphasis on fieldwork, GIS, remote sensing and other analytical techniques in geospatial modeling, and encourages interdisciplinary research. We have strong relationships with the Center for Environmental Studies, the Environmental Science Program, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning    





Department News

 OURIFAU Student Wins Top Prize at LSSF!

On Saturday April 2nd, 9 FAU undergraduates presented their research at the Life Sciences of South Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium (LSSF). The symposium took place at Broward College, North Campus and showcased the scientific work of undergraduates from all over South Florida. Congratulations to Sarah Mitchell, who is mentored by Dr. Xavier Comas and Dr. Evelyn Frazier, for winning the first place poster award at LSSF! Sarah’s presentation was titled Investigating Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Limitations and Potential for Detection of Gopher Tortoise Subsurface Nests

OURIFAU Undergraduates Present at Regional Research Conference.

Four FAU undergraduate students (pictured left to right) Lauren Kuzbyt, Jesse Greathouse, Mark Olson, and Michael Mahoney presented their research project entitled, Using Water Isotopes, Nutrients, and Water Level Data to Evaluate the Hydrologic Interactions Between a Constructed Wetland and Surrounding Urbanized Areas at the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America on April 1st, 2016. This project, under the research mentorship of Dr. Tara Root, was supported by an OURI Undergraduate Research Grant.

Dr. Tiffany Briggs

Storm-induced Coastal Morphodynamics

Standing Room Only for Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs from the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University  ‪#‎ FAU‬  Professor Briggs speaking on “Storm-induced Coastal Morphodynamics”

 The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People


Dr. Maria Fadiman, Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences and National Geographic Emerging Explorer gave a TEDx Talk in Cancun
Listen  here .


  Geography in the Workforce: Good News to Share

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisitcs (BLS), the "average Geographer earned more than $75,000 annually as of 2013...the BLS forcasts that these jobs will grow by 29%...between 2012 and 2022.




Dr. Charles Roberts receives 2016 FAU Excellence in eLearning Leadership Award

The AAG is pleased to announce that the Mel Marcus Fund for Physical Geography is awarded in 2016 to Hannah Cooper from the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.  

MS Student William Warren won the 2nd place award for best student poster presentation last week at Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association’s (FSBPA) National Conference

Recently Published:

Briggs, T.M.R., and Elko, N., 2016. Natural and Human-Induced Dynamics on Big Hickory Island, Florida. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 4(1), 14;doi:10.3390/jmse4010014.

Zhang, C., 2016. Multiscale Quantification of Urban Composition from EO-1/Hyperion Data Using Object-based Spectral Unmixing. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 47, 153-162.

Zhang, C., D. Selch, and H. Cooper, 2016. A Framework to Combine Three Remotely Sensed Data Sources for Vegetation Mapping in the Central Florida Everglades. Wetlands, DOI 10.1007/s13157-015-0730-7.






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777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL  33431
Phone: 561-297-3250
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