University of Florida
Department of Geological Sciences

241 Williamson Hall
PO Box 112120
Gainesville, Florida 32611-2120
Office: (352) 392-2231
Fax: (352) 392-9294



Current News
& Events . . .

Check out our Undergraduate Degree tracks and the new Environmental Geoscience BA.

Seminar Series! If you have questions contact the department by e-mail ( or call (352) 392-2231.

Spring 2014 Syllabi

Rocky Gator PDF

UF Faculty in the News






Our quest in the Geological Sciences is to understand the dynamic physical and chemical changes that have occured over the past 4.6 billion years in order to meet the challenges that are presented by the rapid changes Earth experiences today.

We are charting a course to the future
based on the knowledge of the past.

We strive to understand global climate change, catastrophic events such as tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, mountain building, rising sea level, diminishing water and mineral resources, and the history of life with a goal to forge a better relationship between modern society and the natural environment in which we dwell.

Research team headed by UF professor found evidence of oil residue in Gulf two years after BP spill

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Oil residue remained in the Gulf of Mexico two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to a study headed by a University of Florida professor.

A team lead by professor Thomas S. Bianchi, who holds the Jon and Beverly Thompson Endowed Chair of Geological Sciences, analyzed water samples taken from Gulf waters in 2012 and concluded that dispersants intended to speed the breakup of the oil and hasten its decomposition appear to have enhanced the oil’s solubility in water, resulting in a shift in the optical properties of the oil and its degradation into smaller hydrocarbon molecules. Read more.

Outcrop of Honor

Outcrop brochurePut your name -- or memorial -- on the wall . . . Commemorate your link to UF Geological Sciences, or memorialize someone or some time that was special to you! Here’s a tangible way for alumni and friends of the department to treasure those memories—the Outcrop of Honor recognition wall. By putting your personal message on a brass nameplate affixed to a beautiful 12”x12” natural polished rock slab, your connection to the department will be recognized permanently inside Williamson Hall. Take a look at the slab samples (remember, the color on your monitor may be slightly different than the actual stone color). Order your piece of the Outcrop of Honor recognition wall today by completing the application at this link: Outcrop of Honor brochure pdf or call (352) 392-2231.
Outcrop of Honor