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



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

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The Department of Geological Sciences aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of Earth materials and processes, train students who will excel in the geoscience workforce, and create sustainable solutions to Earth-related societal needs. These aims are critical for all of society's institutions, and life in general, as non-renewable resources (hydrocarbons, metals) are depleted, renewable resources (water, soils) are increasingly contaminated, global environmental change threatens our current standard of living, and geological hazards become increasingly costly and deadly as populations grow. Successfully addressing such issues requires a clear understanding of the evolution of the Earth system and the natural forces that have influenced it over deep time, and how those processes operate in the modern Earth.

Climate change already showing affects at
Kennedy Space Center

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- The effects of climate change are already showing up in places from Miami to Alaska, scientists say, but two University of Florida geologists are focusing their attention on one especially noteworthy and vulnerable piece of waterfront real estate: Kennedy Space Center.

What’s more, they say, the problem could affect operations at the space center within the next decade.

“We were a little blind to it, like pre-Katrina New Orleans,” said one of the researchers, assistant professor Peter Adams of the UF Geological Sciences department. “Now that we’ve seen it, we’re sensitive to it.”

Adams and associate professor of geology John Jaeger, who have been studying Cape Canaveral’s dunes and beach since 2009, say the impacts became most apparent after Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

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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