Geology & Geophysics Academic Department MBLWHOI Institutional Class uri icon

The Department of Geology and Geophysics (G&G) conducts research into the role of the oceans in past climate change, the geologic structure and tectonics of the ocean basins and their margins, and the composition and dynamics of the Earth’s mantle. The Department today consists of about 31 Ph.D. level Scientific Staff and another 22 Technical Staff (many of whom hold Ph.D. degrees). In addition there are about 20 graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. and 12 Postdoctoral Scholars, Fellows and Investigators. 

The Scientific and Technical staff carry out research in a wide variety of disciplines in the marine geosciences including marine geophysics (seismology, electromagnetism, magnetics and gravity), tectonics, petrology and geochemistry, paleoceanography and coastal and margins geology. The G&G Department hosts a number of state-of-the-art analytical or instrumentation facilities including theNational Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Facility (NOSAMS ), the Northeast National Ion Microprobe Facility (NENIMF ), the Ice-Ocean Environmental Buoy Program (IOEB ), and part of the Ocean Bottom Seismic Instrumentation Pool.