MS Student April Phinney researches if tiny bits of quartz record the intensity of fires from hundreds or even thousands of years ago, potentially offering new ways to study historic fires and how heat affects soil.
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Museum of Geology
The Department of Geosciences at Utah State University focuses on research and education on Earth materials, the physical and chemical processes acting upon them, how landscapes evolve under those processes, and the history of Earth and its life. We maintain a tradition of field-oriented instruction, taking advantage of our location, although our research is largely conducted in laboratories and on computers.
The Geosciences, or Earth Sciences, include classical Geology as well as interdisciplinary study of the solid Earth’s interactions with water and hydrologic systems, climate systems, and biologic systems. Geoscientists use approaches from other disciplines to study our planet, such as in geophysics, geochemistry, and paleobiology and paleoecology. Geoscientists have important roles in the discovery and management of mineral, energy, and water resources, environmental and natural-hazard studies, land management, and education.
We recognize that Utah State University in Logan resides on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands in the Sihivigoi (Willow Valley) of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.