Earth and Environmental Science Department Facilities

Faculty and student research is supported by cutting-edge analytical instruments, including the following, among others.

  • Water quality loggers
  • Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Ground-penetrating radar and electrical resistivity tomography
  • Ground-based LIDAR surveying equipment
  • Mass spectrometry (including ICP-OES)
  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence

Students also have access to networked computers, printers and workstations.

Learn more about the College of Science and Technology research institutes and centers.

Faculty Research Specialties

Faculty research includes the following fields.

  • Coastal dynamics and geomorphology
  • Ecohydrology and land-use change
  • Energy
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Environmental geophysics and remote sensing
  • hazards
  • Hydrogeology and groundwater contamination
  • Low-temperature geochemistry
  • Materials and mineralogy
  • Nanomaterials
  • Paleontology and fossil provenance
  • Planetary geology
  • Polar geophysics and glaciology
  • Precambrian geology
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Soils
  • Structural geology
  • Urban hydrology

Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education lists Temple University as an R1 institution for “highest research activity,” placing it among the top 4% of all four-year institutions in the United States.