Department News

  • Congratulations to Sara Denka, a PhD student advised by Dr. Zhang, on winning a NASA FSGC fellow under the Dissertation/Thesis Improvement Program
  • Congratulations to Meagan Weisner on winning the Student Research Presentation Award (awarded by the Water Resources Specialty Group) in AAG. 
  • Congratulations to PhD student Molly Smith who won the second place of Illustrated Paper Award of RSSG at AAG last week. Her paper is entitled as “Sand Analysis Using a Combined Spectroscopic and Microscopic Technique”



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Department of Geosciences
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 561-297-3250
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About the Program and Industry

The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University is housed on the Boca Raton campus and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in various subfields of the geosciences. The three main areas of focus in the department are earth systems sciencehuman-environmental systems and geo-information science.

We are proud of the research specialties that we have developed in hydrogeology, paleontology and paleo-environments, human-environmental modeling, and urban and regional development. The Department places a strong emphasis on fieldwork, GIS, remote sensing and other analytical techniques in geospatial modeling, and encourages interdisciplinary research.



NEW: Online Programs

MS in Geosciences, BA and BS in Geosciences with a Geography focus and GIS Certificate  Learn More

Geosciences now offers  online M.S. in Geosciences, B.S. in Geosciences with a Geography focus and B.A. in Geosciences with a Geography focus degrees that will give students an understanding of not only where phenomena are located upon the Earth’s surface, but how they came to be there. Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) is emphasized to analyze these spatial relationships.  

Also available to all students are fully online GIS Certificates. 

Student Spotlight:


Mosquitoes, alligators, crocodiles and pythons haven’t stopped Hannah Cooper from collecting important data on the impacts of sea level rise deep within the Florida Everglades. On Friday, May 4 at 5 p.m., her countless hours of intense field work will pay off when she graduates with her doctorate in geosciences from Florida Atlantic University. Following her graduation, Cooper will join the faculty in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at East Carolina University as a tenure-track assistant professor.


Faculty and Student Research

Xavier Comas, Ph.D. with the Environmental Geophysics Lab

Top Award

Xavier Comas, Ph.D. with the Environmental Geophysics Lab in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University, uses non-invasive near-surface geophysical technologies to create images of what lies beneath the Earth's surface in an effort to map the peatlands and understand how sea level rise would affect them.  Link to watch Dr. Comas' video

Dr. Comas' current research includes the use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), terrain conductivity, electrical resistivity and induced polarization (IP) for environmental applications with emphasis in wetlands and karst environments 

Matt McClellan: A Better Way to Probe Peat

Student Research

Ph.D. Student Matt McCllan employs a technology called ground-penetrating radar (GPR), which uses high-frequency radar pulses to quickly and noninvasively create below-the-surface images. Matt and his team led by Dr. Xavier Comas used GPR to determine the volume of peat in several depressional wetlands in the Disney Wilderness Preserve in Florida.