Department News

  • Will Warren (MS Geology) won the "Best Student Poster" contest at the Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association's National Technical Conference in Stuart, Florida yesterday (see image attached).  

  • Congratulations to our students who receivedawards at the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA).  Julie Cisneros wins 2017 ASBPA Educational Award.  Corey Aitken wins 2017 ASBPA Nicholas Kraus Coastal Scholar Award. 
  • Dr. Comas will be the new president-elect for the near surface focus group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) starting in 2017. Congratulations!

  • Dr. Tiffany Roberts-Briggs receives the 2016 American Shore & Beach Preservation Association Award’s Committee (ASBPA) Member of the Year Award


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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.


Storm Surge presentation

Faculty Spotlight:

Storm-induced Coastal Morphodynamics

Standing Room Only for Dr. Tiffany Roberts Briggs from the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University  ‪#‎ FAU‬  Professor Briggs speaking on “Storm-induced Coastal Morphodynamics”

Faculty Spotlight:

The Intimate Relationship of Plants and People

Dr. Maria Fadiman, Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences and National Geographic Emerging Explorer gave a TEDx Talk in Cancun,
watch here.  GRCC Geography professor Michael DeVivo talks about the career of geography with Dr. Maria Fadiman of Florida Atlantic University, watch here


Dr. Maria Fadiman

Undergraduate Research

FAU Student Wins Top Prize at LSSF!

Top Award

FAU undergraduates presented their research at the Life Sciences of South Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium (LSSF). The symposium took place at Broward College, North Campus and showcased the scientific work of undergraduates from all over South Florida. Congratulations to Sarah Mitchell, who is mentored by Dr. Xavier Comas and Dr. Evelyn Frazier, for winning the first place poster award at LSSF! Sarah’s presentation was titled Investigating Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Limitations and Potential for Detection of Gopher Tortoise Subsurface Nests

FAU Undergraduates Present at Regional Research Conference.

UG Research

Four FAU undergraduate students (pictured left to right) Lauren Kuzbyt, Jesse Greathouse, Mark Olson, and Michael Mahoney  presented their research project entitled, Using Water Isotopes, Nutrients, and Water Level Data to Evaluate the Hydrologic Interactions Between a Constructed Wetland and Surrounding Urbanized Areas at the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America on April 1st, 2016. This project, under the research mentorship of  Dr. Tara Root , was supported by an OURI Undergraduate Research Grant.