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The Environment and Energy Group at UB is composed of three faculty and typically 10 to 15 graduate students. The group's efforts focus on field, laboratory, and numerical studies within the field of environmental geology.

UB Geology drives innovation in the field.  Our internationally active researchers investigate the most enduring questions on Earth.

Lava from scratch? Only at UB.

Dr. Ingo Sonder, lead scientist at the University at Buffalo's Center for GeoHazards Studies, creates homemade lava by heating basaltic rock in a high-powered induction furnace. 

Once the mixture is red hot and bubbling at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, it's ready to pour and Sonder's research into the danger that volcanoes near ice, lakes, oceans, and underground water sources pose to surrounding communities can begin.

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