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Greetings from the Geology Department!

When Sir Charles Lyell visited the falls and gorge of Niagara in 1841, he marveled that they were essential for understanding earth history, and calculated the first numerical constraint on the Earth’s age using the recession rate of the falls. Today, the UB Department of Geology carries on Lyell’s tradition at the source of American geology with cutting-edge research on volcanoes and geologic hazards, climate change and polar research, environmental science, and evolutionary ecology.

The University at Buffalo is a public research institution, with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in geology. Our department provides a small college atmosphere in the midst of a large university.  Undergraduate class sizes are typically 15-25 students, and almost all taught by dedicated, full-time faculty.

Departmental Leadership

Chair of the Department

Marcus Bursik, PhD    
415 Cooke Hall          
(716) 645-3489 

Director of Graduate Studies

Greg Valentine, PhD
421 Hochstetter Hall
(716) 645-4295

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jason Briner, PhD
410 Hochstetter Hall
(716) 645-4326