Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences


The Department of Earth Sciences offers comprehensive programs of study leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Meteorology, Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies, and Geology. We also offer a program for earning a Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences, with an option in Environmental Geology, and a Bachelor of Science in Education in Earth Science with a teaching certification in Earth and Space Science. In 2012 the Department launched a Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications with specializations in Weather Intelligence and Risk Management, Climate Science Applications, Geoinformatics, and Environmental Systems Management.

Department News

AMS Publishes Space Weather Report by MU Meteorology Student

Mike Cook Meteorology student, Mike Cook, is interning this summer at the University of Colorado through a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Mike's Space Weather report (pdf) has just been published by the AMS. In addition, Mike serves as the student representative to the American Meteorological Society Science and Technology Committee on Space Weather.

3-2-1 Ignition

Yorks & Selmar

MU alums Dr. John Yorks (left), science lead on CATS, and Patrick Selmer, programmer and algorithm developer, pose in front of the ER-2 research aircraft. Dr. John Yorks (2006) and Patrick Selmer (2010), have played a major role in the development of NASA’s Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument and science algorithms. CATS launched on January 10, 2015 from Cape Canaveral, FL on a SPACE-X rocket. CATS is a Lidar (laser) remote-sensing instrument that will measure atmospheric aerosols and clouds from the International Space Station (ISS). The CATS payload will improve our understanding of aerosol and cloud properties and interactions, as well as improve climate change models. CATS is specifically intended to demonstrate a low-cost, streamlined approach to developing ISS science payloads. Read more on CATS >>

DES faculty and students participate in WACS II


Dr. Robert Vaillancourt, Evan Ntonados (OSCS/MET) and Jeremiah Stone (BIOL/OSCS) participated in a NOAA-sponsored project, the West Atlantic Climate Study (WACS II) aboard the research vessel (RV) Knorr, a 279-foot global class research ship, from May 18 to June 7. The focus of WACS II was to determine the links between surface ocean phytoplankton and the production of freshly-emitted sea-spray aerosols, organic compounds produced by phytoplankton that are then ejected to the lower atmosphere and impact Earth’s climate by attenuating incoming solar radiation and providing cloud condensation nucleii. The multi-investigator study site extended from just south of Nova Scotia Canada to the waters around Bermuda, and was headed by NOAA scientist Dr. Patricia Quinn, of the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle WA. The Millersville University contribution was to measure phytoplankton biomass and species composition in the ocean’s upper mixed layer.

Meteorology students take part in lake-effect snow study


Fierce wind speed at 50-60 mph, snow accumulation of 5 inches/hr, and a wind chill of ‐40 F, while launching sounding balloons at 3:00am were just a few of the challenges that a group of 22 students from Millersville University had to face during a two-month field project to study lake-effect snow systems in upstate New York. Read more & visit snow flake photo gallery >>

Dr. DeCaria Authors Book on Numerical Modeling

decaria bookDr. DeCaria has recently published a book titled A First Course in Atmospheric Numerical Modeling, along with co-author Glenn Van Knowe who was a full-time, temporary faculty member at Millersville during the 2001-2002 academic year. Their book is published by Sundog Publishing, and is based on a course that Dr. DeCaria developed and teaches at Millersville. Learn more >>

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Department of Earth Science
Millersville, PA 17551-0302