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

Dr. Yalda receives "Educator of the Year" Award

Sepi YaldaDr. Sepi Yalda is a Professor of Meteorology, the Director of the Millersville University’s Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE), and serves as the Coordinator for the Master of Science in Emergency Management. (MSEM) program. The Educator of the Year Award is given annually to one faculty/staff member in recognition of sustained outstanding teaching, counseling, mentoring, and advising.

MU Professor receives "Student Ally of the Year" Award

Duane HagelgansDr. Duane Hagelgans, assistant professor of earth sciences at Millersville University (MU), was awarded Student Ally of the Year at the 63rd annual International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) conference on Nov 18, held in Nevada. Hagelgans, who was nominated by one of his students, received the award in recognition of being a trusted and dedicated student adviser, educator and community member since joining the University in 2007.

Scott Jacobs Receives 2015 DeSouza Award

DeSouza Award 2015Scott Jacobs of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) has been awarded the 2015 Russell L. DeSouza Award by the Unidata Users committee. The DeSouza Award honors “individuals whose energy, expertise, and active involvement enable the Unidata Program to better serve the geosciences.” Read more >>

MU Student Researchers in Ellis, Kansas!


Two Millersville University faculty members, fifteen undergraduate, and one graduate meteorology students spent much of this summer on the adventure of a lifetime studying nighttime thunderstorms in the Great Plains of Kansas. Millersville staged its operations at Ellis, KS, where it deployed a suite of ground-based and balloon-borne instruments. Read more about the massive Plains Elevated Convection at Night (PECAN) project >>

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.

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.

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Department of Earth Science
Millersville, PA 17551-0302