Soil lab – students making lab measurements for ESCI 4122/6122, Soils and Soil Processes
Dan Larsen – teaching lab methods / Soils and Soil Processes
Soil analysis – student taking beakers out of oven during soil analysis
Graduate student Graham Ellsworth at heart Mountain, Wyoming, M.S. field research
Graduate student Audrey Eason with undergraduate student Nick Jackson in background, Meeman-Shelby fault drilling project, Marion , Arkansas
ESCI 4622, Geology Field Camp, students measuring stream discharge and cooling off at Lead, South Dakota.
ESCI 4622, Geology Field Camp, students measuring and describing rocks at Deadwood, South Dakota.

Richly diverse, innovative and research focused.

Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences. We were founded in 2002 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences on the main campus of the University of Memphis. Our 14 full-time faculty represent the diverse disciplines of Archaeology, Geography, and Geology. Here, excellence is personal through a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to Earth Science studies and research. Faculty and students are free to pursue diverse and innovative education and research studies that might be difficult in more traditional academic departments. Earth Sciences maintains close ties to several centers and institutes on-campus: the Center for Earthquake Research and Information (CERI), the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER), Chucalissa Museum, and the Confucius Institute (CIUM). Our Archaeology faculty have common interests with other Archaeology-related programs at the University of Memphis.