The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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Are you interested in participating in a unique learning environment? Then please join us for GEOFYRST! 

GEOFYRST is a 6-day field experience before the start of classses in August and is open to incoming freshman and transfer students. You just need to register for a special section of GEOL 120 and fill out an application to participate. Click here for our GEOFYRST page.

Department News

Congratulations to our graduates!

David Amann, Nick Byrnes, Shannon Cameron*, Richard DePolo**, Kimberlin Deveans*, Rebecca Fildes, Kelly Graham, Kelsey Heyne, William Hynes*, Jennifer Isler**, Ryan Jacobs, Stefanie Lewis, Danielle Magee*, Christopher Morrill*, Kelley Murphy, Kaitlyn O'Flynn*, John Obee, Andrew Platt, Anthony Pollard, Andrew Port, Monique Rutte, Shannon Scully, Yasuhiro Shinohara*, Cassidy Wachtel*, Derek Walling, Andrew Ward, Kerry Winters*, Emily Yntema.

* December 2015 graduate       ** August 2015 graduate

Check out the cutting-edge scientific research performed by our students! Click here for a PowerPoint

Check out weather forecasts made by our students in the Meteorology Club! The forecasts are tailored to Oneonta and more can be found on their Twitter page! Oneonta Forecasts

Click here for a short video featuring 2005 meteorology graduate Erick Adame being interviewed about his Oneonta experience


Did you know that there is a page of links for internships on this site? Click here for internship, grad schools, and REU links

Alumni News

The 2014 Alumni Newsletter is here. Please enjoy reading about alumni, current students, and other department news. Watch for the 2016 update, coming soon!

Congratulations goes to Terry Quinn (Class of 1982), Don Berchoff (Class of 1984), and Malcolm Field (Class of 1981)! They were honored at the SUNY Alumni of Distinction ceremony held on September 5, 2014 at Hunt Union. Please see the 2014 Alumni Newsletter for more information!

Heather McArdle (Class of 1993) and an ESOP teacher has been awarded the 2014 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation's Teacher of the Year. Congratulations Heather! It's wonderful news to see one of our own achieve this award. Click here to read about Heather's achievement.

Contact us: Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department, (607) 436-3707 or



Jillian Young

"Whether you may be a geology major or not, GEOFYRST is such an incredible and valuable experience. I was able to develop relationships with new students, as well as professors, that still continue today. Getting the chance to go out in the field is like no other.  It is a great advantage to have the hands-on practice that can be brought back into the classroom. Overall, GEOFYRST is an unforgettable trip that is a great transition into the department and college."