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Welcome to Graduate Studies in the Department of Earth Sciences. Graduate students are supervised at a personal and close level due to the small and selective intake of students admitted into the program each year. Research fields that are currently active in the graduate program reflect the areas of specialization and interests of faculty. The following list provides a sampling of potential research thesis topics: glacial geology and geomorphology, palynological applications in petroleum geology, watershed geochemistry, lichen biomonitoring, marine and terrestrial palynology, stream flow dynamics, isotope carbonate geochemistry, the structural geology of Earth and Mars, climate change, and Quaternary geology. The interrelated aspects of these fields and studies provide both a basic understanding of the geological processes that shaped our Earth and the basic knowledge to formulate trends and predict future and concerns with the changing atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Students are active participants in these projects to solve some major geological concerns and processes.
The Department is currently accredited to award the degree of M.Sc. by research. Departmental faculty are also engaged in the supervision of PhD students based at other universities.