Interdisciplinary Research Groups
Earth Science is inherently cross-disciplinary. As a result, faculty in the Department of Geology collaborate closely as part of several established research and teaching organizations with colleagues from other departments on campus or at other institutions.
A sampling of these groups include:
- The Center for Ecology and Natural Resource Sustainability: Promoting an understanding of the natural environment and its resources through:
- scientific research
- education of students at Kent State University and beyond
- programs to restore and preserve the integrity or natural areas
To accomplish these goals, the Center serves as a focal point of organization for both people interested in ecological issues and the natural areas owned by Kent State University. Here you will find information about the research and educational opportunities in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Natural Resource Sustainability at Kent State University and the surrounding Northeast Ohio area.Members form Geology: Beth Herndon and Anne Jefferson.
- The Cenozoic Processes Working Group (contact: Alison J. Smith)
- Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative: In the emerging field of urban ecology and hydrology, Kent State has coordinated the hiring of four new research positions This initiative will augment existing academic and professional strengths in environmental science, ecology, water resources and regional and urban design and development. The new faculty will enable Kent State to be a national leader in the ecological reclamation of vacant land and in understanding how human impact affects the well-being of ecosystems in a geographical area. Please welcome our team to Kent State: an ecosystem-level ecologist, an urban geographer, a surface water hydrologist (Anne Jefferson, Geology) and a landscape architect/ecologist. Together, they will create a new focus on the application of environmental science to cultural, social and economic problems, such as aiding Northeast Ohio in facing profound ecological and land/water use challenges as it maps its post-industrial future. We expect this work to become a national model for research in urban ecology and hydrology, especially in linking aquatic and terrestrial processes in human-altered environments. The new faculty will create a world-class interdisciplinary program for undergraduate and graduate students in biology, geography, geology and urban design."