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Geochemistry and Geophysics

Dynamic processes of our planet’s interior over its history generated Earth’s habitable surface and are responsible for the natural distribution of mineral resources and geologic hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis. Solid Earth geochemistry and geophysics research at MSU addresses fundamental questions regarding the evolution of the Earth and the formation of geologic structures we observe today. We offer opportunities for students to study tectonics and petrology at field sites around the globe, to image the Earth’s interior, and to model physical and chemical processes using laboratory and computational methods


Susannah Dorfman - Experimental Mineralogy

Julie Elliott - Geodesy

Jeffrey Freymueller - Geodesy

Seth Jacobson - Planetary Science

Kevin Mackey - Earthquake Seismology

Allen McNamara - Geodynamics

Tyrone Rooney - Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry

Songqiao Wei - Seismology and Geophysics

Emeritus Faculty

Kazuya Fujita - Global Tectonics

Duncan Sibley - Geochemistry, sedimentary petrology

Adjunct Faculty

Lina Patiño - Analytical Geochemistry


Department Contact

Department Chair:
Dr. Jeffrey Freymueller
  (517) 355-4626

Department Office:
 Natural Science Bldg
288 Farm Lane, Rm 207
East Lansing, MI 48824
  (517) 355-4626
  (517) 353-8787