Earth and Ocean Sciences

Earth and Ocean Sciences
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology
Geography and Geology


Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences Research Profile*

*Amongst 17 Tenure-Track Faculty

Peer-Reviewed Publications 38
Active External Grants 30
Active External Grants Funding $5,350,000
Presentations at Professional Meetings 74
Editorial Board Memberships 7


The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning, working, and social environment. We believe that all members of the campus community should interact in a mutually respectful, professional, and fair manner. We oppose and will not tolerate hostile environment harassment nor the rhetoric of intolerance and bigotry of any kind, including but not limited to racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, misogyny, and religious intolerance. We repudiate verbal and emotional harassment and bullying which undermine, patronize, humiliate, intimidate, or demean others, as these may be as painful and damaging as direct physical threats.

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS),

If you are interested in acquiring an in-depth understanding of our planet and its many incredible natural systems, you’ve come to the right place.  Our faculty research all spheres (atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere) of the Earth and their interactions using cutting-edge techniques and technologies.  As just a few limited examples, at any time you might find our faculty and students:

  • Excavating early human artifacts in Europe to better understand the changing environmental conditions that likely shaped the evolution of Homo sapiens and our ancestors;
  • High in the Himalaya, Appalachian, Sierra Nevada, and Klamath Mountains studying how mountains form and evolve over millions of years;
  • Down in the blistering heat of Death Valley reconstructing past earthquake activity and modern-day plate tectonic behavior;
  • Strapping cutting-edge sensors to surfboards to monitor modern ocean chemistry;
  • Analyzing modern, historical, and prehistoric records of hurricanes all over the planet to better understand their changing behavior through time;
  • Using satellites to identify ancient river channels in northern Africa created under very different climate regimes than today;
  • Flying unmanned aerial vehicles above African savannahs, North American barrier islands, and coastal wetlands around the world to study vegetation dynamics in response to natural and anthropogenic disturbance;
  • Collecting sediments and fossils anywhere from the sunny tropics to the freezing poles to better understand how climate has changed over thousands to millions of years;
  • Monitoring deep sea volcanoes with a host of sensors to better understand their evolution and modern-day behavior;
  • Imaging the ocean floor with the latest sensor technology to identify ancient glacial outburst flood events and coastal evolution;
  • And, of course, right here in coastal North Carolina studying pollutants, climate change, wildfire, sea level rise, coastal erosion, and a host of other variables affecting humans and natural systems, as just a few examples.

I encourage you to explore each of our faculty’s research and, of course, reach out if you are interested in any of these topics!  Our department offers four undergraduate degree programs (B.A. Geography and Geospatial Science; B.S. Geology; B.A. Geoscience; and B.S. Oceanography) as well as a graduate program (M.S. Geoscience) and two certificate programs (Geospatial Intelligence Certificate; Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems).  Several of our faculty also regularly advise students in the M.S. Marine Science graduate degree program.

If you have any questions about the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, please do not hesitate to contact the most relevant individual listed below:


Dr. Chad Lane
Department Chair


Dr. Andrea Hawkes
Graduate Coordinator


Dr. Scott Nooner
Undergraduate Coordinator


Dr. Narcisa Pricope
Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and Graduate Certificate in GIS Coordinator


We offer the following degrees:

In addition, many faculty participate in either the Master of Arts (M.A.) in liberal studies or the Master of Science (M.S.) in marine science

Contact Us 

DeLoach HallDepartment of Earth and Ocean Sciences
University of North Carolina Wilmington
DeLoach Hall
Department Office - DL 102 
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5944
Tel: 910 962-3490
Fax: 910 962-7077

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