Welcome to the Geology Department at Radford University!

We are a small but full-service program that provides students with a basic framework for a professional career in the field of geology, for graduate studies in geology, or for licensure to teach earth and space science. Although our students enter a wide variety of professions within the field of geology, from volcanology, glaciology to tectonics, we take pride in our Environmental and Engineering Concentration that provides our students with hands-on experience in the technology and equipment that is used in the geotechnical and environmental field. We are located in the beautiful Valley and Ridge of southwest Virginia, and classic rock exposures and research opportunities of wide variety are close to campus. Learn more about the Geology Department »

Dr. Sincavage

The Geology Department is pleased to share news of addition of a new tenure-track faculty member – Dr. Ryan Sincavage who comes to us from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Sincavage has over 20 years of experience in academia and industry with a focus on understanding how surface processes are transmitted and stored into the sedimentary record. After he finished his undergraduate degree from Penn State, he spent 4 years in the oilfield services industry working on 3-D seismic vessels in basins all around the world, from the Gulf of Mexico, offshore Canada, Brazil, and west Africa. He completed his Masters at the University of Colorado, followed by several years in the environmental consulting industry, mainly working on geophysical detection of unexploded ordnance (UXO) at former military installations across the U.S. His true passion was for teaching, however, and after a 1.5 year stint as an adjunct lecturer in the department of Geography and Enviornmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, he was hired as a full-time instructor. He recently finished his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, focusing on the myriad ways fluvial system dynamics interact with active tectonics and climate to create the complex stratigraphic record of the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in Bangladesh.

Ryan is happiest when out in the field collecting data, and his favorite courses to teach include those with a large field component. An east coaster originally, he grew up just off I-81 in upstate New York and is excited to be back in the Appalachian Mountains of his youth. He looks forward to many years of mentoring the great students of the geology department at Radford through coursework and exciting research projects locally, regionally, and internationally. When not prepping for class or working on his research, you can usually find him hiking in the forests and mountains with his dog Juno, cycling on windy back roads, skiing (either downhill or cross-country) during the winter, and finishing the day with some good music and a pint of local craft beer (or his own- he has been home brewing for 20 years).

News & Events

  1. Radford University Geology Department digitizes and donates maps to local Scout reservation  »


    Generations of Scouts will be able to better navigate and explore a beloved outdoor destination thanks to the efforts of Radford University's Geology Department.

  2. Radford University celebrates historic announcement and names the Artis College of Science and Technology »


    Radford University announced today that alumna Nancy E. Artis ’73 and H. Pat Artis, Ph.D. will contribute $5 million to Radford University to establish the Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund.

  3. Fire Ecology students participate in prescribed burn at Selu »


    Students in Radford University Associate Professor Karen Power's Fire Ecology course got a fiery hands-on experience in the field this month.

  4. Radford research and faculty featured in Science Channel Show »


    Radford University Geology Instructor George "Paki" Stephenson was featured in an episode of "Secrets of the Underground," a new Science Channel television show that explores strange subterranean locations in the country.

  5. Summer Bridge provides rich and inspiring experience for aspiring women scientists  »


    There was no fishing from the Summer Bridge or dangling one’s feet into the drifting current on a warm sunny day.

  6. RU Geology student earns professional recognition and experience »


    Senior geology major Robert Huber was recognized as a Martin L. Stout Scholarship recipient at the annual meeting of the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG). 

  7. Final 2015 Museum of Earth Sciences Lecture probes landmark disappearance »


    Radford University Geology Professor Skip Watts and Geology Lab Coordinator George Stephenson explored the case of the disappearing Mountain Lake for the Museum of the Earth Sciences Lecture on April 7 in the Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium.

  8. Geology professional association gathering features RU research »


    Radford University geology students and faculty presented talks and poster sessions of original research at the 2015 annual conference of the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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