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 »

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Geology group uses Wintermester for exploring the Aysen region in Patagonia, Chile.

Patagonia field research team
Patagonia field research team

A group of explorers departed from the US on Dec. 27 and returned on Jan. 11. Led by Radford University faculty members Dr. Ryan Sincavage and Dr. Beth McClellan, six RU undergraduates: Loukas Rimanelli, Nash Stevens, Emily Whately (geology) Emily DeCamp (psychololgy), Aubree Marshall (biology/anthropology), Jack Kulaga (undeclared but has since joined geology), one undergrad from Virginia Tech (Jordyn Del Rosario, geology), one undergrad from University of Colorado Denver (Jonathan Miller, geography), and one masters student from CU-Denver (Robert Nass, geography) traveled to Chile to explore the Aysen region.

The main learning objectives were to immerse the students in the culture and landscapes of the Aysen region of Patagonia, Chile. With the assistance of a local guiding service, the team embarked on a 10-day backpacking excursion through a remote region east of the northern Patagonian ice field (the Aysen Glacier Trail- approximately 70 km long), exploring the outlet valley streams and glaciers and associated sediments.

Students were required to research a topic of relevance to the region to present to the group in the field- topics included glacier dynamics, local people’s perceptions of environmental change, how the human immune system responds to changing environments, conditioning in farm animals, Chilean folklore and legends, and use of UAS to study environmental change. We crossed numerous lakes and streams, as well as the Nef Glacier, and students spent some time on local ranches learning about gaucho culture and the ranching lifestyle.

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