Middlebury College Geology students experience the excitement of the geological and environmental sciences in interesting, dynamic and fun settings in the Green Mountains, Adirondacks, Lake Champlain and beyond.

From studying soil evolution in Costa Rica to using mathematical models to understand how changing glaciers affect drought buffering in mountains, our faculty actively engage students in the exploration of the earth system.

We are committed to scientific and academic excellence in an inclusive and evolving environment.

Students working on the Folger research vessel on Lake Champlain.

About the Department

Teaching is our passion and research is an integral part of that teaching. Our research interests include ocean studies, lake studies, soil studies, structural geology, metamorphic and igneous petrology, geochemistry, and geomorphology. All of our research has a field and a lab component.

Since Vermont is a classic area for the study of mountain system evolution, one general theme of the program is to relate geological processes to the origin and evolution of global tectonic patterns, integrating data from the world’s oceans and continental areas.

Alum Lisa Luna in the field.

Alumni Highlights

Lisa Luna ’13, pictured, went on to work at NewClimate Institute in Berlin, Germany as a Climate Policy Analyst focused on policies and measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Luna also earned her M.Sc. in Geoscience from the University of Potsdam in Germany. She returned in fall 2021 to join us as a visiting professor.

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