Montana State University


Department of Earth Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173480
Bozeman, MT 59717-3480

Tel: (406) 994-3331
Fax: (406) 994-6923
Location: 226 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Mogk

Department News/Information


Cathy Whitlock will highlight Yellowstone ecosystem in provost’s lecture

In the first presentation of this academic year’s Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Series, Cathy Whitlock will emphasize the importance of the Yellowstone ecosystem. Whitlock, a professor of earth sciences and MSU director of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems, has spent more than three decades researching the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. To read the full article click here.


Horner wins lifetime achievement award from Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Montana State University paleontologist Jack Horner has won the highest honor given by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Read the full story here.


A Fossil Mecca

MSU Students revitalizing Carter County Museum. Read the full story here.

WISSARD project explores subglacial lake (Antarctica Special Assignment: Part 4) KBZK Reports

To view the news special click here.


First class of MSU undergraduates heads to Antarctic Peninsula

December 03, 2012 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Servic
BOZEMAN - Eight Montana State University students majoring in everything from English to earth sciences will soon head to Antarctica to learn more about the ecology, climate and geopolitics of the Antarctic Peninsula. Read More...


Article in the April print version of Earth Magazine, published by American Geosciences Institute entitled “Ice-dwelling bacteria thrive”. The article is based on the results of the following paper Bakermans, C. and Skidmore, M. (2011b). Microbial Respiration in Ice at Subzero Temperatures (-4 to -33oC). Environmental Microbiology Reports, 3(6), 774-782. The April print issue of Earth Magazine.


MSU geology professor heads for Mount Everest

March 16, 2012 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


MSU paleontologists excavate dinosaur clutches in China

February 08, 2012 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


Department of Earth Sciences and Institute on Ecosystems receives Joint Fire Science Program grant to develop Northern Rockies Fire Science Network with team of fire scientists from the Northern Rockies

The USDA Joint Fire Science Program has awarded a two-year grant to a collaboration of university and federal scientists involved in fire science research to develop a Northern Rockies Fire Science Network (NRFSN) - Knowledge Exchange Consortium.  The purpose of the NRFSN is to improve fire science and delivery to forest managers, identify research gaps and strengthen collaborations between fire science researchers and managers.  David McWethy from the Department of Earth Sciences is a Co-PI on the grant with scientists from the University of Montana, Salish-Kootenai College, University of Idaho-Moscow, National Park Service, US Geological Survey and the Rocky Mountain Research Station.


Dinosaur hunter: Jack Horner


MSU paleontologists, colleagues discover new raptor species in dinosaur "graveyard"

September 19, 2011 -- MSU News Service


Sediment at the bottom of Yellowstone National Park lakes a window on ancient world

August 22, 2011 - By Carly Flandro, Bozeman Daily Chronicle


New MSU research sheds light on South Pole dinosaurs

August 03, 2011 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


MSU moves forward with U.S. Department of Energy backed carbon dioxide storage project in northern Montana


ASMSU Exponent: Bringing the Classroom Outdoors

Article by: Nathan Carroll 2011 Field Geology student


MSU grad student will use NSF fellowship to uncover secrets of ancient Montana rocks

July 18, 2011 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service


Breaking ground

David Varricchio's findings have cast a new light on dinosaurs and their young
by Evelyn Boswell


MSU grad student thrilled to study ancient marine mammals

May 02, 2011 -- By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service