USC geoscientists study basic questions on the operation of the Earth system, from understanding convection in the mantle to the evolution of life, and explore compelling problems at the interfaces of traditional sub-disciplines. Through this interdisciplinary approach, our research is addressing problems of increasing social relevance—such as development of bio fuel cell technology, modeling of El Nino effects, geoinformatics, and seismic hazard analysis.

We also take advantage of research collaborations with other USC schools and departments, such as Marine Environmental Biology, the Graduate Program in Ocean Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Policy, Planning and Development.

  • Zumberge Hall of Science (ZHS)
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740
  • Phone: (213) 740-6106
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