Texas Tech University

Department of Geosciences

earth from space

Department News and Announcements


  • We are proud to announce that Justin Weaver, instructor for Atmospheric Sciences, will be awarded the 2019 Professing Excellence Award! Each year, Texas Tech students are given the opportunity to nominate faculty members and present awards to those who have demonstrated exceptional educational skills. Congratulations to Justin for winning this award and representing the Department of Geosciences!
  • Geology summer field camp will be here soon. Please consider giving to the Field Camp Scholarship to help defray expenses for our students attending field camp. 
  • Dr. Sandip Pal named Associate Editor for Atmospheric Sciences Letters (Royal Meteorological Society).
  • We are very pleased to report that Dr. John Schroeder has been named as the Senior Director of the National Wind Institute.  In addition, John will serve as the Technical Director for Prediction and Measurement, one of the three areas of NWI research excellence.
  • The NASA InSight Mission probe successfully landed on the surface of Mars on November 26.  Dr. Seiichi Nagihara is working on the mission to learn how the thermal conductivity of the Mars regolith is affected by seasonal changes in surface atmospheric pressure and temperature.  
  • Dr. Eric Bruning will receive the 2018 Atmospheric and Space Electricity Early Career Award at AGU's Fall Meeting 2018.  The award recognizes "outstanding early career contributions to atmospheric and space electricity." Dr. Bruning's research has combined his observational studies with innovative theoretical methods to provide new insights into the processes by which storms produce lightning.  Congratulations Eric!
  • Dr. Seiichi Nagihara was recently selected by NASA  to join the Mars InSight Mission. This team will study data never before collected. "There have been many missions to Mars, but this one is different from the rover missions," says Nagihara. "This mission will probe beneath the planet's surface for the first time." 

More news...

Recent Publications

More publications...

Click to scroll down for more stories!

Alumni Newsletter

Fall Issue 2018

Caprock Connection Fall 2018

Spring Issue 2018


Fall Issue 2017


Research Day Abstracts