NFD Partners - Universities and Colleges

College of Wooster Department of Geology

The Department of Geology at The College of Wooster produces liberally educated scientists who are well-versed in scientific methodology and its application, who possess a thorough knowledge of fundamental geologic concepts, who take a creative approach to problem-solving, and who are able to express themselves with clarity, both orally and in writing.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is a private, liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire. Dartmouth is the smallest of the Ivy League institutions, and has a long-standing tradition of close student-faculty ties. Evolutionary Geobiology at Dartmouth is an interdisciplinary effort, and represented by courses offered by the Departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, and Earth Sciences. For information about palaeobiology research and teaching at Dartmouth, please visit the Dartmouth Evolutionary Geobiology Group blog (

Georgia State University

Georgia State University is a leading public research university located in downtown urban Atlanta with a diverse population of over 32,000 students. The Department of Geosciences has undergraduate and graduate programs focused in geography, geology, geochemistry, and GIS. Themes of scholarship include an Earth Systems approach to the natural world, challenges faced by communities and cities, intersections between physical and human geography, and use of geospatial technologies. Student groups are represented by a chapter of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, Geosciences Club, and honor societies Sigma Gamma Epsilon (earth science) and Gamma Theta Upsilon (geography). Our education, outreach, and research initiatives in the region include the Georgia Geographic Alliance, Atlanta Community Mapping and Research Project, and CSAW (Community, Soil, Air, Water).

Idaho Virtualization Lab

The Idaho Virtualization Laboratory (IVL) is a research unit of the Idaho Museum of Natural History on the campus of Idaho State University. Our lab houses state-of-the-art technology for imaging, virtualization, and simulation of material items, landscapes, and life. We provide education, research, and informatics to the social and natural sciences.

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Kent State University Department of Geology

Kent State University (Ohio) is an optimal setting in which to study Geology and Paleontology! KSU offers three different Bachelor’s degrees in geology, each tailored to different career goals, including our new Environmental Geology Concentration for the B.S. The Minor in Geology is very flexible, allowing students to tailor the program to specific needs and goals. The Department also offers an M.S. in Geology and a Ph.D. in Applied Geology. Students at the undergraduate and graduate level can study the role of microfossils in determining climate change over the last several thousand to few million years; invertebrate animals like crabs and lobsters; and vertebrates such as mastodons and giant ground sloths with experts in the department. Kent’s setting in the glaciated part of Ohio provides an excellent focal point for field trips to Ice Age microfossil and megafauna localities, microfossil environmental localities, and Paleozoic invertebrate fossil field trip locations for student groups and class trips.

Northeastern Illinois University Earth Science Club

To promote a better understanding of Earth Science through field activities and guest speakers; bring awareness to pertinent scientific issues; to understand anthropogenic effects on nature; and to serve as a point of gathering for majors and non-majors with a shared interest of Earth Science.

Ohio State University Lima

School of Earth Sciences

Ohio University—Witmer Lab

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Sul Ross State University

Sul Ross State University, located in the Chihuahuan Desert of mountainous West Texas, is in an ideal locality for geologic studies. The campus, surrounded by the Trans-Pecos volcanic field, is only 20 minutes from the famous Paleozoic sedimentary and structural features of the Marathon Basin, the southern margin of the Permian Basin in the Glass Mountains and only two hours from Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park. Six Geology faculty teach classes and supervise master's research. The university emphasizes outdoor learning in all fields.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a public, metropolitan university of approximately 13,000 full- and part-time students in nine colleges and schools. The university offers more than 100 majors. As Arkansas' premier metropolitan university, UALR is committed to responding to the needs of the community by creating active links between the campus, community, and commerce. As a metropolitan university, UALR is also able to put its students in close contact with the state's most influential leaders in government, business, industry, medicine, and information technology.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees.

University of Missouri - Kansas City Geosciences Club

Our Geosciences club is a dedicated group of students studying the geosciences, primarily Geology, who get together several times during the semester for field trips to study geologic structures and formations around the midwest. Additionally, the UMKC Geology Club reaches out into the community to share information with local school kids. Our goal as a club is to spend time in the field to put our classroom knowledge to use while having fun, as well as introducing school kids to the wonder of the Earth.

Virginia Tech Paleobiology and Geobiology Research Group

From asking questions to disseminating results, the Paleobiology & Geobiology Research Group at Virginia Tech explores the breadth of the fossil record using both field-based tools and cutting-edge analytical techniques. Common themes in our research include the origins of major clades, phylogenetic reconstruction, faunal change, extinction, environmental changes, and taphonomic processes.

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21st-century approaches to fleshing out the past. Mission: to use the structure of past & present animals to interpret evolutionary history...and to share that history with the broader community.

Also see University-sponsored Museum partners

  • University of Washington—The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • University Texas-El Paso—The Centennial Museum at the University of Texas-El Paso
  • Mississippi State University—The Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum
  • East Tennessee State University—East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum
  • University of Michigan—Exhibit Museum of Natural History
  • University of Florida—Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Harvard University—Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Idaho State University—Idaho Museum of Natural History
  • Earlham College—Joseph Moore Museum of Natural History
  • Kansas University—Kansas University Natural History Museum
  • Mesalands Community College—Mesalands Community College's Dinosaur Museum
  • Michigan State University—Michigan State University Museum
  • Montana State University—Museum of the Rockies
  • Texas Tech University—Museum of Texas Tech University
  • Rutgers University—The Rutgers Geology Museum
  • University of Oklahoma—Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
  • South Dakota School of Mines—Museum of Geology
  • Fort Hays State University—Sternberg Museum of Natural History
  • Casper College—Tate Geological Museum
  • University of Texas Austin—Texas Memorial Museum, Texas Natural Science Center
  • University of Alaska—University of Alaska Museum of the North
  • University of California—The University of California Museum of Paleontology
  • University of Colorado—The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
  • University of Iowa—The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
  • University of Montana—The University of Montana Paleontology Center
  • University of Nebraska—The University of Nebraska State Museum
  • University of Wyoming—The University of Wyoming Geological Museum
  • Utah State University Eastern—The Prehistoric Museum
  • Vassar College—Warthin Museum of Geology and Natural History
  • Yale University—Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Last updated: September 22, 2020