Graduate student assistantships at the University of Wyoming


There are M.Sc. and Ph.D. opportunities available for research into lithospheric dynamics of Cordilleran orogenic systems, both in the U.S. and internationally.  All research projects involve a significant component of field work and are inherently interdisciplinary, often combining a subset of structural geology, igneous/metamorphic petrology, geochronology, thermochronology, basin analysis, and isotope geochemistry.  Potential projects focus on linkages and feedbacks within and between Cordilleran orogenic components including the: subduction interface, forearc, continental arc, orogenic plateau, retroarc thrust belt, foreland basin, lower crust, and mantle lithosphere.  Students interested in cross-disciplinary research and learning to apply a range of tools and skillsets to answer big-picture questions about how the lithosphere evolves and responds to convergent plate margin processes are encouraged to apply.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Jay Chapman ( with a brief description of your research interests and experience. Additional details can be found here:  

Biogeochemistry and Sedimentary Geochemistry

Graduate opportunities are available for research into global biogeochemical cycles with a focus on reconstructing paleoenvironmental conditions throughout Earth history. Potential projects include tracking the controls on nutrients and ocean oxygenation in deep time, and investigating the impacts of continental weathering on climate and the carbon cycle. Research typically combines field, laboratory, and numerical modeling approaches. Students interested in creative approaches in understanding the co-evolution of Earth and life, and who have independent research experience, are encouraged to apply.

Opportunities are available for studies at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Kimberly Lau ( with a brief description of research interests and previous experience. Additional details can be found at

Graduate studies at the University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is ideally located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and the Geology and Geophysics Department is well-equipped with an extensive array of instrumentation and resources available to support graduate students and prepare them for the next stage in their career.

Additional details about graduate student research opportunities at the University of Wyoming can be found here:  The review of graduate student applications begins January 15, 2019 for admission in the Fall 2019 semester.