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The University and Its Settings

Vanderbilt is a private, comprehensive university with a total enrollment of nearly 13,000. It is located on a large, park-like campus within Nashville, the state capital and a dynamic city with a metropolitan population approaching one million. Fossil-rich Paleozoic limestones underlie the beautiful forested hills in which the city is nestled. The Mississippi embayment (including the New Madrid Fault Zone) and the Precambrian granite terrain of Missouri lie to the west and the complex collisional Appalachian mountain belt to the east.

The Department

Ours is a vibrant, cohesive department aimed at the highest standards of scholarship.  Faculty and students at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels pursue studies that address fundamental questions in the Earth and environmental sciences, spanning deep geological timescales to human timescales.  Our research programs are well-funded.  Projects are supported by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation, including computational infrastructure, and they are topically and geographically diverse.  Current projects are underway in many parts of the U.S., Asia, South America, Iceland and Antarctica, and include field, laboratory, analytical and modeling components.