• Erosional patterns across one of Earth's largest climate gradients
  • Sea level sensitivity to sediment erosion and deposition
  • Silicate weathering responses to climate
  • Dust: A driver of soil development and geochemistry

The surface processes group at Georgia Tech investigates the topographic and chemical evolution of the Earth’s surface, from the growth of mountain ranges to variations in sea level to chemical weathering in soils.  We use a variety of tools to explore these topics, including laboratory measurements, field instrumentation, and numerical modeling.

We are always looking for outstanding students and postdocs interested in investigating the evolution of the Earth’s surface.  This year, we are looking to admit a PhD student on an NSF-funded project to investigate the drivers of sea-level change since the Mid-Pliocene Warm Period, which is considered to be an analogue for climate in the near future.   Prospective students and postdocs are encouraged to contact Ken Ferrier for opportunities, and to find more information about applying to graduate school here (January 1 deadline).