Welcome to TCD Geology
Geology is the science of studying the earth, both in its present status and in terms of its long-term evolution. Geology at Trinity has enjoyed a long and rich history, and was originally established with the appointment of a Chair in 1843. Over this period, the study of Geology has matured and diversified in terms of scope and approach. The pages of this website are intended to give visitors a taste of what Geology can offer. At Trinity, we believe that Geology is grounded in sound observational and descriptive skills; skills that are taught in the laboratory and in the field. Our staff is active in many areas of research, using data ranging from kilometer to submicroscopic scale. We perform research on rocks dating back billions of years but also use current observations relevant to recent climate change. The mission of Geology has never been more topical. Modern society relies on a spectrum of information gathered by geologists. This includes climate forecast, earthquake prediction, supply of clean water and energy, as well as the search for rare metals to support smart technology. Prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students are encouraged to contact either myself or the appropriate member of staff, or better still, to visit us in the Museum Building.
Dr. Balz Kamber, Chair of Geology and Mineralogy