The University of Delaware Department of Geological Sciences offers an eclectic mix of facilities and equipment in support of the teaching and research missions of the faculty. Although a separate entity operated by University Museums, the newly renovated Mineralogical Museum is also housed in Penny Hall.
Located in Penny Hall, the Visual and Advanced Simulation Training Lab, or VAST Lab for short, uses Google Earth, Fledermaus, and other computer visualization systems to display real-time data streams on everything from global ocean temperature and currents to the movement of ships in Delaware Bay — all at once.
Geomicrobiology research is carried out in labs in both Penny Hall and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI).
We have unusual field equipment, including one of the few University operated AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) as well as a CHIRP sonar system for coastal research and courses and ground-penetrating radar and seismograph systems for near-surface geophysics projects.
Faculty within the department also have access to outstanding University facilities and equipment through their collaboration with joint faculty colleagues, including a terrestrial LIDAR system, the UD airship, and the coastal research vessel Hugh R. Sharp.