836 Ohya, Suruga-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, 422-8529, Japan


What do you learn in our department?

As the 21st century is said to be "the era of environment", it is important to know the Earth itself in order to protect the environment.

In Earth science, you will know various geological phenomena on the Earth (earthquakes, volcanic activity, magma, metamorphism, and tectonics) as well as the "co-evolution of life and the Earth" through changes in solid earth, the atmosphere, hydrosphere (hydrothermal activity, ground water, river, and ocean), and biological activities recorded as ancient fossils and present DNA.

For this purpose, we examine these scientific phenomena, not only in the laboratory, but also in the field survey. We aim to elucidate the past, present, and future of the Earth with full use of the knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and Earth sciences.

On Nihon-daira Hill, a mountain behind university, Fall 2012

Welcome to Department of Geoscience, Shizuoka University!

Through education and research for mechanism of the global environmental changes and evolution of Life and the Earth, we cultivate human resources who respond to needs of society and community, and can act in their own thinking with responsibility to the future of Earth.

For a co-existing future of our life with other living things on the complex system of Earth, we must understand the scheme and dynamics of the Earth. We believe that this is the most important basement for the people living in the 21st century, and is a cornerstone of education in earth science.

In the applicative aspect of Earth science, experts in Earth science are needed to prevent a number of natural disasters caused by active faults, volcanoes, and serious environmental issues such as global warming and a loss of biodiversity. One of our responsibilities to our communities and society is to develope human resources who can apply certain expertise and technology of Earth science to these practical problems.

In addition, our fields of earth science spread widely throughout the globe. We also hope you will do an excellent job over the world as educators, researchers, and technicians.

Our department consists of two courses; "Geodynamics course" and "Biological environmental science course.".

From the third year of bachelor course, students are belong to each course, and will learn the expertise and technology of their fields.

Field trip in Hokkaido, Summer 2013

Thin section of Olivine from Horoman, Hokkaido, Japan





Geodynamics Course
KAWAMOTO, Tatsuhiko Geology
Associate Professor
IKUTA, Ryoya Geophysics (Seismology)
ISHIBASHI, Hidemi Volcanic Petorology, Experimental Magmantlogy
TASAKA, Miki Rock and Mineral Physics, Experimental Petrology
HIRAUCHI, Ken-ichi Structural Geology, Experimental Petrology
MITSUI, Yuta Geophysics (Fault mechanics, Geodesy)

Biology and Environmental Science Course
TSUKAGOSHI, Akira Biodiversity, Paleobiology
KITAMURA, Akihisa Quaternary science
SATO, Shin'ichi Actuopaleoecology
KIMURA, Hiroyuki Microbial ecology
Associate Professor
SOHRIN, Rumi Marine biogeochemistry, Microbial ecology
SUZUKI, Yutaro Palaeozoology, Functional morphology
KUBO, Atsushi Biogeochemistry
Assistant Professor
LEGRAND, Julien Paleobotany, Paleoecology
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