Lansing Hall

Geoscience is housed in Lansing Hall. Lansing Hall together with Eaton and Rosenberg Halls form the natural science complex. The complex sits at the southeast corner of the main academic quadrangle in the center of campus just a few minute's walk from the main library, dormitories and dining facilities. Geoscience teaching labs are in the basement; offices and research labs are on the first floor. The "gravitational" center of the department is Lansing 105, the first floor seminar room. The seminar room is a heavily used study space and includes recent journals, reference books, computers, laser printer, refrigerator and microwave.

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The Geoscience department provides students with access to various discipline-specific research facilities including labs for the study of Meteorology and Climatology, Hydrogeochemistry, Sedimentology, Palynology, Paleontology and Paleoclimatology.

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The William Scandling

Our steel heeled, 65 ft., well equipped, research vessel has access to various lakes including Seneca, Cayuga & Ontario for student and faculty classroom and research activities. The equipment list includes radar, GPS, cellular phone, radios, depth finders, MicroBT, CTDs, high-resolution subbottom profiler, side-scan sonar, current meters, temperature loggers, & computers. Visit its web site for a more complete listing of the capabilities, equipment, and use of the R/V HWS Scandling. To learn more about the William Scandling, vist the FLI William Scandling page.

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JB Snow

A converted stock pontoon boat has become a capable research platform that can be towed overland and launched from a typical boat ramp. The vessel, JB Snow, is a complement to the Colleges' 65-foot research vessel The William Scandling. The JB Snow has the ability to collect limnological data, detailed bathymetric data, sediment samples and deploy and/or tow geophysical and other remote sensing equipment.

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Seneca Lake Data Buoy

An automated buoy is maintained in Seneca Lake at a mid-lake location offshore of Clark's Point (Latitude: 42° 49.13', Longitude: 76° 57.61') with a water depth of 60 meters. The YSI EMM-2500 Buoy Platform has cellular modem communications and includes meteorological sensors to measure wind speed & direction, dewpoint temperature, air temperature, barometric pressure, and solar radiation. The buoy platform also includes a water quality profiler to measure depth, temperature, conductivity, turbidity and chlorophyll-a. The most recent and archived measurements from the buoy are available at

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The Finger Lakes Institute

The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is an educational and information center dedicated to the promotion of environmental research about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. The institute, located on campus, offers a variety of programs each semester. Numerous geoscience students have held academic and summer internship positions at FLI. To learn more about the variety of ways students integrate FLI into their educational programs, visit FLI Student Programs.

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