In 2013 the Geologisch-Paläontologisches Institut und Museum (GPI) and the Institut für Biogeochemie und Meereschemie (IfBM) were merged to the Institute for Geology (IfGeo). Different working groups involved are investigating in geological, biogeochemical, biological and paleobiological aspects of process and material cycles of the earth as a system. The Institute of Geology embedded in the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) of the MIN Faculty as an integrated part of the framework CliSAP and the KlimaCampus establishes connections between terrestrial and marine geosciences.
Research topics include material cycles between the solid earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere and their dynamics in natural and anthropogenically influenced conditions. Other important research topics include the reconstruction of sedimentation environments, tectonic processes and ecosystem dynamics in the geological past and present. The scientists involved mainly use geological, geochemical, isotopic-geochemical, geophysical and micro-optical methods. In teaching, the Institute contributes significantly to the " Bachelor's and Master's Program Geosciences " with and committed to graduate education . In addition, the Institute is directly involved in the master and graduate program of the "School of Integrated Climate System Sciences ( SICSS )".