Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University on the New Brunswick/Piscataway Campus is a community of students, faculty members, and research scientists engaged in the exploration of a wide variety of geological problems on Earth and other solar system bodies. We offer both challenging and comprehensive instruction, and students are encouraged to become vital members of this research community. Interdisciplinary studies are fostered through the Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences. Several faculty hold joint appointments in Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, and Marine & Coastal Sciences. A weekly Geology Colloquium brings a diversity of Earth Scientists to our Department to discuss the latest research results and new techniques. Our museum exhibits local geology and engages the public with outreach. Left, undergraduates enjoying an outing in NYC

New: Undergraduate major has four options: Geological Sciences, Environmental Geology, Planetary Science, General Option More Info


DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT

Colloquium is BACK! see "Upcoming Events" for Schedule

Congratulations to Dr. Yair Rosenthal

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He has been recognized for Research Excellence by SEBS (click here). Yair Rosenthal is a globally recognized leader focused on exploring and studying the composition/structure of Earth's ocean basins. His overarching research has documented past changes in Earth climate change helping us to understand the mechanisms that underlie the observed changes. He has been a leader in understanding the importance of the ocean in regulating climate, which is now informing society about our impending future on a warming planet.

 

 WE'VE GONE REMOTE

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 Dr. Lauren Adamo and EPS colleagues using drones to generate new research and learning. Dr. Adamo and Dr. Ojha are soon launching remote sensing and imaging experiences, with focus on Earth and Mars. Learn more about the “Pebble Bluff” project.

 

Brazilian Ecosystems

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 PhD student Caio Mattos has been awarded!  click to read more about the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EARLY CAREER GRANT. Congratulations to Caio.

 

JOIDES joyfulness!

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Prof. Ken Miller joins JOIDES Facility Board. Ken will help determine the effective use of drilling facilities in fulfilling the objectives of future IODP Science Plans. click to read more.

 Are we alone in the universe?  Click for the Star-Ledger article by PROFESSOR NATHAN YEE.

 Professor Juliane Gross helps NASA open Apollo samples ahead of Artemis missions

 Dr. Paul Falkowski's research team discovers clues to the origins of life and cellular processes. click for more info

fall 2020 course information

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Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Bizarre Beasts Late Night Event
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 at 6:00PM
Join us on Wednesday, December 2nd for a special p...
Geology Museum Events
Ask a Geologist: Digging into Archaeology
Friday, December 04, 2020 at 1:00PM
Join us for an online presentation about archaeolo...

New and Noteworthy

  • Books by Professor McGhee
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    Distinguished Professor George R. McGhee's books about his research on macro-evolutionary processes, including a new title from The Vienna Series in Theoretical Biology on convergent evolution: "Convergent Evolution on Earth, Lessons for the Search for Extraterrestrial Life"(Massachusetts...
  • Dr. Paul Falkowski's work on the evolution of cellular metabolism
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    Dr. Paul Falkowski and his Rutgers colleagues have discovered two protein folds important for understanding the evolution of cellular metabolism. Evidence suggests that the processes responsible for facilitating the biological redox reactions shared by members of the "tree of life" may have first...
  • Students study Rodinia
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    Professor Jill VanTongeren led her field methods course to the Adirondacks to look at the formation of  the ancient supercontinent Rodinia. Pictured is the group sitting on top of 1.1 Ga Massif Anorthosites in the High Peaks region and enjoying the view towards Mount Marcy (NY State’s tallest peak) after...
  • Professor Nathan Yee explores the possibility of life on Mars and beyond
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    Nathan Yee, a Rutgers University–New Brunswick professor of geomicrobiology and geochemistry and a co-investigator at Rutgers ENIGMA, a NASA-funded research team focused on discovering how proteins evolved to become the catalysts of life on Earth. Yee co-created and teaches Rutgers’ first course...