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

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

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Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Ask a Geologist: Mosasaurs
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 at 2:00PM
Join us for an online presentation about Mosasaurs...
Geology Museum Events
Ask a Geologist: Greenland Glaciology
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:00AM
Join us for an online presentation about Greenland...

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...
  • Anya Hess awarded dissertation development funding
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    Anya Hess has been awarded $2,000.00 in Off-Campus Dissertation Development funding by the School of Graduate Studies. This funding will go towards the cost of attending IsoCamp this summer, a 2-week intensive program on isotope geochemistry hosted at the University of Utah. Anya is currently...
  • 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...
  • Professor Robert Kopp preparing New Jersey for the rising tide
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    Since 1900, global average sea level has risen about 8 inches. In New Jersey, sea level has risen even faster – about 1.4 feet over that same period. This is primarily because the land here is sinking, due to both natural forces – the land was pushed up by a giant ice sheet 20,000 years ago and is...