Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

home laurenThe 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.

New for 2019: Undergraduate major has four options: Geological Sciences, Environmental Geology, Planetary Science, General Option More Info


 

DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT

Professor Nathan Yee explores the possibility of life on Mars and beyond

Upcoming Events

Colloquium
Aisha Al Suwaidi, Khalifa University - UAE
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 11:45AM
"A Southern Hemisphere Perspective on Early Jurass...
Colloquium
Cathleen Doherty, RU EOHSI
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 11:45AM
"Earth as a geochemical system: from lithospheric ...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Planetary Science
Wednesday, November 06, 2019 at 11:00AM
Hang out at the Museum and learn about our Solar S...
Geology Museum Events
Ice Age
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 at 11:00AM
Come chill with us and learn about mastodons, sabe...

New and Noteworthy

  • 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...
  • new in PNAS: The first day of the Cenozoic
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    A new study published in PNAS on the K-Pg boundary event was contributed to by Rutgers graduate student Christina Verhagen and former EPS faculty Sonia Tikoo.  Christina's research includes identifying magnetic signatures recorded in magnetic minerals within rocks from the Chicxulub impact crater,...
  • 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...
  • Distinguished Professor Yair Rosenthal announced as AGU Fellow
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    We are proud to share the news that Dr. Yair Rosenthal has been announced as a 2019 fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an honor given to individual AGU members who have made exceptional scientific contributions and gained prominence in their respective fields of Earth and space...