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

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

Upcoming Events

Colloquium
Zircon U-Pb geochronological constraints on long-lived and localized post-orogenic magmatism on the Eastern North American Margin
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:30AM
Sean Kinney, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Col...
Colloquium
Graduate Student Reseach
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11:30AM
Bari Hanafi and Aaron Potkay, two PhD students in ...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Ask a Geologist: Echinoderm Paleontology
Friday, October 09, 2020 at 1:00PM
Join us for an online presentation about the paleo...
Geology Museum Events
Dinosaurs Late Night Event
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:00PM
Join us on Wednesday, October 14th and take a step...

New and Noteworthy

  • 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...
  • EPS Welcomes Our New Faculty Member Lujendra Ojha
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    Welcome Lujendra (Luju)! Luju holds a B.S. in Geophysics from University of Arizona (2012) and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (2016). He spent the following 3 years as a prestigious Balustein Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Scientist, in the Department of...
  • 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...
  • 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...