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


Colloquium is BACK! see "Upcoming Events" for Schedule

DEPARTMENT SPOTLIGHT

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Rutgers Oceanographers Set Precedent for New Program in U.S. Ocean Coring & Climate Studies

Rutgers Post-Doc, Samantha Bova, and Earth & Planetary Sciences Professor Yair Rosenthal helped to direct the research team at the Chilean Margin in the southeast Pacific, as part of a JOIDES Resolution project to drill into the ocean floor. Exciting new results just published in NATURE reconcile anthropogenic climate models with Holocene data. click here for more

 

  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.

 

Upcoming Events

Colloquium
Jorge Lorenzo Prueba "A moving boundary problem framework for the evolution of fluvio-deltaic environments across time scales."
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:30AM
Jorge Lorenzo Prueba https://www.montclair.ed...
Colloquium
Sean Kinney "Geochemical and geochronological constraints on the origin of long-lived and localized, post-orogenic magmatism on the Eastern North American Margin."
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 11:30AM
Sean Kinney  https://eesc.columbia.edu/s...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Ask A Geologist: Microbes, the Unseen Majority
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:00PM
Join us for a presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Padill...
Geology Museum Events
Virtual Meteorites Late Night
Wednesday, May 05, 2021 at 6:00PM
Take a trip with us into outer space! During this ...

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...
  • 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...