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 Juliane Gross helps NASA open Apollo samples ahead of Artemis missions

Upcoming Events

Colloquium
Tetsuya Nakamura, Dept. of Genetics, Rutgers
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 11:45AM
"Genetic Mechanisms Underlying the Fin-to-Limb Tra...
Colloquium
Dennis Kent, Dept. Earth and Planetary Sciences - Rutgers
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:45AM
"Integrating Cenozoic and Mesozoic Chronostratigra...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Ice Age
Wednesday, December 04, 2019 at 11:00AM
Come chill with us and learn about mastodons, sabe...

New and Noteworthy

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...