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

Congratulations to Dr. Yair Rosenthal

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He has been recognized for Research Excellence by SEBS (click here). Yair Rosenthal is a globally recognized leader focused on exploring and studying the composition/structure of Earth's ocean basins. His overarching research has documented past changes in Earth climate change helping us to understand the mechanisms that underlie the observed changes. He has been a leader in understanding the importance of the ocean in regulating climate, which is now informing society about our impending future on a warming planet.

 

 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

Upcoming Events

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Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Virtual Annual Open House
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 9:30AM
The 53rd Annual Open House will be held virtu...
Geology Museum Events
Ask A Geologist: The Bugs & the Bees!
Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:00PM
Our 'Ask A Geologist' series is back!Join us for o...

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...