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


Upcoming Events

Colloquium
Karen Lloyd – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 at 7:00PM
Slow, energy-efficient, and mysterious life deep w...
Colloquium
Danielle Santiago-Ramos, Princeton University
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 at 11:30AM
A multi-isotope investigation of material exchange...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Virtual Geologic Cores Late Night
Wednesday, December 01, 2021 at 6:00PM
Join us on Wednesday, December 1st and learn about...
Geology Museum Events
Ask A Geologist: Water Sustainability
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 6:00PM
Join us for a presentation about water sustainabil...

New and Noteworthy

  • Professor Gross to become NASA Deputy Curator of Apollo Moon samples and reflects to USA Today and...
    NASA has offered Professor Juliane Gross an 18 month IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) position to help open the Apollo Moon samples that were sealed 50 years ago. She will be the new "Deputy Apollo Sample Curator" at NASA JSC in Houston and will work in curation next to Dr. Ryan Zeigler...
  • Dr. Paul Falkowski's work on the evolution of cellular metabolism
    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...
  • Professor Robert Kopp preparing New Jersey for the rising tide
    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...
  • EPS Welcomes Our New Faculty Member Lujendra Ojha
    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...