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
Jennifer Walker – Rutgers University
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 11:30AM
Common Era sea-level budgets along the US Atlantic...
Colloquium
Juliane Gross – Rutgers University
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 at 7:00PM
From Apollo to Artemis and beyond: A future as bri...

Geology Museum

Geology Museum Events
Virtual Fossils Late Night
Wednesday, October 06, 2021 at 6:00PM
In celebration of Earth Science Week and National ...
Geology Museum Events
Ask A Geologist: Meteor Crater
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6:00PM
Join us for a presentation by Michael Schwab, Educ...

New and Noteworthy

  • Professor Nathan Yee explores the possibility of life on Mars and beyond
    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...
  • Henry Rutgers Scholar Award
      LUCIA BELLINO RECEIVES HENRY RUTGERS SCHOLAR AWARD Our graduating senior Lucia Bellino has just been chosen by SAS to receive the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award! According to the School of Arts and Sciences Scholarship Office, "The Henry Rutgers Scholar Award recognizes graduating seniors who have...
  • 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...