Department News

Medford Auger project site 2 Medford Transportation Center, Medford, NJ

IMG 2004 2The Medford Auger Project (22-26 Aug. 2016) exceeded expectations.  Six sites, 10 holes, and 359 ft of section were successfully cored with excellent recovery (328.65 ft; 91.5% recovery).  Site 6 stands out with the thickest Marlboro Formation (10.5 ft) that was double cored.  We had an overall recovery of 72.6 ft of Marlboro Formation, our target. Weather was spectacular for late Aug.  Seven students worked the sites, with the study of these cores constituting part of L. Podrecca’s Masters thesis.  Study onsite provided an excellent introduction to the geology of the coastal plain for 3 incoming students (Alex Adams, Luca Podrecca, and Mark Yu. 

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GeoTalk: Drilling into the crater...

Sonia 2GeoTalk: Drilling into the crater which contributed to the demise of dinosaurs

Six months ago, somewhere in the tropical waters off the coast of Mexico, scientists began drilling into one of the most iconic geological features on Earth: the Chicxulub crater; the 66 million year old remnants of a deadly asteroid impact, thought to have contributed to the demise of dinosaurs and most other forms of life which inhabited the Earth at the time.

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D/V JOIDES Resolution in the Western Pacific, International Ocean Discovery Program Expedition 363

Yair1Rutgers is well represented during Expedition 363! From left: Gregory Mountain (Faculty in EPS), Tali Babila (former student in Oceanography, now at University of California, Santa Cruz), Samantha Bova (new Post-Doc in Oceanography), and Yair Rosenthal (Co-Chief Scientist, Faculty in EPS). (Credit: William Crawford & IODP JRSO) [Photo ID: exp363_134]

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Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Book Cliffs, UT Field Trip, May 31-June 6, 2017


Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Book Cliffs, UT Field Trip, May 31-June 6, 2017 Rutgers EPS Professors Ken Miller and Greg Mountain led 15 graduate students (including student collaborators from Haifa and Dalhousie Universities) on an exploration of the Book Cliffs of Utah and other geological highlights in the Helper/Price, Green River, and Moab areas. We explored “The Birthplace”, not of football but of outcrop sequence and parasequence stratigraphy, pioneered in the 1980’s and 1990’s by Exxon Production Research Company.

Read more: Rutgers Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) Book Cliffs, UT Field Trip, May 31-June 6, 2017

EPS welcomes Dr. Sonia Tikoo !

Sonia2Dr. Sonia Tikoo joins Rutgers EPS as its newest faculty member after a two-year postdoctoral stint at the University of California, Berkeley.  Sonia received her B.S. with Honors in Geology and History (Minor) from the California Institute of Technology (2008) and her Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014).

Sonia’s research interests lie at the intersection of planetary science and paleomagnetism. By studying a combination of meteorites and lunar rocks from the Apollo missions, she seeks to determine the magnetic field generation mechanisms and longevities of core dynamos on differentiated planetary bodies.  Constraining the intensities of core dynamo fields over time provides insight into the long-term planetary thermal and chemical evolution.  Sonia is also interested in how impact cratering events alter the magnetization preserved within planetary crusts and is working on rocks from a number of terrestrial impact craters.

Through these efforts, Sonia will help us build a stronger planetary science program at Rutgers, as well as expand our program in rock magnetism.  We look forward to exciting new course offerings and fruitful collaborations in the coming years!

Welcome, Sonia!

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EPS undergraduates receive prestigious NASA summer internships

Liam Juliane Shannon

Shannon Boyle and Liam Hoare, who are working with Prof. Juliane Gross on lunar and meteorite rock samples, have been selected for a highly prestigious 10-week summer intern program at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) - NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. This is a remarkable achievement for Shannon and Liam (and Rutgers as well !) as only 10 to 12 students worldwide are selected to participate in this program. 

As interns, Shannon and Liam will experience cutting-edge research in the lunar and planetary sciences and work one-on-one with LPI and JSC scientists on a research project and be able to preview possible career pathways in planetary science. Shannon will work with Dr. Cyrena Goodrich on primitive achondrite breccias known as ureilites; and Liam will work with Dr. David Kring on LL chondrite impact melt breccias. 

We are excited that two of our own Rutgers EPS undergraduate students get to experience such a wonderful opportunity.  Well done and congratulations, Shannon and Liam!



Sea-level Rise in 20th Century was Fastest in 3,000 Years

 sea-levelRise300 0TreeIn a new study led by EPS' Bob Kopp, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, during the 20th

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 century, sea level has risen more than in any of the 27 previous centuries.

Global sea level rose by about 14 centimeters, or 5.5 inches, from 1900 to 2000m, a substantial increase, especially for vulnerable, low-lying coastal areas.

 More on the study can be read online at Rutgers Today and on the front page of the NYTimes. Access to the published article can be found at PNAS.


Ken Miller named co-chair of the IODP-SEP, International Ocean Discovery Program Science Evaluation Panel, for 3-year term.

The IODP-SEP fosters and evaluates millerdrilling proposals for the three IODP Facilities Boards (drilling platforms): the US-led D/V JOIDES Resolution, the Japanese-led D/V Chikyu, and the European led mission specific platforms.  The SEP mandate includes evaluating proposals for 1) the themes and initiatives of the IODP Science Plan; and 2) the completeness of the site characterization data package and its adequacy for achieving the scientific objectives of the proposal. Tnternational Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)he SEP also advises the Facilities Boards on any shortcomings of the proposal pool with respect to themes and challenges of the IODP Science Plan, and makes suggestions for stimulating proposal pressure in those areas.  Miller will be lead chair for science, complementing the site characterization co-chair, David Mallinson (E. Carolina University).  As co-chair, Miller will be expected to attend annual Facilities Board meetings in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, the IODP Forum, and to co-chair the SEP twice a year meetings.

Marie-Pierre Aubry elected as AAAS Fellow

millerThe AAAS Council has elected Marie-Pierre Aubry as Fellow, in recognition of her contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.  Marie will be recognized in a 13 February Fellows Forum at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. At the forum, Fellows receive an official certificate and fellowship rosette pin, the emblem of Fellowship. For more information, go to AAAS Fellows. Congratulations Marie !