The Earth and environmental sciences are aimed at understanding Earth's dynamic history — how Earth "works" and records its origin and age in rocks and landscapes — and how geological processes affect modern environmental and ecological systems. Among the natural sciences, ours is the quintessential interdisciplinary science, providing vital perspective on how Earth's physical and geochemical templates simultaneously sustain and threaten life, and influence human interactions with Earth.
Congratulations to Michael Diamond ('15) on being named a 2014 Udall Scholar!
Jennifer Pickering, Ph.D. candidate, is
one of four Vanderbilt students
U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships.
A new faculty member will be joining us in fall 2015! Simon Darroch is currently finishing his
PhD at Yale University, and then will spend one year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. Simon's work focuses on the "Cambrian explosion" of life, paleoecology, animal preservation,
mass extinctions and conservation paleontology.
Associate Professor Steven Goodbred was interviewed for a Nature News Feature published April 10, 2014:
Schiermeier, Quirin. 2014. "Floods: Holding back the tide." Nature 508(7495): 164–166.
The article discusses an ongoing interdisciplinary research project focused on the Ganges Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh that involves numerous Vanderbilt faculty and students.
VU News video about the recent Fossils at the Fort, organized by Professor Molly Miller.
Cougars' diverse diet helped them survive the mass extinction that wiped out
the saber-tooth cat, American lion - Assistant Professor Larisa DeSantis
John C. Ayers
Geochemistry, Experimental Petrology, and Sustainability
Ralf Bennartz —
Atmospheric Physics and Radiative Transfer, Clouds and
Climate, Meteorological Satellite Remote Sensing
Lily Claiborne —
Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry, Magma Chamber Processes
Larisa R. G. DeSantis —
Vertebrate Paleontology, Paleoecology and Paleoclimates
David Jon Furbish —
Hydrology, Geomorphology, Fluid Mechanics
Jonathan M. Gilligan —
Atmospheric Science, Science Policy
Steven L. Goodbred, Jr. —
Sedimentology and Quaternary Environments
Guilherme Gualda —
Igneous Petrology and Volcanism
George Hornberger —
Maria Luisa Jorge —
Movement Ecology, Trophic Interactions, Conservation Biology
Calvin F. Miller —
Igneous Petrology, Continental Tectonics
Molly F. Miller —
Daniel Morgan —
Geomorphology and Geochronology
Jessica Oster —
Paleoclimatology, Low Temperature Geochemistry, Cave and
Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
Ecology, Paleoecology, and Paleoclimatology
Geochemical and Biogeochemical Processes
Magmatic Processes and Crustal Evolution
Sedimentary Processes and Environments
Transport Phenomena and Coupled Physical-Biological Processes
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