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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.

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.



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
          Paleoecology, Sedimentology
Daniel Morgan
          Geomorphology and Geochronology
Jessica Oster
          Paleoclimatology, Low Temperature Geochemistry, Cave and
          Karst Studies


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




SPEAR - Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility

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