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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.

••• EES News and Updates •••

  • Wet and stormy weather lashed California coast…8,200 years ago –– EES Prof. Jessica Oster and students Aaron Covey and Jansen Gibson have a new paper out in the journal Scientific Reports with a write-up in Vanderbilt Research News on their research  ... have a look!

  • EES Prof. John Ayers has a new book published with CRC Press on Sustainability: An Environmental Science Perspective –– check out a copy today!

  • Prof. Jonathan Gilligan, EES alumna Kimberly Rogers and Carol Wilson, and VIEE alumna Amanda Carrico have received a new collaborative grant award from the National Science Foundation on: Coupled Human-Natural Systems: Dynamics of Interactions Among Land-Use, Landscape Evolution.

  • EES Prof. Larisa DeSantis has received a new collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation on Experimental assessment of dental microwear formationand also had recent coverage of her work with man-eating lions in Science and National Geographic.

  • Research by EES Prof. Simon Darroch and EES PhD student Brandt Gibson on Ediacaran fauna was picked up in several science news outlets, including ScienceBlog and Scientific American.



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
Simon A.F. Darroch  — 
          Paleoecology, Geobiology, and Biogeography

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, Quaternary Environments, Coastal Processes 
Guilherme Gualda
          Igneous Petrology and Volcanism
George Hornberger
Maria Luisa Jorge
          Movement Ecology, Trophic Interactions, Conservation Biology
Neil P. Kelley  — 
          Evolution and Paleoecology of Marine Tetrapods

Calvin F. Miller — 
          Igneous Petrology, Continental Tectonics 
Daniel Morgan — 
          Geomorphology and Geochronology
Jessica Oster — 
          Paleoclimatology, Low Temperature Geochemistry,
           Cave and  Karst Studies
Garrett W. Tate  — 
           Tectonics, Structural Geology


  • Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
  • Ecology, Paleoecology, and Paleoclimatology
  • Geochemical and Biogeochemical Processes
  • Magmatic Processes and Crustal Evolution
  • Sedimentary Processes and Environments
  • Transport Phenomena & Coupled Physical-Biological Processes

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