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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 •••

  • Viewpoints -- Prof. David Furbish and PhD student Kelsea Best follow up on  Bernard K. Forscher's 1963 essay,  Chaos in the Brickyard  of scientists, with their own timely versions of  The Brickyard in 2020  (David Jon Furbish, Douglas J. Jerolmack and Rachel C. Glade) and The Young Brickmakers   by Kelsea B. Best. 
  • Congratulations to EES PhD candidate, Jessica Raff, for receiving GSA's Student Research Award in Sedimentary Geology for her  project "Is variability in the Asian monsoon and Himalayan erosion recorded in the Ganges-Brahmaputra delta?”
  • EES has vanquished the GRE from our graduate application process! Students will no longer be required to take the GRE exam or report scores when applying to our graduate program!  #GRExit  We have also reduced the university's graduate application fee from $95 to $20. Both steps are in support of equity and inclusion in geoscience graduate education! 
  • Check out this story highlighting Jonathan Gilligan’s work with epidemiologists in Colombia!
  • George Hornberger has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read about it here!
  • Two EES students were recognized by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Sarah Williams, current PhD student, earned an Honorable Mention, and Liam Kelly, a current Senior and upcoming EES graduate student, received a full fellowship.  Congratulations! 
  • Congratulations to PhD student, Sarah Williams, for winning an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco!
  • National Public Television has produced a story on Earth Horizons, EES's diversity partnership with Tennessee State University -- check it out at NPT American Graduate.
  • EES undergrad alumna Alison Cribb has just published her research from her EES honors thesis in Proc. of Royal Academy on the "Increase in Metazoan Ecosystem Engineering". 
  • As part of EES efforts to enhance diversity in our graduate program and the geosciences, PhD student moyo-nabgMoyo Ajayi attended the 38th annual meeting of the National Association of Black Geoscientists, held in Fayetteville, AR. There he recruited potential graduate students and also presented his research on methane and carbon dioxide gas fluxes from volcanic calderas. Also participating in the NABG meeting was Tennessee State University undergraduate, Rodney Blackwell, who is part of the TSU-Vanderbilt program, Earth Horizons.  Both Moyo and Rodney received awards for their presentations – congratulations! 
  • EES professor Malu Jorge featured on News Channel 5 on the devastating fires in Amazon. 
  • EES postdoctoral scholar Elizabeth Chamberlain featured on BBC podcast.
  • EES professor Larisa DeSantis in Science News  features “ Saber-toothed cats were fierce and family-oriented ,” an in-depth look at Saber-toothed tigers and how they went extinct
  • EES PhD student Gregory Smith and his co-authors announce the discovery of the first new mastodon species in North America in 220 years. Read a press release of the discovery  here , a Q&A with the lead author  here , and the open-access paper published in PeerJ  here .
  • The EES Department is thrilled to share the generous donation of MOVE software valued at over $2.54 million from Petroleum Experts Limited. This is in addition to the recent donation of Petrel software from Schlumberger Technology Corporation and the free use of StructureSolver software from Nunns and Rogan LLC. Read more here.


  • Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
  • Ecology, Paleoecology, and Paleoclimatology
  • Geochemical and Biogeochemical Processes
  • Magmatic Processes and Crustal Evolution
  • Earth-Surface Environments and Coupled Human-Natural Systems
  • Transport Phenomena and Coupled Physical-Biological Processes
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