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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 •••

  • EES undergrad alumna Alison Cribb has just published her research from her EES honors thesis. Check out her paper on the "Increase in Metazoan Ecosystem Engineering" here
  • 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 regarding devastating fires in Amazon forest
  • 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. The new species,  Mammut pacificus , lived during the Pleistocene Epoch (2.0 – 0.010 Ma) in the western United States, and differs from the American mastodon (Mammut americanum) in several key morphological features. Read a press release of the discovery  here , read a Q&A with the lead author  here , and check out the open-access paper published in PeerJ  here .
  • The EES Department is thrilled to share the generous donation of MOVE software valued at $2.18 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.
  • Recent Ph.D. graduate Tyler Doane featured as AGU's Young Researcher Spotlight. Check out his spotlight here
  • EES has entered a new partnership with Tennessee State University's Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to increase diversity and representation in the geosciences. Funded by the NSF GeoPaths program, the TSU-Vanderbilt partnership is called Earth Horizons -- check out the program's  website and press release .


  • 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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