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 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 .
- EES professor Simon Darroch publishes articles in Nature Ecology & Evolution and Trends in Ecology & Evolution looking at the ecosystem complexity and eventual demise of some of Earth's oldest macroscopic life.
- Congratulations to EES emeritus professor, Calvin Miller, for receiving the MGPV (Mineralogy-Geochemistry-Petrology-Volcanology) Distinguished Geologic Career Award with its associated GSA Session (T141. Different Personalities of Granites and Rhyolites: Silicic Magmas from the Lower Crust to the Surface -- A Session in Honor of Calvin Miller, Recipient of the MGPV Distinguished Geologic Career Award)
- Congratulations to EES professor Jonathan Gilligan and co-author professor Michael Vandenbergh (Vanderbilt Environmental Law) for being recipients of VU's Chancellor's Awards for Research for their newly published book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change with Cambridge University Press –– see the review in Science and have a look!
- Check out the great article and video on professor Guil Gualda's Maymester course in New Zealand, also featuring EES PhD student Lydia Harmon –– Students dig into super-massive volcanic eruptions by Research News @ Vanderbilt.
- EES professor John Ayers has a new book published with CRC Press on Sustainability: An Environmental Science Perspective –– check out a copy today!
- 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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