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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 graduate student Kelsea Best was one of five chosen for the Graduate Leadership Anchor Awards! Congrats Kelsea!
  • Two EES students were recognized by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Elizabeth Teeter, current PhD student, received a full fellowship, and Sarah Ward, upcoming EES graduate student, earned an honorable mention.  Congratulations! 
  • As part of 150 Years of Women at Berkeley, and in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the resolution to admit women into the University of California, Berkeley on the same terms as men, EES Prof. Kristen Fauria is featured as a notable Berkeley alum!
  • EES Postdoctoral research fellow Liz Chamberlain wins early-career award from International Association of Sedimentologists! Read about it here!
  • EES student Julia Tilton is featured in the VU Volume Scaffold (found here) for her essay Millions on The Move.
  • Check out EES professor Simon Darroch's research using fossil records featured here
  • The research of EES professor Larisa DeSantis is highlighted in The Hindu: Polar bears forced to forage eggs as warming shrinks hunting grounds
  • EES postdoc Isaiah Bolden is featured here when discussing Academic Pathways!
  • Work done by EES Prof. Jessica Oster and PhD student Cam de Wet on climate change in CA is featured here!
  • 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.


  • 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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