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Earth and Environmental Sciences Departmental Goals

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Taking Part in a First-of-its-kind Study

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Studying Earth Structure, Formation, Climate, and Dynamics

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Exploring Global Environmental Issues

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Leading Faculty and Researchers

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Majors & Minors

Choose from geology, environmental science, environmental studies, and geomechanics.

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Graduate Studies

A variety of research choices allows students to specialize in one area, or explore a vast array of interdisciplinary studies.

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We specialize in geochemistry, environmental sciences, palaeomagnetism, geodynamics, geological structure and tectonics.

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From left to right: Kathryn Schreiner, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry (Univ. of Minnesota Duluth); PhD candidate Fenix Garcia-Tigreros (UR); Sparrow; and Kessler, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, aboard the research vessel in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. (University of Rochester photo / John Kessler)

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Ocean Waters Prevent Release of Ancient Methane

Ocean sediments are a massive storehouse for the potent greenhouse gas methane. But methane only acts as a greenhouse gas if and when it reaches the atmosphere. Environmental scientist Katy Sparrow ’17 (PhD) set out to discover whether or not the ancient-sourced methane, released due to warming ocean waters, survives to be emitted to the atmosphere.

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150department papers

cited 2,500 times in a recent 10-year period

Alternative Energy

Combining researchers and resources, the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) works to improve energy systems and to understand the impacts of energy technologies on the environment and human health.

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