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Cliffs above New River

Earth and Environmental Sciences Departmental Goals

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Professor and students on a boat on Lake Ontario

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

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Cerdas Formation

Studying Earth Structure, Formation, Climate, and Dynamics

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Icesheet

Exploring Global Environmental Issues

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Petrenko Ice Lab

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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Research

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

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NASA Earth Observatory image of the Vredefort Crater by Lauren Dauphin. University of Rochester illustration indicating the epicenter of impact by Julia Joshpe.

Feature Story

Asteroid that formed Vredefort crater bigger than previously believed

Researchers have provided a more accurate simulation of the impact that formed Earth’s largest crater two billion years ago. Their findings are based on work that Natalie Allen ’20, first author of the paper, conducted as an undergraduate at Rochester.

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Seminars

Interested in geology and environmental sciences?

The department sponsors several seminars throughout the year, bringing notable speakers from around the country. Check out the seminar schedule for this year’s presentations.

Seminar Schedule

News

New Mineral Named After University Alumnus

Dave Mao, '66 MS and '68 PhD had a new mineral named in his honor.

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Spotlight

Matt Loman, PhD Candidate

What got you interested in Earth and Environmental Sciences?
A love of nature and a desire to understand and do something about climate change.

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Seismograph recording an earthquakeEarthquakes andVolcanoes
Ice Sampling at the Pakitsoq site, West GreenlandClimate andOcean Science
Students doing field workPlate Tectonics andPaleomagnetism

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