The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers unique geoscience education and research opportunities. Unlike nearby Earth Science departments, we focus on applied environmental education and research that serves well students wishing to pursue careers in the growing environmental consulting sector that is strong in New Jersey.

Our faculty strengths are in atmospheric chemistry, soil geochemistry, near surface geophysics, ocean biogeochemistry and structural geology. We have a well-established PhD program in Environmental Science with seven graduates within the last six years and eleven students currently enrolled full-time.We collaborate closely with the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers (Busch Campus) and the School of Environmental & Biological Sciences at Rutgers (Cook Campus) to offer broad educational-research opportunities for both faculty and students. The department is also heavily engaged in educational outreach programs that offer unique opportunities for minority high schools students within the Newark Public Schools system.

RECENT NEWS - Updated April 2011

Department Seminar Series
Fall 2011

  • Zhongjie Yu (Rutgers - Newark) - September 28, 2011
  • TOPIC: Temporal and spatial variability of soluble nitrous oxide and methane in Shanghai river network
  • Dr. Benjamin Bailleul (Rutgers - New Brunswick) - October 5, 2011
  • TOPIC: Adaptation of photosynthesic function to iron status in two ecotypes of the Prasinophyte Ostreococcus
  • Dr. Yuan Gao (Rutgers - Newak) - October 12, 2011
  • TOPIC: My dream going to the Arctic: searching for more answers to the Arctic ice melting
  • Dr. David Fitterman (USGS-New York) - October 19, 2011
  • Dr. Lee Slater (Rutgers - Newak) - October 26, 2011
  • TOPIC: Searching for geobatteries associated with hydrocarbon biodegradation: findings from the 2010-2011 field campaign at the National Crude Oil Spill Fate and Natural Attenuation Research Site
  • Dr. Dr. Tad Smith (SEG Honorary Lecturer) - November 3, 2011
  • TOPIC: Practical seismic petrophysics: The effective use of log data for seismic analysis
  • Dr. Karina Schafer (Rutgers - Newak) - November 9, 2011
  • TOPIC: Tempoaral Dynamics of Methane Fluxes in Temperate Urban Wetland
  • Dr. Evert Elzinga (Rutgers - Newak) - November 16, 2011
  • TOPIC: Control of aqueous Mn(II) and Fe(II) on the mineralogy and structure of Fe- and Mn-oxides in suboxic and anoxic soils and sediments
  • Dr. Adam Kutska (Rutgers - Newak) - November 30, 2011
  • TOPIC: Genome-enabled investigations into Fe and C metabolism by diatoms - and potential applications towards geomicrobiology
  • Dr. Doug Oldenburg (SEG Distinguished Lecturer) - December 9, 2011
  • TOPIC: Imaging the Earth's near surface: The why and how of applied geophysics for the 21st century
  • Dr. Kristina Keating (Rutgers - Newak) - December 14, 2011

    Faculty News

    Onboard the Icebreaker

    Dr. Yuan Gao recounts her four-month research journey to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica Please see link for details.