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Earth & Environmental Science


Understanding the Earth processes is of utmost importance in the modern world. We offer curricula in environmental sciences, environmental earth sciences, earth engineering and environmental sustainability and prepare our students for successful and rewarding careers or graduate studies.

Our faculty have strengths in water, soil and air pollution and cutting edge techniques to study them. Research and education emphasizes practical applications, especially in the field. The program uniquely includes a field research station to facilitate research and education.

How You Will Learn

The department offers rigorous courses that are comparable to the best in the country. Student research is an integral part of the learning experience and provides opportunities for enhanced understanding. Technical abilities and effective communication are emphasized in preparation for successful careers and graduate studies. Small classes provide individual attention to students for enhanced learning. Our students are considered by both industry leaders and graduate programs to be well prepared for their chosen paths.

Research Initiatives

From the oceans to the atmosphere, Earth's surface and beyond, our faculty and students research all areas of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  See our individual research areas for further information.

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Atmospheric Chemistry

Environmental Geochemistry 

Fault Mechanics and Processes


Near-Surface Geophysics 

Algal Physiology and Biogeochemistry 

Ecology & Evolution

Fusion Ecology

Herpetology, Systematics, & Evolutionary Biology

Microbial Ecology and Symbiosis

Molecular Ecology and Population Genetics

Phylogeography and Paleobiology of Mammals

Terrestrial Ecosystem Science


Find out what the Department of Earth & Environmental Science is up in this video!

From the Chair

Alexander Gates

"The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences maintains strong programs in Geosciences, Environmental Sciences and Geoscience Engineering that are primarily applied and uniquely take advantage of local research and educational opportunities. The programs are recognized for their high quality and breadth both by industry and academia where they are highly ranked. The department takes pride in its mission of ensuring quality education and hands-on research experiences for its students."

-Alexander Gates, Chair

student in lab

Inaugural Black in Geoscience

Earth & Environmental Sciences celebrates Black In Geoscience Week

DEES has prioritized diversity in education, research and outreach. We take pride in participating in this great international recognition event. We recognize our great black students this week.

XRF map of Zinc distribution in a birch leaf collect at Liberty State Park, NJ
Earth & Environmental Science

101 Warren St
Smith Hall - Room 135
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

Tel: 973-353-5100
Fax: 973-353-1965

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EES Research Fellowship Recipient: Ashley Murphy

PhD student Ashley Murphy received the 1st annual EES Research Fellowship Grant.  Read the details of her work here.


Mihaela Glamoclija

Mihaela Glamoclija

Assistant Professor

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis

Associate Research Professor

Alon Rabinovich

Alon Rabinovich

PhD Graduate Student

Sina Saneiyan

Sina Saneiyan

Postdoctoral Research Associate