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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

Algal Physiology and Biogeochemistry 

Atmospheric Chemistry

Environmental Geochemistry 

Fault Mechanics and Processes


Near-Surface Geophysics

Ecology & Evolution

Fusion Ecology

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

Adam Kustka, Chair

"These are exciting times here in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, with notable onboarding of several new faculty specializing in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the addition of undergraduate & masters programs in environmental health and safety to our geosciences and environmental science degree programs, and our recent recruitment of six additional doctoral students through the NSF Bridges to the Doctorate program. Our research programs in geosciences, environmental sciences, ecology and evolution are globally distinguished. At the same time, they exemplify Rutgers’ role as an anchor institution for the surrounding community, through urban environmental research, various K-12 outreach programs and recruitment and cultivation of local talent into our laboratories and undergraduate and graduate programs. Our students are well prepared for careers in industry or academia. We are particularly proud to have one of the most diverse graduate student bodies in environmental sciences on the continent and possibly the planet."

-Adam Kustka, 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.

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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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Henry Moore


EES Research Fellowship Recipient: Henry Moore

Congratulations to Henry Moore for being selected for the 22-23 recipient of the DEES Research Award! 


Lee Slater

Lee Slater

Henry Rutgers Professor of Geophysics

Evert Elzinga

Evert Elzinga

Associate Professor

Ashley Murphy

Ashley Murphy

Ph.D. Graduate Student

Lily Khadempour

Lily Khadempour

Assistant Professor