Department of Earth and Environmental Science
The mission of our department is to bring the time perspective of the Earth
scientist/historian to bear on contemporary problems of natural-resource conservation and environmental quality.
We pursue this mission by exploring present and past interactions of processes that integrate the four terrestrial spheres:
lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere; by reconstructing the physical and biological history of our Planet to
provide a baseline for projection of observed trends into an uncertain future; and by educating future generations of
environmental analysts, managers, and planners to exercise responsible stewardship of Earth and her natural resources.
The Department seeks students with acknowledged curiosity about the Earth and the processes that affect our lives,
coupled with a sense of intellectual and physical adventure, and welcomes committed, energetic graduates from all
disciplines who seek the excitement that will be provided by a lifetime of discovery in the study of the history, the present
dynamics, and the future of Earth.
EES NEWSLETTER 2012
Dec 4 Laura Draucker
Greenhouse Gas Protocol
Dec 6 Matthew C. Lamanna
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Origin of Modern Birds: New Evidence from the Cretaceous of China and Antarctica
Dec 18 Nicole Khan
Department of Earth & Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania
PhD Dissertation Defense