Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Elliot RosenbergElliot RosenbergUndergraduate research helps demystify Mars's early climate:
Undergraduate Eliott Rosenberg and DEEPS Professor James Head have estimated the volume of water required to carve Mars's valley networks in a paper recently published in Planetary and Space Science. The paper resulted from an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (UTRA) that allowed Mr. Rosenberg and Professor Head to research the topic in the summer of 2014. For more information, see the News from Brown article. 

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DEEPS is fortunate to have some of the best and brightest undergraduate students.

Nick OMaraNick OMara Alan Gorchov NegronAlan Gorchov NegronJasmine McAdamsJasmine McAdamsNick O'Mara and Alan Gorchov-Negron have won NOAA Hollings Scholarships in a very competitive national competition. They will be inducted May 2015 and will be funded for research at a NOAA lab for Summer 2016. Jasmine McAdams, a receipient last year, will be working in Washington, D.C. this summer for the U.S. Global Change Research Program on the indicators team. Her project will focus on developing a regional indicator for sea level rise that can be of practical use for climate change adaptation.

Lovinia ReynoldsLovinia ReynoldsDanii CarrascoDanii CarrascoLovinia Reynolds and Danii Carrasco have both won Mellon Mays Fellowships. Lovinia will be working in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil on a reforestation project, under the guidance of Stephen Porder; she will research how soils and nutrient cycling in degraded areas influence reforestation success. Danii will investigate how anatomy, substrate and motion interact to produce the preserved dinosaur tracks we see on the surface; her work will be done with Professor Stephen Gatesy's mentorship.

Ned WilligNed Willig


Ned Willig has been awarded a Voss Fellowship. He will pursue research on soil nutrients under the guidance of Stephen Porder.

Allison LawmanAllison Lawman


Allison Lawman has won a very competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which will provide 3 years of funding toward her PhD. She will be going to UTA to pursue her PhD in paleoclimate studies. Congratulations to all our amazing undergraduate students!

Our Graduate Program is rated among the top programs in the nation and the world. Our faculty members, nationally and internationally acknowledged leaders in their fields, engage in externally supported research which is defining the direction of inquiry for the next decade. Prospective grad students: click here.

The Undergraduate students enjoy small class sizes in modern teaching facilities, and even in their first year have the opportunity to get involved in cutting-edge research.


Climate and Environment GroupClimate and Environment Group

Our department is known across the Brown campus as being open and friendly. Twenty-five faculty guide 40-50 undergraduate concentrators and 50-60 graduate students in a collaborative and fun learning environment.

On July 1, 2014 the Department of Geological Sciences became the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. The name change better represents the diversity of work done in the Department and more accurately reflects the character of the scholarship, teaching, and training in our Department. We believe that changing our name to the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences does justice to the balance of research and teaching of our faculty.