Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences

Our very own Sara Noble, Ph.D. '04 is being inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame! Click the link below for a video capturing Sara's accomplishments as part of the induction. Sara is currently at NASA HQ working as Program Scientist for NASA's new Lunar Program.
Sara Noble, Space Camp Hall of Fame

DEEPS is fortunate to have an amazing cohort of undergraduate concentrators. Three have been the recipients of NOAA Hollings Scholarships: Ashley, Nik Brocchini and Grace Molino. In addition, Grace has been awarded a Fullbright Scholarship. Read more about their research below.

Ashley BangAshley BangAshley is a junior concentrating in Geology-Biology in DEEPS.  In 2017 she received a NOAA Hollings scholarship, and this summer she will be working at the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Homer, Alaska. Her project will focus on the diet and life cycles of salmon and forage fish to better understand the effect of fisheries on fish populations.

Nik BrocchiniNik Brocchini

Nik is a sophomore concentrating in Geology-Biology. This summer he will conduct ecological research on Palmyra Island in the Pacific, funded by The Nature Conservancy through IBES. Next summer he will conduct research in a NOAA lab.


Grace MolinoGrace MolinoGrace Molino is a senior concentrating in Geology-Biology. In 2016 she was awarded a Hollings and in the summer of 2017 she did research in a NOAA lab on coastal zone protection strategies. Her Fulbright will continue her research on effects of sea level change; she will spend the 2018-2019 academic year working at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, with a focus on how restored coastal wetlands affect flooding and management. 



This gift will enable the next generation of geoscientists to learn industry standard tools and technology; ensure faculty has resources for research.

Providence, RI, 18 April 2018 – Students, faculty, and researchers in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University will now have access to the Kingdom Suite, thanks to a nearly $400,000 donation from IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), a source of information and software in the Earth Sciences.

The Kingdom Suite is used by students and faculty to analyze geological and geophysical datasets to understand the structure of Earth's sediments and crust. The software has greatly benefited ongoing research on sites spread on three continents and in the world's oceans. Access to this industry-grade software enhances Brown's research capacity, and trains students in the use of cutting-edge tools for geophysical data analysis, furthering their careers in industry or academia.

"The Kingdom Suite is a powerful but user-friendly package that has been enormously valuable to interpreting seismic reflection data from the world's lakes and oceans", said Professor James Russell. "Use of this software has led directly to several scientific drilling projects and multiple undergraduate and graduate student theses in the last several years."
IHS is a registered trademark of IHS Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners. 

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.


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Our department is known across the Brown campus as being open and friendly. Twenty-five faculty guide 80-90 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.