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Geology of Scotland Study Abroad

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Program Term: Summer

Want to do Geology? Want to do it in the beautiful country of Scotland? Want to earn credits while doing it?

"Earn four credits this summer exploring the landscape of Scotland! The soaring mountains, low lying valleys, fjords, river ways, and rolling hills of Scotland invoke visions of beauty and serenity. For a geologist, Scotland provides endless encounters with the land and every turn. This faculty-led course on Scottish Field Geography is designed to allow you to follow in the footsteps of the first geologists with visits to field sites where many of the major discoveries in geology were first made."

Find out more about this trip here!

Congratulations to our 2017 EOS Graduates!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 EOS graduates Sean Thatcher, Lillian Morales, and Jessica Scicchigno, all of whom are planning to continue their graduate studies in earth and environmental science fields!

Recap: 2nd Annual Graduate Conference on Research and Scholarship at CSI

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Earth and Environmental Science Master's student Maria Ivanova, pictured with her mentor Professor Athanasios Koutavas, presented her research in the 2nd Annual Graduate Conference on Research and Scholarship at CSI on May 11, 2017. For her research Maria used dendrochronology to study growth-climate variations in alpine mountain pines (Pinus heldreichei) from the Pindus Mountains of northern Greece. Maria also presented her separate research on ocean drifters and plastics pollution in the Pacific Ocean with Professor David Lindo-Atichati.

Follow Our Spring 2017 Field Trips on Storify!

Friday, April 28, 2017

GEO 106 Field Trip - Sterling Hills Mine, New Jersey (April 23, 2017)
GEO 111 Field Trip - American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan (March 28, 2017)

Recap: Beneath the Waves Film Festival - Tuesday, April 23, 2017

Thanks again to all that participated in and attended the Beneath the Waves Film Festival event! Stay updated on our upcoming events here or by checking our Facebook page.

EOS Undergraduate Student is NOAA Ship Nancy Foster's Featured Scientist!

Read about EOS undergraduate student Jessica Scicchigno's experience aboard the NOAA research Ship Nancy Foster at the ship blog

Follow EOS Students' Research Expedition in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Check out EOS undergraduate student Lilian Morales' blog on Dr. Lindo-Atichati's research group's spring break expedition to the US Virgin Islands with fellow students Jessica and Tatiana!

Summary of Student Research Talks - Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Over 40 undergraduate students attended this event to hear research presentations from 5 of their peers!

Three of the presenting students are working with Dr. Lindo-Atichati on a project that will see two of them spend spring break on a research vessel in the Caribbean. Jessica Scicchigno will collect biological data, in particular looking at baby fish, to interpret how seawater is moving between the shelf and the shelf break. Tatiana Vasyleva will collect physical data, such as temperature, salinity and pressure, again to see how different bodies of water move and interact. The third student, Lilian Morales, is responsible for maintaining a social media presence, informing campus and the wider community about the work being done on the cruise as it happens via the blog.

The other two students presented geochemical data collected and interpreted during their research with Dr. Alexander. Sam Rubin has been modeling concentrations of calcium and magnesium in water flowing through sediments on the sea floor, particularly where they are piled up and deformed when one tectonic plate subducts beneath another. The model accounts for some of the processes controlling these elements, and allows other processes, such as changing minerals in the sediments, to be identified. Sean Thatcher reported on the geochemistry of sedimentary rocks next to the igneous intrusion of the Palisades Sill. He has been identifying chemical signatures that are related to the original sedimentary rocks, and then interpreting chemical changes that occurred due to the intrusion of magma at a later date.

Any student who is interested in participating in research projects in Earth and Ocean Science are welcome to contact any of the faculty whose fields of research interest them.

Upcoming Talks - Spring 2017

Fall 2017 - Meteorology and Climatology Course

This new class will be added to the schedule if there is sufficient student interest. Please contact us if you would be interested in registering!

When? Lecture: Tuesday 12:20 – 1:10 and Thursday 12:20 – 2:15
Lab: Tuesday 10:10 – 12:05

-Anyone interested in discovering more about weather and climate
-Students majoring in the B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science or B.S. in Earth Science K-12 (this class is required
-Students taking the minor in Geology - this class is an elective (provided student has NOT already taken GEO 106/107 or GEO 111/112)
-Students majoring in Mathematics - this class may be taken as the second course in the science sequence after GEO 100/101 or 115/116, instead of GEO 102/103
-Also fulfills the STEM variant Scientific World category in Pathways
Please contact Dr. Jane Alexander or Dr. David Lindo-Atichati for more information, and to register your interest!

Fully Funded Master's Program Available in NYC!

For students looking for an amazing opportunity to further their earth sciences education and begin a career in education, this is for you!

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City offers Earth and space science graduates a chance to make a difference. This teaching fellowship combines coursework, mentoring, and real-world experience to prepare graduates for rewarding careers as middle and high school teachers.

With a sole focus on preparing new Earth science teachers, the MAT program is a full-time, 15-month Master's program that takes place at the museum and in urban partner schools. We seek a student body with diverse life and career experience, and the application is open to all candidates meeting the eligibility requirements. All degree candidates will receive free tuition and books and a $30,000 living stipend. In return, candidates commit to teaching in a high-needs school in New York State for four years.

We are currently accepting applicants for the class that will matriculate in June 2017. Prospective students looking for more information should explore our website, view our Informational Videos, and feel free to reach out to us for more information. Contact the program office directly at or (212) 313-7464.

Spring 2017 Internship Announcement!

Astronomy and Geology Editorial Internship with W.W. Nortin Inc., Publishing (Spring 2017)
The Astronomy and Geology Digital Media team is seeking a highly motivated intern to assist the digital media editorial assistant with editorial and production tasks in developing, managing, and producing forthcoming media and digital products. Please note: NO specific knowledge of Astronomy and Geology is required!

The intern will work with the digital media team to produce online and electronic instructor and student resource materials. Responsibilities will include working with online material, formatting test questions, and assisting with all stages of the publishing process.

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, digitally savvy, organized and focused, willing to learn new programs and skills on the job, and, most importantly, excited about the great potential for the media side of textbook publishing. Knowledge of Windows OS and Microsoft Office is required, and experience with Google spreadsheets is useful.

The internship is 3 or 4 days a week for three months, ideally starting January 9th. The specific work hours are flexible, but interns should be available to work 20 hours per week. Juniors, seniors, and recent graduates preferred.

If interested, please e-mail your résumé and cover letter as an email attachment to: Liz Vogt (

Follow Dr. Atichati's Project for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography Students on Twitter!

Follow Professor Atichati's ESC 110 (Meteorology and Climatology) and ESC 805's (Physical Oceanography) students' Twitter project which connects class material with students' daily lives! Follow @lindo_fall16 (#ESCLindo) on Twitter!

Earth 360: Geoscience Journeys (Part 2)

Tuesday, October 18, 2:30-4:30 (Club Hours)

Location: 3N-215

  • Samantha Gebauer - "Exploring Japan's Volcanic Landscape"

  • David Lindo-Atichati - "Diagnosing Marine Vortices South of Cuba"

  • Alan Benimoff - "A Geologic Journey from Anchorage, Alaska to Vancouver, Canada"

Earth 360: Geoscience Journeys (Part 1)

Tuesday, September 27, 2:30-4:30 (Club Hours)

Location: 3N-110

  • Sean Thatcher - "An Accessible Adventure Through Arizona's Geology"

  • Jane Alexander - "Hawaii - From High Volcanic Peaks to Coral Reefs Below the Waves"

  • Athanasios Koutavas - "Mountainous Greece"

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