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Message from the Director

Hello, and welcome to Stanford’s Earth Systems Program!

We are an interdisciplinary bachelor’s and co-terminal master’s program within the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences. As the largest undergraduate major within the School of Earth, we engage students who possess a wide range of interests, from understanding the way the Earth works, to promoting sustainability and conservation, developing engineering solutions to today’s global challenges, and communicating environmental science and policy. In fact, the Earth Systems Program has never been more relevant to the issues we face as a society in a fast-changing world, and as a university striving to support sustainable practices locally and globally.

Through rigorous interdisciplinary coursework and a variety of internship opportunities, students reflect on and shape their future. Our engaged faculty from across the university teach courses in the seven Earth Systems tracks and serve as student academic advisors. Our track system offers students both breadth and depth through its many choices of specialization. A strong network of student advisors and TAs also ensure that the program remains student-directed and student-focused. Our diverse students go on to enjoy careers in research, engineering, government, teaching, consulting, and non-profit organizations.

Earth Systems draws strength from the people that make up the program—its students, staff, and faculty. We strongly value diversity and inclusion, and strive to create a supportive community. I have always been impressed by the passion, creativity, and dedication of those who engage with the program, and I am excited to join the Earth Systems team this year with Deana Fabbro-Johnston (Associate Director), Richard Nevle (Deputy Director and Instructor), Thomas Hayden (Director and Instructor, MA Program in Environmental Communication), Suki Hoagland (Internship Director and Instructor), Anahid Babekian (Assistant Director of Student Services), Melissa Vallejo (Program Administrator), and the many faculty who make up the program’s executive committee.

 

Karen Casciotti

Victoria and Roger Sant Director, Earth Systems Program