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The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering program provides a fully funded 8-week research experience combined with a comprehensive training and mentoring, preparing participants for success in graduate school. 


January 28, 2014

Stanford scientists have developed a new "virtual earthquake" technique and used it to confirm a prediction that Los Angeles would experience stronger-than-expected ground motion if a major quake occurred along the southern San Andreas Fault.

January 23, 2014

Robert Jackson and his team discovered 5,893 methane gas leaks beneath the nation's capital.

January 17, 2014

A new study confirms a prediction made by Paul Segall that measurements of ground movement near a volcano vary with eruption rate. 

January 13, 2014

Four Earth Sciences PhD students aim to build an experiential sustainability learning center in Alaska.

January 9, 2014

Earth Sciences researchers in Antarctica ring in the New Year with a message for the Michigan State Spartans, who will play Stanford in the 100th Rose Bowl Game on January 1.

December 31, 2013

Powerful software developed by the Carnegie Institution for Science is now available at no cost to people who complete a training course hosted by Stanford Online.

December 17, 2013

Stanford scientists are studying a nearby abandoned mine for insights on transforming carbon dioxide gas into a solid mineral that can be permanently stored underground. Kate Maher talks about the research.

December 12, 2013

The uplift of two mountain ranges in Central Asia beginning 30 million years ago expanded the Gobi Desert and set Central Asia on its path to extreme aridity, a Stanford study suggests.

December 9, 2013

Stanford scientists are studying a nearby abandoned mine for insights on transforming carbon dioxide gas into a solid mineral that can be permanently stored underground.

December 9, 2013

Stanford researchers working in Mozambique point the way for an informal water practice to help solve one of the world's most pressing health and welfare issues.


December 6, 2013

Through the School of Earth Sciences, students took on a broad range of field and computation-based projects. 

December 2, 2013

Applications for most of our Master's and PhD programs are coming soon, as early as December 3 and as late as December 17. For an overview of Earth Sciences graduate degree programs, link to the headline above.

November 27, 2013

A new analysis of U.S. methane emissions indicates that previous studies underestimated emissions from human activity, particularly cattle farming and fossil fuel production. The work could provide a baseline for establishing new regulations of the powerful greenhouse gas.

November 26, 2013

In the School of Earth Sciences fall quarter Distinguished Lecture, Prof. George Hilley will explain how the Santa Cruz Mountains formed, the impact they have on our local quality of life and the “invisible” seismic risk they pose.The event starts at 4:15 p.m. in the Mackenzie Room in the Huang Engineering Center.  It is open to the public.

November 18, 2013

President Obama will nominate Prof. Orr to oversee energy and science research programs.

November 15, 2013

The Earth Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series presents "A Beautiful, Hazardous Haven: The Shaping of the Santa Cruz Mountains" by Prof. George Hilley
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:15 PM
Huang Engineering Center - Mackenzie Room
Reception to follow

November 13, 2013

New finding indicates that rare earth elements used in technologies from smartphones to wind turbines may exist in previously unexplored locations where mountains were built by collisions rather than where continental plates separated. 

November 5, 2013

Energy Resources Engineering consulting professor Richard Sears (MS Geophysics, 1976) helped coauthor a new National Academies report that recommends the U.S. Department of the Interior create an independent institute to evaluate and develop new technologies for offshore oil and gas operations.

October 29, 2013

A crowd of 50,000 football fans cheered for professors David Lobell (left) and Kevin Boyce to honor their recent MacArthur Fellowships. Toby and Kai Lobell joined in the festivities. Stanford went on to defeat UCLA 27-10.

October 21, 2013

Our new e-newsletter features discoveries and developments from the School of Earth Sciences. Enjoy the inaugural Earth Matters and subscribe to receive issues three times a year.

October 17, 2013

A relatively new, hybrid academic discipline, geobiology is a concentrated effort a to understand the co-evolution of Earth, life and the interaction of different life forms with Earth materials. New technologies such as gene sequencing and mass spectrometry have helped drive growth in the field in the past two decades. The addition of Kevin Boyce and Paula Welander strengthens Stanford’s presence in the field.

October 10, 2013

Managing the best, the brightest, the creative and the quirky.

October 9, 2013
Paula Welander

Paula Welander received a PhD in microbiology, and worked with Earth scientists – organic geochemists, to be precise – as a postdoc at MIT when they needed her expertise. Recognizing the power of interdisciplinary research, she joined the Stanford Earth Sciences faculty earlier this year as part of the growing geobiology program.

October 9, 2013


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