Skip to content Skip to navigation


Sensory Earth tells multimedia stories about how geoscientists use advanced technologies in creative ways to improve our sensory perceptions.  From stunning radar images to sounds of screaming volcanoes, we learn more about the planet when more of our senses are engaged.  Come explore our strange and wonderful world.

November 13, 2014

Professors in the School of Earth Sciences who are making ongoing and consistent contributions to teaching were recognized at a recent faculty dinner. 

November 11, 2014

Jenny Suckale is endlessly fascinated by the Navier-Stokes equation, which she uses to study everything from volcanic eruptions to Antarctic ice flow. The story of how Suckale came to discover and love the Earth Sciences is as nonlinear as some of the natural phenomena she studies.

November 11, 2014

The best way to learn science is to actually do it. Students in the School of Earth Science's Wrigley Field Program in Hawaii spend the quarter measuring vegetation, coral reefs and volcanoes to understand the dynamics of one of the planet's most interesting ecosystems.

November 5, 2014

Energy Resources Engineering Prof. Margot Gerritsen was named a Stanford Bass Fellow for contributions to undergraduate education.

October 24, 2014

Earth Systems sophomores Emma Hutchinson and Mary Cirino researched Earth's climate, from the strongest wind system on Earth to the tropical Pacific, as part of the Stanford School of Earth Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research (SESUR) program.

October 22, 2014

A pioneer in the analysis of global land use change, Lambin employs advanced data collection and satellite imagery to understand human decision making and its influence on ecosystems and global environmental change.

October 20, 2014

Prof. Greg Beroza hiked to a tranquil redwood forest where he explained the origin and impact of a devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred 25 years ago. Back on campus, he and colleagues explained their leading edge seismology research.

October 17, 2014

This past Wednesday was a busy day for Rosemary Knight, whose team is wrapping up a two-week long project to use geophysical tools to map saltwater intrusion into aquifers along the Monterey Coast.

October 13, 2014

All countries, including wealthy economies like the United States, struggle with problems of food availability, access, and nutrition, said Stanford professor Rosamond Naylor in an Earth Matters lecture on the challenge of alleviating global hunger.

October 10, 2014

Rosemary Knight talks to KSBW about her team's ongoing project to map saltwater intrusion into aquifers along Monterey Bay.

October 10, 2014

High school students participating in the School of Earth Sciences internship program sat down with Earth Systems BS/MS candidate Alessandra Santiago to discuss their work in active research labs, their analysis of ancient animals and climate change, and what they gained from their time on the Stanford campus.

October 2, 2014

The extreme atmospheric conditions associated with California’s crippling drought are far more likely to occur under today’s global warming conditions than in the climate that existed before humans emitted large amounts of greenhouse gases, Stanford scientists say.

September 28, 2014

From as far away as Iceland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, China and Brazil, and from as close  as our own campus and the big state university across San Francisco Bay, 74 new students are on the path to Master's and PhD degrees in the Stanford School of Earth Sciences.

September 25, 2014

It's still 2014 but Geophysics Professor Mark Zoback can look forward to being honored in the New Year with the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award.  The  American Association of Petroleum Geologists is recognizing Zoback's contributions to the field of reservoir geomechanics.

September 22, 2014

Earth Systems alumnus Dan Karp is the co-lead author of a new study in Costa Rica that revealed that habitat destruction significantly reduces the incidence of evolutionarily distinct species.

September 12, 2014

A new study led by Rob Jackson finds that rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells.

September 12, 2014

Earth Sciences professors Kevin Boyce and David Lobell discuss the unexpected benefits of winning 2013 MacArthur Fellowships.

September 11, 2014

Peter Vitousek and colleagues in China have shown in a new Nature study that Chinese farming practices could be designed to simultaneously improve yields and substantially reduce environmental damages.

September 8, 2014

Geophysics Assistant Professor Tiziana Vanorio will receive the 2014 Innovative Teaching Award in late October from the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

September 4, 2014

Large earthquakes occurred much more frequently in the Bay Area during the 19th century, says Stanford geophysicist Greg Beroza. Last weekend's magnitude 6.0 quake in Napa was a reminder to stay ready for something bigger.

August 29, 2014

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering (SURGE) program brings students from smaller colleges, minority serving institutions, or underserved backgrounds to Stanford for a summer of Earth science research.

August 22, 2014

Geophysics professor Eric Dunham, the 2014 winner for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Earth Sciences, sits down for an audio interview to discuss his approach to teaching, the source of his infectious enthusiasm for mathematics and physics, and why students rave about his unusual oral midterms.

July 30, 2014

A new way of determining the hydrogen content in mantle rocks could lead to improved estimates of Earth’s interior water and a better understanding of our planet’s early evolution.

July 28, 2014


Subscribe to Stanford Earth News Subscribe to Earth Science News Updates