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Message From Earth Systems Leadership

The Earth Systems Program remains vibrant as we recently passed our 20th year at Stanford! We are happy to report that we are still experiencing high levels of interest in our Program. We attribute this success to a number of factors, including new track options, increased course offerings, several new environmental faculty members, and increased awareness and interest in environmental issues. We continue to be inspired by the energy, creativity, and dedication of our students, faculty, and staff!

The Earth Systems Program emphasizes the interaction between the geological sciences, ecology and evolution, economics, and environmental technology. The Program provides Stanford students with a unified, coherent, and demanding interdisciplinary curriculum on environmental topics. It draws its strength from the excellent faculty in the schools of Earth Sciences, Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Business, Education, and Law. The Stanford Earth Systems Program is widely known and respected, and it serves as a model for curriculum development at a number of institutions around the country. 

The Earth Systems Program continues to draw enthusiasm at both the undergraduate and coterminal master’s levels. 65 to 70 faculty contribute as teachers and mentors. The Program’s superb staff continue to provide the “home” for the program: Kevin Arrigo (Director), Richard Nevle (Deputy Director), Deana Fabbro-Johnston (Associate Director), Julie Kennedy (Program Advisor), Kristin Tewksbury (Student Services Manager), Katie Phillips (Lecturer), and Melissa Vallejo (Program Administrator), and numerous student peer advisors and program T.A.s work together to maintain the Program's excellence.

Kevin R. Arrigo, Ph.D.
Victoria and Roger Sant Director, Earth Systems Program