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Learn about the exciting opportunities our programs have to offer.

Students cleaning trash and pollutants


Get to know our award winning faculty and see what our alumni are accomplishing with their Environmental Science degrees.

Maymester Trip

Check out highlights from our 2012 Earth and Space Sciences Summer Field Class to the Rocky Mountains of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Other trips have taken our students and faculty to Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico and along the Eastern Seaboard to the Adirondacks and Great Lakes regions.

Welcome to Our New Faculty

A warm welcome to our three newest faculty members in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences: Dr. Stacey Blersh, Assistant Professor of Hydrology, Dr. Scott Gunter, Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, and Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza, Assistant Professor of Geology.


Dr. Stacey Blersch


Dr. Scott Gunter


Dr. Diana Ortega-Ariza

Cameron McCarty

Recent Graduate At Forefront of Mars Exploration

Since fall 2015, Cameron has operated the engineering cameras and the microscopic cameras on the Mars rover Opportunity. As “Engineering Camera and Microscopic Imager Payload Uplink Lead,” he works about 4-5 days every month, telling the cameras on the rover where and when to take pictures.

Image courtesy of Columbus Ledger Enquirer »

Alumni Spotlight

Congratulations to ESS alumni Daniel Black, who took a job with the Army Corps of Engineers in Davis, CA; and to Dr. Karretta 'KK' Venable, for successfully defending her PhD dissertation.

Daniel Black

Daniel Black

Karretta 'KK' Venable

Karretta 'KK' Venable