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Geological and Environmental Sciences

Emeriti: (Professors) Robert Coleman, Robert R. Compton, Marco T. Einaudi, W. Gary Ernst,* William R. Evitt, John W. Harbaugh, James C. Ingle, Jr.,* Juhn G. Liou,* Ronald J. P. Lyon, Michael McWilliams, George A. Parks, Irwin Remson, Tjeerd H. Van Andel

Chair: Stephan A. Graham

Associate Chair: Donald R. Lowe

Professors: Dennis K. Bird, Gordon E. Brown, Jr., Stephan A. Graham, Andre G. Journel,** Keith Loague, Donald R. Lowe, Gail A. Mahood, Elizabeth L. Miller, David D. Pollard, Jonathan F. Stebbins

Assistant Professors: George Hilley, Katherine Maher, Jonathan Payne, Wendy Mao

Professors (Research): Atilla Aydin, Martin J. Grove, J. Michael Moldowan

Courtesy Professors: Ronaldo Borja, Simon L. Klemperer, James O. Leckie, Alfred M. Spormann

Courtesy Associate Professors: Elizabeth Hadly, Anders Nilsson

Lecturers: Anne E. Egger, Bob Jones

Consulting Professors: Alan Cooper, Brent Constantz, Francois Farges, Thomas L. Holzer, Jack J. Lissauer, Les Magoon, Mark S. Marley, Timothy R. McHargue, Kenneth Peters, Joseph Wooden

Consulting Associate Professor: Robyn Wright-Dunbar

Visiting Professors: Demir Altiner, Andrew Barth, Gary Byerly, Harry Green, Bas van de Schootbrugge, Diane Seward, Terry Seward

* Recalled to active duty

** Joint appointment with Energy Resources Engineering

Department Offices: Braun Hall, Building 320

Mail Code: 94305-2115

Phone: (650) 723-0847


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Courses offered by the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences have the subject code GES, and are listed in the "Geological and Environmental Sciences [GES] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The geological and environmental sciences are naturally interdisciplinary, and include: the study of earth materials, earth processes, and how they changed over Earth's 4.56 billion year history. More specifically, courses and research within the department address: the chemical and physical makeup and properties of minerals, rocks, soils, sediments, and water; the formation and evolution of Earth and other planets; the processes that deform Earth's crust and shape Earth's surface; the stratigraphic, paleobiological, and geochemical records of Earth history including changes in climate, oceans, and atmosphere; present-day, historical, and long-term feedbacks between the geosphere and biosphere, and the origin and occurrence of our natural resources.

The department's research is critical to the study of natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and floods), environmental and geological engineering, surface and groundwater management, the assessment, exploration, and extraction of energy, mineral and water resources, ecology and conservation biology, remediation of contaminated water and soil, geological mapping and land use planning, and human health and the environment.

A broad range of instrumentation for elemental and radiogenic/stable isotope analysis is available, including ion microprobe, electron microprobe, thermal and gas source mass spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance. The Center for Materials Research and facilities at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), and the U.S. Geological Survey in nearby Menlo Park are also available for the department's research. Branner Library, devoted exclusively to the Earth Sciences, represents one of the department's most important resources. The department also maintains rock preparation (crushing, cutting, polishing), mineral separation, and microscopy facilities.

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