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Environmental Earth System Science

Chair: Scott Fendorf

Associate Chair: Kevin Arrigo

Professors: C. Page Chamberlain, Robert B. Dunbar, Scott E. Fendorf, Chris Field,* Steven M. Gorelick, Pamela A. Matson†, Paul Switzer**

Assistant Professors: Christopher Francis, Leif Thomas

Acting Assistant Professor: Alexandre Boucher

Courtesy Professors: Stephen Monismith, Peter M. Vitousek

Courtesy Associate Professor: Ken Caldeira

Courtesy Assistant Professor: Gregory P. Asner

Visiting Professors: Carlota Escutia, Ruth Blake, Ruben Kretzschmar, Wolfgang Kinzelbach, Brian McAdoo, Roy Wogelius

* Joint appointment with Biology

† Joint appointment with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

** Joint appointment with Statistics

Department Offices: Yang & Yamazaki (Y2E2), Room 135

Mail Code: 94305-4215

Phone: (650) 724-3293


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Department of Environmental Earth System Science have the subject code EESS, and are listed in the "Environmental Earth System Science [EESS] Courses" section of this bulletin.

Environmental Earth System Science studies the planet's oceans, lands, and atmosphere as an integrated system, with an emphasis on changes occurring during the current period of overwhelming human influence, the Anthropocene. Faculty and students within the department use the principles of biology, chemistry, and physics to study problems involving processes occurring at the Earth's surface, such as climate change and global nutrient cycles, providing a foundation for problem solving related to environmental sustainability and global environmental change.

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