Our department is instrumental in providing some of the most powerful computational tools and evaluation techniques required to interpret the complicated nature of metamorphic reactions within the earth. We are evaluating the thermodynamics of common metamorphic mineral assemblages, characterizing crystal growth and compositional changes, and developing analytical techniques to determine the ages of metamorphic events. These constrain the geologic history of a number of regions, including New England, the Adirondacks of New York, the Caledonides of Norway, and Greece.
Research in inorganic geochemistry in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences focuses on chemical equilibria and transport phenomena in solid-Earth systems (and to some extent in other terrestrial planets and meteorites). This umbrella takes in a wide range of systems, spanning the realm from core-mantle interactions to climate proxies.
My research covers the fields of solar and solar-terrestrial physics, ocean and environmental informatics, computational and computer science, distributed semantic data frameworks, digital humanities and exploratory large-scale visualization. The results are applied to large-scale distributed scientific repositories addressing the full life-cycle of data and information within specific science and engineering disciplines as well as among disciplines.
Freshwater and sediment environmental chemistry and hydrology
Our department has pioneered the use of chemical and isotopic markers to characterize the deposition of sediments and the effects of human development on these systems. We also are involved in characterizing sources, transport, and degradation of pollutants in surface and groundwater environments, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), common solvents, fuel products and additives, and other petroleum hydrocarbons.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers the study of Earth’s component materials, the development of its structures and surface features, the processes by which these change with time, and the origin, discovery, and protection of its resources—water, fuels, and minerals. Our students use techniques ranging from seismological and satellite-tracking investigations of crustal motions to state-of-the-art geochemical instruments.
A flexible program for students interested in interdisciplinary areas while maintaining emphasis in earth and environmental sciences. Students are encouraged to take electives in their field of interest, including some outside the department. These should form a coherent group and be approved by the adviser. The department adviser will consult with each student individually to arrange an optimal program in geology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, geophysics, or environmental geoscience.
Workshops, seminars & lectures
We educate our students for intellectual agility.
Rensselaer offers wide-ranging instruction and opportunities for individual study. Our program includes the study of the Earth's component materials, the development of its structures and surface features, the processes by which these change with time, and the origin, discovery, and protection of its resources—water, fuels, and minerals.