Department Highlights

Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 

Congratulations to our ECS seniors who graduated this spring! We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. 

Spring Break 2024 Colorado Plateau Field Trip

April 2024
Spring break field trips have returned! Prof. Jack Ridge led 7 undergraduate students across the Colorado Plateau, from Las Vegas, NV to Grand Junction, CO during spring break week. View a few (of the many) trip photos here.  

Fall 2022 Mineralogy Field Trip 

Students in Prof. VanTongeren’s Introduction to Mineralogy course took a field trip to central New Hampshire. They visited the famous Palermo No. 1 pegmatite mine (huge quartz, feldspar, mica, and rare mineral collecting), visited important outcrops in the history of the Appalachian mountain building event, and hiked up the Mt. Cardigan pluton for some stunning views over the White Mountain National Forest.

Congratulations to the EOS class of 2021

We congratulate our graduating EOS seniors! After completing a challenging year, the students took part in time-honored Tufts traditions like painting the cannon and receiving their personalized geologic hammers. We congratulate the students on their achievements and send our best wishes for the future.

Fall 2020 'Welcome'

We welcome our new and returning EOS students, in-person or virtually. This semester will be different than previous years, but together we will meet the new challenges. We are excited to get back to geology!

GSA Career Newsletter

Students and early career professionals: the Geological Society of America is offering webinars on career pathways in geothermal energy and the USDA Forest Service. Read the GSA's career newsletter to register and find other career resources.

Professor VanTongeren named Merrin Faculty Fellow

We are happy to announce that Associate Professor Jill VanTongeren has been named the Merrin Faculty Fellow for 2019-2020. The Merrin Fund for Faculty Excellence supports faculty development in A&S, and was established by Ed and Vivian Merrin in 2006, who have a long history of generosity to Tufts. Jill is only the 5th Merrin Faculty Fellow at Tufts. We congratulate her on this honor.

Professor Kemp awarded NSF CAREER Grant

We congratulate Professor Andrew Kemp on winning a CAREER Grant from the National Science Foundation. This highly prestigious award supports early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. During his project, titled "Dynamic sea-level trends during the last two millennia," Prof. Kemp will use salt marsh sediment cores to study relative sea-level changes along the Atlantic coast of North America. His results will help inform projections of 21st century sea-level rise, and he will help promote science literacy through a collaborative art exhibition at SMFA that explores the causes and ramifications of regional sea-level rise.

EOS welcomes Jill VanTongeren

We are excited to announce that Jill VanTongeren will be joining the EOS department this spring as an Associate Professor, after five years at Rutgers. She will be teaching courses on mineralogy and petrology and continuing her research on evolution of large magma chambers, which has taken her to South Africa and Antarctica.

EOS welcomes Dr. Noel Heim

We're very pleased to announce that Dr. Noel Heim will be joining the EOS department this fall as a Lecturer in Paleontology and Historical Geology. Noel comes to us from Stanford University where he has been a Research Scientist and Instructor since 2012. We are excited for him to bring his expertise in invertebrate paleontology, evolutionary trends, and paleobiology.

EOS researchers show that sea level rise could be mitigated by aiming for a more aggressive global temperature target

In a new study published in Environmental Research Letters, Tufts Earth and Ocean Sciences postdoctoral researcher Klaus Bittermann and Assistant Professor Andrew Kemp show that that aiming for a global average temperature rise just 0.5 degrees Celsius lower than the Paris Agreement target of 2 degrees Celsius would have significant impact on the preservation of global coastlines. Read about their research in Tufts Now.

Summer activities in the Garven Hydrogeology Lab

In June, Professor Grant Garven was invited to give a keynote lecture on regional groundwater flow at the International Association of Hydrogeologists meeting in Calgary, Alberta. Grant discussed his recent research on helium migration through large faults in southern California.

Throughout July, Prof. Garven is conducting a hydro-seismology experiment with collaborators from Harvard University. Their goal is to monitor low-frequency acoustic waves produced by the migration of groundwater through fractured bedrock underlying the Medford campus.

In August, Prof. Garven and former student Jesse Starger will complete computational modeling studying of reactive flow and mineralization induced by the hydrothermal convention of seawater around black smokers along mid-oceanic ridges.