Courses

Fall Courses

Fall 2020
Earth History
Subject associations
GEO 362 / ENV 362
This course seeks to understand the 'how' of Earth history by integrating many branches of Earth system science including geochronology, paleomagnetism, tectonics, petrology, paleoclimate, sedimentology, geochemistry, and geobiology. Through a detailed study of the relevant datasets, models, and theories, students in this course will engage and struggle with these seemingly disparate fields to arrive at a better understanding of how an imperfect geologic record can be used to produce an accurate representation of our planet's history.
Instructors
Blair Schoene
Fall 2020
Fundamentals of the Geosciences II
Subject associations
GEO 506
A survey of fundamental papers in the Geosciences. Topics include present and future climate, biogeochemical processes in the ocean, geochemical cycles, orogenies, thermochronology, rock fracture and seismicity. This is the core geosciences graduate course.
Instructors
Laure Resplandy
Blair Schoene
Jeroen Tromp
Bess Ward
Fall 2019
Structural Geology
Subject associations
GEO 373
An introduction to the physics and geometry of brittle and ductile deformation in Earth's crust. Deformation is considered at scales from atomic to continental, in the context of mountain building, rifting, and the origin of topography.
Instructors
Blair Schoene
Fall 2019
Fundamentals of the Geosciences II
Subject associations
GEO 506
A survey of fundamental papers in the Geosciences. Topics include present and future climate, biogeochemical processes in the ocean, geochemical cycles, orogenies, thermochronology, rock fracture and seismicity. This is the core geosciences graduate course.
Instructors
Adam Maloof
Satish Myneni
Laure Resplandy
Blair Schoene
Jeroen Tromp
Gabriel Vecchi
Bess Ward

Spring Courses

Spring 2022
Quantifying Geologic Time
Subject associations
GEO 464
This course explores the theory and application of the different ways that the vastness of geologic time is quantified and applied to understanding the rates and sequences of events in Earth history. It focuses on radiogenic isotope geochemistry and geochronology but also will cover other methods such as astrochronology and the geomagnetic polarity timescale. We apply these methods to understanding processes such as the origins of Earth and the Solar System; the causes of mass extinctions and climate change; plate tectonics, magmatism, and super eruptions; animal evolution; and archeology.
Instructors
Elizabeth Niespolo
Blair Schoene
Spring 2021
Rocks
Subject associations
GEO 372
This course serves as an introduction to the processes that govern the distribution of different rocks in the Earth. We learn to make observations from the microscopic to continental scale and relate these to theoretical and empirical thermodynamics. The goal is to understand the chemical, structural, and thermal influences on rock formation and how this in turn influences the plate tectonic evolution of our plant.
Instructors
Blair Schoene
Spring 2021
Responsible Conduct of Research in Geosciences (Half-Term)
Subject associations
GEO 503 / AOS 503
Course educates Geosciences and AOS students in the responsible conduct of research using case studies appropriate to these disciplines. This discussion-based course focuses on issues related to the use of scientific data, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, research misconduct, conflicts of interest, the role of mentors & mentees, issues encountered in collaborative research and the role of scientists in society. Successful completion is based on attendance, reading, and active participation in class discussions. Course satisfies University requirement for RCR training.
Instructors
Regan Crotty
Thomas Duffy
John Higgins
Larry Horowitz
Sonya Legg
Catherine Riihimaki
Allan Rubin
Blair Schoene
Frederik Simons
Jeroen Tromp
Gabriel Vecchi