This Department is committed to anti-racism. We acknowledge the systemic discrimination that People of Color and other marginalized groups face, and the responsibility that our field and our department bear for this inequity. We affirm that Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples’ lives matter, and that it is our responsibility to put meaningful actions behind those words. We pledge to bring our policies in line with our values of racial justice and UCSB’s Principles of Community. We resolve to create equitable and inclusive communities within our classrooms, laboratories, and field stations. With so much to learn, we commit to introspection and growth. Earth Science teaches that steady, incremental actions can transform the world. We are determined to do the work to create the just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive department to which we aspire.

We conduct research in diverse regions ranging from the tallest mountain peaks of the Himalayas, the wilderness of Antarctica, to the undiscovered depths of the ocean floor.

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Our graduate and undergraduate students participate directly in the excitement of exploring terra incognita. Taught by a distinguished and dedicated faculty (including several members of the National Academy of Sciences, and winners of the UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award), students discover the unfolding planetary drama of which they are part.

Earth Science Education

Earth Science Distinguished Alumni

Every year the department honors one or several of its alumni. We celebrate their accomplishments while providing our current students with exemplary role models.

Earth Science Alumni

Earth Science News

Doctoral student Amy Moser won a 2020 Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes graduate students who have shown excellence and gone above and beyond as teachers at UC Santa Barbara. Amy was one of only eleven students chosen out of over two hundred grads nominated for their exceptional teaching. Congratulations Amy! You are an inspiration to us all.

UCSB's The Currrent highlighted innovative interdisciplinary research on societal Response to COVID-19 by Han Xiao, Zach Eilon, Chen Ji and Toshiro Tanimoto published in Seismological Research Letters

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