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 across the globe, from the tallest peaks of the Himalaya, to the vastness of Antarctica, to the unexplored 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

The Department honors two distinguished alumni annually. By celebrating their accomplishments, we provide current students exemplary role models.

Earth Science Distinguished Alumni

Earth Science News

Kristin Morell has been awarded the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for early-career faculty

Yann Ricard is the recipient of the Staff Citation of Excellence Award, an honor given to only 10 staff members on campus. 

David Valentine and his research team picked up national interest and featured on multiple news outlets. 

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