About EOAS

A World Leader in Research

A Deep Dive into EOAS

EOAS unites faculty, researchers, and graduate students studying Earth’s interior, continents, oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere, their interactions through Earth history, and their effects on human civilization today. From the Jersey Shore to ancient Australia, from deep-sea vents to the open ocean, from the Antarctic to the asteroid belt, EOAS research spans worlds. Our scientists bring together field observations, geological and biological sampling, state-of-the-art laboratory analysis, and advanced computation to investigate some of the most pressing scientific challenges of the twenty-first century. EOAS students learn how Earth works as an integrated system. Rutgers alumni in EOAS disciplines have become leaders in research, teaching, sustainable business, and environmental policy.

In Brief

  • We are a world-leading research institute and a hub of innovation and discovery.

  • We offer transdisciplinary educational experience in the Earth System Sciences.

  • We are dedicated to serving society.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The EOAS-affiliated graduate programs accept students from disciplines outside of the EOAS umbrella.

The Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere, and Biosphere are components of a coupled system. For example, sea level rise involves the warming of the oceans due to greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere and the location of specific shorelines relative to geological changes such as the rebound of the Earth’s crust as ice sheets melt. In addition, climate models have coupled a coupled ocean and atmosphere. A transdisciplinary education therefore enables students to address some of today’s most important scientific questions.

Yes, many EOAS graduate courses are designed to be transdisciplinary. Courses such as Climate Change Risk Analysis and The Ecology and Evolution of Climate Change are intended to attract students from a variety of Earth System Science disciplines. Many courses encourage discussions that entertain and vet ideas from different perspectives.


A History of EOAS

  • 1989

    Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences (IMCS), created through the efforts of Dr. J. Frederick Grassle and University President Edward J. Bloustein.

  • 2004

    IMCS realizes a tenfold increase in federal and state research funding over its first 15 years.

  • 2007

    Dr. Paul Falkowski, a member of the IMCS faculty, is inducted into the National Academy of Science.

  • 2008

    Dr. Francisco Werner, an Oceanographer well-known for Ocean Modeling, is appointed as the new director of IMCS—succeeding Dr. Frederick Grassle, who returned to the Rutgers faculty.

  • 2011

    Dr. Werner departs in January to become the director of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California.

    Dr. Richard Lutz, an Oceanographer and Marine Biologist, becomes the third director of IMCS.

  • 2013

    A whitepaper (suggesting the creation of a new Institute for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences that would expand upon the success of IMCS) is signed by over 70 faculty member in various Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric disciplines and is presented to Chancellor Richard Edwards and President Robert Barchi.

  • 2014

    The formal creation of the Institute for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS), which subsumes the existing IMCS, is announced by President Robert Barchi during his address to the University Senate on September 19.

    Dr. Mark A. Miller, a member of the faculty of the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Director of the Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science, is named as the first director of EOAS.

    President Barchi also announces the creation of Henry Rutgers Professorships during his address to the University Senate on September 19 and stipulates that one of the new professorships will be designated for Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

    Dr. Mark Miller creates the EOAS Faculty Advisory and Graduate Directors Committees to share in the governance of EOAS.

  • 2015

    The first EOAS-Seminar is delivered by Dr. Susan Roberts, the Director of the Ocean Sciences Board of the National Research Council, who reports on a survey of ocean science over the past decade.