Our Graduate Program in Atmospheric Sciences (GPAS) offers research opportunities in atmospheric modeling and model evaluation, storm structure and dynamics, tropical climate dynamics, physical climatology, remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry and composition, the impacts of volcanism on climate, and paleoclimate. Candidates with a baccalaureate degree may apply for either the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree program. The GPAS is housed in a building which includes wet laboratories and state-of-the art computing facilities and maintains remote and in-situ sensing facilities at the Rutgers Gardens at the Photochemical Assessment Monitoring (PAM) site. The PAM Site houses a full range of trace gas and aerosol sampling, a 20 meter tower measuring turbulent fluxes, a wind profiler radar, and a state-of-the-art radiation monitoring system. The GPAS also has access to a full suite of research platforms through its affiliation with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the US Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) program. Close affiliations with the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton and the Goddard Institute for Space Studied in Manhattan provide collaborative research experiences for GPAS students.
Core Graduate Programs
Program in Earth and Planetary Science
Our Graduate Program in Earth and Planetary Science offers research opportunities in Quaternary Studies and Engineering Geophysics and graduate certificate programs in these areas. Candidates with a baccalaureate degree may apply for either the either the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree program. Graduate student research projects can take full advantage of the region’s diverse geology as well as be part of numerous ongoing research projects worldwide. Shared faculty, research, and facilities with Rutgers’ Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, and the Rutgers Energy Institute offer additional means of study and research possibilities, along with ties to the Departments of Geography, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources. Facilities and resources at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Princeton, and the American Museum of Natural History, are a few of the many nearby northeast research resources.
Program in Ecology and Evolution
Our Graduate Program in Ecology and Evolution offers research opportunities in conservation biology, ecosystem ecology, evolutionary biology, marine biology, microbial ecology, population and community ecology, population genetics, and restoration ecology. Candidates with a baccalaureate degree may apply for either the either the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree program. The graduate program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers graduate education and training in microbial, plant, animal, and human ecology under the direction of outstanding faculty located at three campuses (New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden); two marine stations (in Tuckerton and Bivalve); the Pinelands Field Station in New Lisbon; and the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York.
Program in Geography
Our Graduate Program in Geography offers research opportunities in physical geography (climate; snow-cover dynamics; land use and land cover change; invasive species; coastal geomorphology and process response modeling of beaches and dunes; groundwater and water supply; and environmental geography); human responses to environmental hazards; megacity disasters; human dimensions of global environmental changes; public health and risk communication; institutional and cross-cultural aspects of environmental management; political ecology; environmental justice; forest, fisheries, wildlife, and agro-ecologies. Each of these core areas may be enhanced through training in advanced geographical techniques—remote sensing, geographic information science and spatial analysis. Student research and educational opportunities are facilitated through the Geography faculty’s close collaborative links with a number of interdisciplinary research institutes and curricular programs including: the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Office of the State Climatologist, Water Resources Research Institute, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis.
Program in Oceanography
Our Graduate Program in Oceanography (GPO) offers research opportunities in real-time studies in the coastal ocean using advanced underwater instrumentation; biological and geological processes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents; remote sensing and ocean modeling; advanced underwater optics and fish behavior; biodiversity and marine molecular biology; coastal geomorphology; organism-sediment interactions; cycling of organic and inorganic materials in the ocean; watershed ecosystems. Candidates with a baccalaureate degree may apply for either the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree program. The GPO is housed in a state-of the-art research building which includes seawater, morphometrics, molecular biology, remote sensing, ocean modeling and cartography laboratories. Major equipment includes seawater flumes, a satellite receiving station, state-of-the-art computing facilities, and electron microscopes.