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Cornell’s Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Eliminates GRE Requirement

By: Erin Philipson

Both graduate fields in Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences have announced that they will be dropping the requirement for the general GRE test. This impacts the fields of Atmospheric Sciences and Geological Sciences. The change in admission process will be effective for the fall 2021 application cycle for all graduate and professional degree programs in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. During 2020, faculty began a new holistic review of applicants to the MS and Ph.D. programs. “In the first round of review, we hid the GRE scores but evaluated the candidates using all of the... Read more


Cornell’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science Received a $1.4M NASA Grant to Study the Global Effects of Volcanic Ash on the Earth System

By: Erin Philipson

Every year at least 50 volcanic eruptions affect over 10% of the world’s population. Some eruptions like Pinatubo (1991) and Laki (1783) were so powerful that they globally impacted the climate of our planet. The interdisciplinary research team of Natalie Mahowald, Esteban Gazel, and Matthew Pritchard from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences received a $1.4M grant from NASA to study the global effect of volcanic ash on the Earth system. The project involves collaborators from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), among... Read more

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Harnessing the vast offshore wind energy resource

Sara C. Pryor, Professor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Rebecca Barthelmie, Professor in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, have started work on a new research project designed to unlock the power of the wind along the US eastern seaboard. The project is jointly funded by the U.S Department of Energy and NYSERDA. It will provide information to wind farm developers and help ensure that this massive energy resource is harnessed at the lowest possible cost of energy. The project is entitled ‘Reducing LCoE from offshore wind by multiscale wake modeling’ and will run... Read more

EAS Openings

Seeking Ph.D. students to work on new projects starting 2021

We are seeking Ph.D. students to work on the following projects to begin in the Fall of 2021 in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. Please contact the faculty listed below for more information. Details on applying to Cornell are available through the Graduate School website. List of Open Projects Read more

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New CRADA Signed Between NREL and two Cornell Faculty

A new Co-operative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) has been signed between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and two Cornell faculty researching wind energy Professor Rebecca Barthelmie (MAE) and Professor Sara C Pryor (EAS). The agreement entitled ‘Wind plant flow physics and power performance in complex environments’ is focused on co-operative research into how the complex flows around wind turbines (wakes) interact, especially in large arrays, and how this impacts power output and the near-environment. This work continues a long-standing co-operation between the two... Read more

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Postdoctoral Research Position

Applications are sought for a NASA funded three-year post-doctoral research position in the exciting new cross-disciplinary field to study atmospheric transport of soilborne pathogens at Cornell University. This position will be held jointly between Plant Pathology and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The position entails linking remote sensing and atmospheric modeling tools with plant disease ecology and comparative genomics. The goal of this project is to develop a model for long range soilborne plant pathogen dispersal with earth system and aerosol transport modeling informed by remote... Read more

Earth @ Home

New online Earth science outreach effort from PRI

PRI has launched a major new free online learning platform designed to help anyone in the United States – from K-12 and college-level students and educators to the general public – learn about the Earth where they live. The site is headed by PRI's Director of Science Communications and Cornell EAS Adjunct Associate Professor, Jon Hendricks (PhD '05). Earth@Home™ is rich with interactive content about Earth and its life, with a focus on geology, paleontology, climate, and the connections among Earth’s systems. The major components of the new online platform include regionally-based guides to... Read more

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Cornell Atkinson awards $250K in COVID research grants

By: Blaine Friedlander

Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability funded a joint project between EAS and the Department of Communications - Gregory Dietl, Jaleigh Pier and Jonathan Schuldt will conduct a national survey to determine if a prolonged and severe pandemic can change public support for conversation. Read more


$7.2M grant funds exploratory research into Earth Source Heat

By: Syl Kacapyr

The Earth Source Heat project, of which Teresa Jordan and Patrick Fulton are major collaborators, secured a U.S. Department of Energy grant, expected to total about $7.2 million to help verify the feasibility of using a novel geothermal energy system to heat Cornell's campus. “The international geothermal research community and the national geosciences community were eager collaborators in imagining novel experiments, and they generously lent their expertise to transform those ideas into a practical drilling and science plan,” said Teresa Jordan, the J. Preston Levis Professor of Engineering... Read more