Graduate Programs

We train world-class scientists. But more than this, we foster leaders in science that will go on to solve some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

Check out our graduate programs!

We offer M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in the graduate field of atmospheric science and M.Eng., M.S., and Ph.D. degree programs in the graduate field of geological sciences.

Faculty members in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences also participate in several interdisciplinary graduate programs, such as Earth Energy SystemsBiogeochemistryUpper Atmosphere and Ionosphere, and the interdisciplinary graduate minor program in Sustainable Energy.

For more graduate student resources view the Graduate Student Handbook.

Seeking Ph.D. Students

We are seeking Ph.D. students to work on the following projects to begin in the Fall of 2022 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 here:

Experimental petrology/geochemistry: Prof. Megan Holycross ( is seeking PhD students to work on the development of ‘crystal clocks’ for timing short-lived volcanic processes. Potential research projects will involve high-temperature experimentation and formation of numerical models for diffusion in crystalline systems.

Precipitation, extreme events, and climate change: Prof. Angeline Pendergrass ( is seeking at least one PhD student to join her team working on the Earth's hydrological cycle, climate dynamics, variability and change in the field of atmospheric sciences.

Low temperature geochemistry: Prof. Nicole Fernandez is seeking PhD students interested in isotope and trace element geochemistry, kinetics and thermodynamics of water-rock interactions, reactive transport modeling, chemical weathering and biogeochemical cycling within the Critical Zone.  Contact for further information.  

Geospace science: Prof. David Hysell ( is seeking multiple students to work on theory and observations of phenomena in the upper atmosphere and ionosphere related to space weather. Projects will involve the use of large international facilities as well as instruments made in our lab together with numerical simulations and forecast models.

Seismology-geophysics: Prof. Geoff Abers ( seeks students to join a group studying the structure and seismicity of subduction zones.

Mineral resources: One or two students for resource characterization, integrating mineral deposit geological data with operations and sustainable impacts, drillcore mineral and geochemistry models, mine waste characterization, and/or seafloor nodule geochemistry; please contact Prof Karin Olson Hoal (