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 2024 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 at

Glaciology: Prof. Riley Culberg ( is seeking a Ph.D. student interested in using radar geophysics and remote sensing methods to study the englacial hydrology and structure of ice sheets and/or ice shelves.

Glacial and earthquake physics: Prof. Grace Barcheck ( is looking for students interested in glacial and earthquake physics. Projects will involve characterizing seismicity and related processes in glaciers and fault zones using dense seismic networks, complimentary geophysical datasets, and machine learning.

Atmospheric Sciences: Prof. Peter Hitchcock ( and Prof. Jonathan Lin ( are seeking to work jointly with a student on troposphere-stratosphere coupling in the tropics.

Prof. Peter Hitchcock is also seeking to recruit a student to work on new techniques for ensemble forecasting at subseasonal timescales.

Climate Intervention and climate modeling: Prof. Daniele Visioni ( is looking for students interested in exploring the topic of Stratospheric Aerosol Intervention, Marine Cloud Brightening or other Climate Intervention methods using available multi-model intercomparisons, targeted simulations with the Community Earth System Model and reduced complexity studies of aerosol properties and atmospheric chemistry. Potential projects may also involve downscaling of model output over specific areas, impact assessment modeling, simulations and measurements of the climate impacts of volcanic eruptions for validation purposes, and interdisciplinary work intersecting with ecology, marine biogeochemistry, epidemiology and social sciences.

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.

Geothermal Energy-Geophysics: Prof. Seth Saltiel ( is looking for students interested in enhanced geothermal systems, induced seismicity, and the mechanics of rock fracture. Projects will involve laboratory experiments, novel geophysical and visualization datasets, and machine learning towards constitutive law development.

Volcanic-Hydrothermal Systems: Prof. Carolina Munoz-Saez ( is looking for a Ph.D. students interested in the understanding the temporal and chemical evolution of hydrothermal systems in volcanic zones. Projects will involve field work in the Andes as well as laboratory work, data signal processing, and modeling. 
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, sustainable alternatives to traditional mining (e.g., biomining);  please contact Esteban Gazel (

Volcanic petrology: Prof. Esteban Gazel ( is seeking to recruit Ph.D., students interested in volcanic petrology, reconstructing the volatile evolution of volcanic eruptions using melt and fluid inclusions coupled with diffusion clocks. 
Volcanology and remote sensing: Prof. Matt Pritchard ( is looking for a Ph.D. student to work on an inter-disciplinary global synthesis of volcano remote sensing observations for the Earth and Venus.