Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
My research focuses on the habitability of the early Earth and how it was affected by crustal processes and changing surface environments. The study of the early Earth requires a clear understanding of present-day sedimentary processes as well as an appreciation of the non-uniformitarian character of the early Earth. My research integrates multidisciplinary approaches by applying stratigraphic, provenance and geochemical analyses paired with detailed knowledge of complex geology at outcrop- to basin-scale. Specifically, my contributions to the field focus on: (1) Furthering our understanding of the formation of crust during the Hadean and Archean, (2) evaluating processes of early life recorded in the rock record and studying the influence of impact-related environmental perturbations on the biosphere, and (3) characterizing the poorly understood tectonic processes in the Archean.
Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering; Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment; Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, HKS
Daniel P. Schrag is the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology at Harvard University, Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, and Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.
Schrag studies climate and climate change over the broadest range of Earth history. He is particularly interested in how information on climate change from the geologic past can lead to better understanding of anthropogenic climate change in the future. In addition to his work on geochemistry and climatology, Schrag studies energy technology and policy, including carbon capture and storage and low-carbon synthetic fuels.
From 2009-2017, Schrag served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Among various honors, he is the recipient of the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union and a MacArthur Fellowship. Schrag earned a B.S. in geology and geophysics and political science from Yale University and his Ph.D. in geology from the University of California at Berkeley. He came to Harvard in 1997 after teaching at Princeton.
Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Vice Provost for Research at Harvard University
John H. Shaw joined the Harvard Faculty in 1997, and leads an active research program investigating structure of the Earth's crust. Prof. Shaw's program in Structural Geology & Tectonics emphasizes: 1) studies of active faults for earthquake hazards assessment; 2) three-dimensional structural and velocity modeling for strong ground motion prediction, and; 3) development of new technologies for petroleum exploration and production. These efforts involve the use of modern geologic and geophysical data, including 3D seismic reflection surveys and multispectral remote sensing imagery. Prof. Shaw leads the Structural Geology & Earth Resources Program at Harvard, an industry-academic consortium that provides data, software, and support for research.
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Director of Graduate Studies
Isotope geochemistry and historical geobiology. Re-animating ancient ecosystems and ocean chemistry using stable isotope systems, chemical speciation techniques, modern microbial experiments (for calibration) and theoretical considerations.
Fisher Professor of Natural History; Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Emeritus
Andy Knoll is the Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard University. He received his B.A. in Geology from Lehigh University in 1973 and his Ph.D., also in Geology, from Harvard in 1977.... Read more about Andrew Knoll
Talk Title: Promises and Pitfalls of Paleoredox Proxies in Carbonate Rocks
Abstract: The redox state of the oceans strongly influences organic carbon burial, habitability for marine biota, and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and critical redox-sensitive elements. There are various methods for reconstructing oxygenation and deoxygenation through Earth history: Of these,...
On Monday, Professor Andrew Knoll was awarded the Crafoord Prize in Geoscience from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for depicting the first three billion years of life on earth through studies of microfossils. A video about Professor Knoll's work and the prize can be found by clicking this link.
Please follow this link to a Science Magazine article featuring some great research by Roger Fu's group. The research has been featured in popular media as well including CNN and National Geographic. Congratulations to Roger and his team!
Please follow this link to an article featuring research that was recently completed at Los Alamos National Lab on one of our premiere gold samples. The accompanying video is definitely worth watching as well! Congratulations to Raquel Alonso Perez and the EPS Collections...
The EPS department believes that hands-on research is an unparalleled experience for undergraduates and allocates funding for students to work in labs and research groups during the school year and summer. For undergraduate job opportunites, which involves working in the lab of an EPS faculty member, please see the subpages on the left.
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of our friend and colleague, Ulrich Petersen (Harry C Dudley Professor of Economic Geology, Emeritus). Ulrich joined our faculty in 1963 and continued in that role until his retirement in 1995. He and his wife Eileen remained active in the department throughout the years and were happily present for our social gatherings such as the start of term celebration as recently as this past August. He was an excellent scholar and a truly fine man and will be greatly missed.
Please follow this link for a look at several new videos posted by the Harvard Museum of Natural History in relation to the new Earth and Planetary Sciences exhibition in the public galleries. Some good scientific content here featuring EPS researchers! If you have not taken the time to see the exhibit yet we encourage you to do so.