Geology

Geology

Nadja Drabon

Nadja Drabon

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.
24 Oxford Street, Rm 367-368
Cambridge, MA 02138
Daniel Schrag

Daniel Schrag

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.

Geochemical oceanography, paleoclimatology, stable isotope geochemistry.

Assistant: Denise Sadler

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Room 433F
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7676, f: (617) 496-0425
John Shaw

John Shaw

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.

Research Group Coordinator: Elizabeth Busky

EPS
20 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office location - Geological Museum 215
p: (617) 495-8008, f: (617) 495-8839
David  Johnston

David Johnston

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.

Research Group Coordinator: Mallory Bradbury

EPS
20 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office Location: Geo Mus 363
p: 617-496-5024 f: 617-384-7396
Andrew Knoll

Andrew Knoll

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

Harvard University Botanical Museum
26 Oxford St.
Cambridge MA 02138

Office location: Botanical Museum Room 50
p: 617-495-9306, f: 617-495-5667
2022 Apr 04

EPS Colloquium - Professor Kim Lau, Penn State, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Department of Geosciences

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Geo Mus - 102 (Haller Hall) and Zoom

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,...

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In Memoriam: Ulrich Petersen (1927-2017)

November 20, 2017

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.

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2015 Mar 26

Faith in Nature: Noah’s Flood and the Development of Geology

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Knafel Center

Faith in Nature: Noah’s Flood and the Development of Geology

March 26, 2015 | 4:15 PM

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

 Lecture by David Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

 The geologist David Montgomery explores the interface of science and religion through flood stories from cultures around the world. 

 Montgomery investigates the ever-changing nature of truth and how the work of early scientists, theologians,...

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