Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering; Director, Harvard Univ. Center for the Environment; Director, Science, Technology and Public Policy Program, HKS; Area Chair for Environmental Science and Engineering
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.
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and co-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 and Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences
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 H. Knoll
Post-doctoral Fellow Drabon Group Joining Faculty July 2021
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.
Emily Stoll is an Academic Fellow in Dr. Nadja Drabon’s group. She focuses on using field-based sedimentology to understand what the Earth’s surface looked like over 3.2 billion years ago. Her master’s degree from Stanford University took her to Barberton, South Africa where she fell in love with the stunning rocks and intriguing puzzles of the early Earth. Her previous Archean research includes a provenance study incorporating stratigraphy, sandstone petrography, shale geochemistry, and detrital zircon geochronology, as well as a sedimentological-based analysis of banded chert deposition. Her current research continues to use sedimentary rocks of the Archean to explore the tectonics and crust of the Earth at that time
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.