Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences

Why choose Earth Sciences?!

Interested in pursuing an academic career in Earth Sciences? Hear from two current students about why they choose Earth Sciences and what they like about our program!



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Congratulations to Dr. Amy Myrbo on being selected as a Fellow for the U of MN Institute on the Environment

Amy Myrbo

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Myrbo on being selected as a Fellow for the U of MN's Institute on the Environment. "Benefits of affiliation include eligibility for IonE grants and matching research support, access to IonE support services, and the use of IonE facilities for research and meetings. In return, affiliates are expected to contribute to the IonE community through participation in events and other collaborative and interdisciplinary activities."-IonE


This Week's Department Seminar Speaker

Seminars take place on Thursdays from 4pm-5pm in B20 Tate Hall unless otherwise noted.


Dr. Dan Jones

University of Minnesota, Department of Earth Sciences & BioTechnology Institute


Title: Geomicrobiology of sulfidic mine waste from Minnesota’s Duluth Complex


Daniel S. Jones is the program coordinator for the MnDRIVE Environment initiative at the University of Minnesota. He is also a research associate in the BioTechnology Institute, and affiliate graduate faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences. Dan has a Ph.D. in Geosciences and Biogeochemistry from Penn State, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the UMN Department of Earth Sciences. Dan has diverse research interests in the field of geomicrobiology, and has studied microbial processes in cave systems, marine sediments, and acidic mine drainage. In his current role, he is studying microbial sulfur cycling in mining-impacted environments in Minnesota, and is developing bioremediation strategies for the management of mine waste. In January 2019, Dan will be moving to New Mexico, where he will be an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and will serve as the academic director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI). 


Upcoming Graduate Defenses


Ph.D. Candidate Evgeniya Khakhalova

Evgeniya Khakhalova: Ph.D. Candidate

Title: Observation of Vortex States in Intermediate Titanomagnetite and Their Evolution with Temperature

Advisor: Dr. Bruce Moskowitz

9 am | 201-20 Tate Hall | Friday, November 30th


Interested in Working with the Department of Earth Sciences?

If you are interested in applying for any positions available here in the Department of Earth Sciences, check out the current positions available for more information.



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