Welcome to the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences at Stanford. We've had a dynamic presence at the university since its founding in 1891, when the first professor hired was geologist John Casper Branner.
Our school has long-term strengths in areas traditionally known as Earth sciences: understanding the solid Earth’s subsurface processes and their relationship to mineral and energy resources, to natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes, and to the evolution of the planet. Over the past two decades, we expanded and added expertise focused on the surface of the planet where people live, including land, ocean, freshwater and climate systems and the environmental changes going on within them.
Today, all of our research and teaching involves Earth processes – how the planet works – touching all seven continents and all the world’s oceans. At the same time, many of our faculty focus their attention on energy and many on environmental change.
We are advancing knowledge and educating a new generation of students to help solve the enormous resource and environmental challenges facing the world both now and in the decades to come.
Please explore our site to learn more about who we are and what we do.
Pamela A. Matson
Chester Naramore Dean
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Environmental Studies
State of the School 2016
Dean Pamela Matson's annual message to alumni
At Stanford Earth, we also share the university’s vision for sustainability in everything our institution pursues:
“Stanford University fully engages in sustainability challenges through research programs, projects and partnerships; campus buildings and student residences; energy, water, dining and transportation operations; and many courses, academic programs and learning activities. The Stanford community aspires to the goal of human wellbeing across generations and around the world, and is committed to including social, ethical, economic, ecological, environmental and resource considerations in decision making. We hope every student at Stanford shares this goal and learns how to engage effectively in reaching it.” ~ Provost John Etchemendy