News & Events

  • June 29, 2017

    Professor Alec Gates has received the Geological Society of America’s 2017 Public Service Award. The award, established in 1998, honors contributions that have materially enhanced the public's understanding of the earth sciences, or significantly served decision-makers in the application of scientific and technical information in public affairs and public policy related to the field.

  • April 11, 2017

    Sixteen current and former EES undergraduate students attended the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) 2017 Student Night along with Professors Dr Gates and Dr Slater in Somerset, NJ on 3/30/2017.  Students presented their research and two EES students won both best poster awards!

  • April 11, 2017

    Rutgers-Newark EES undergraduate students win 3 of the 5 scholarships awarded by the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association 2017.  Winners include; Dayana Arrue, Tonian Robinson, and Redwan Hassan.

  • January 11, 2017

    The acquisition, completed this fall, gives RU-N a multimillion-dollar research center on the Hackensack River estuary along with a sizable research-grant portfolio. It also makes the school an important source of environmental data for state and federal agencies as MERI continues to advance critical scientific research in the Meadowlands region.

  • January 05, 2017

    DEES students present research at the AGU's 49th annual fall conference in San Francisco, December 12 - 16, 2016.

  • October 26, 2016

    Undergraduate student Tonian Robinson was invited to present her research ‘Magnetic Susceptibility and its relationship to clay content and the petrophysical property of rocks’ at the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Conference in Washington D.C. this past weekend.  Only a handful of students from around the country are selected to present at this event each year.  Congratulations Toni!

  • October 17, 2016

    Congratulations to undergraduate students Maronda Mims, Debra Salters, Tonian Robinson, Allison Waldron, Brittany Washington, Shakeera Sheard, Yannie Donaldson, Michael Kirtz, and Ann-Marie Walker who presented their research at the 8th Annual Garden State LSAMP meeting on Friday October 7th 2016!  Tonian Robinson and Ann-Marie Walker both won awards for Best Presentations at the conference.  Tonian was also selected to present her research at the NSF Council of Undergraduate Research Conference in Washington D.C.

  • April 22, 2016

    Graduate student Omanjana Goswami received a Garden Club of America Award for Summer Environmental Study and a NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs of GFWC Margaret Yardley Fellowship.

  • April 18, 2016

    The Atmospheric Chemistry group has an opening for a postdoc in Marine Atmospheric Chemistry to begin July 1, 2016.

  • February 04, 2016

    Specifically, this is a video of “Google Hangout on Best Practices in Higher Education” which is why we were chosen.

    The two students are both DEES majors.
  • September 23, 2015

    Since 2009, Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N) has served as the lead institution in the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GSLSAMP), during which time GSLSAMP has seen an 84% increase in Latinos/as graduating in STEM fields of study (defined as science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    The success of the GSLSAMP program, led by Dr. Alec Gates has now been nationally recognized: Today GSLSAMP was named a “Bright Spot in Hispanic Education” by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The announcement was made by Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the Initiative, at the launch of National Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C. “There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential," said Ceja.

    For more information click here.

  • July 17, 2015

    The state laboratory that conducts scientific research in the Meadowlands will be taken over by Rutgers-Newark, a move approved Thursday that many say will secure the future of a group of scientists who have worked to restore the region’s ecology.

  • December 01, 2014

    Congratulations to PhD student Ying Zhu, who is one of three students nationwide to receive a travel grant from the Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society for her abstract submitted to attend the 249th ACS meeting in Denver, Colorado in March 2015. The award is made based on the impacts of results on the field of geochemistry, technical approach, and the quality and clarity of writing. Awardees receive an extended time allocation for their oral presentation. The title of her talk is:
    “Co-sorption of Fe(II) with As(III) and As(V) at the solid-water interface of aluminum oxide”.

  • November 12, 2014

    DEES is ranked #49 in Earth Sciences among U.S. Universities with Graduate Programs by U.S. News & World Report. This 2014 ranking was released in March and recognizes the great advances DEES  has made in research and graduate education. For more information see

  • November 12, 2014

    Alexander Gates, professor in DEES, was recognized  for his contribution to the Highlands to Piedmont program and Garden State LSAMP program.  These National Science Foundation (NSF) funded programs focus on broadening high-school and undergraduate participation of underrepresented groups within the geosciences.

    For the full article, click here.

  • July 18, 2014

    Dr. Alexander Gates received a grant of $3.5 million over 5 years from NSF for his Garden State LSAMP. This grant will support STEM education for underrepresented minority students at 8 institutions in northern NJ. This grant focuses on recruitment from community colleges and preparing students for graduate school.

  • June 22, 2014

    The ExxonMobil Foundation has made a generous contribution to the department to support qualified student participation in research and to encourage diversity in the Geosciences. These funds are especially designed for students who intend to pursue the Geosciences as a career but all qualified students are encouraged to apply.

  • June 06, 2014

    About 100 people attended the first ever alumni reunion in the history of the department. Current faculty and staff, four emeritus faculty, current students and about 60 former students were in attendance to learn about the department and renew old acquaintances. The reunion was the first step in integrating the valuable resource of the experience and expertise of alumni into the educational mission of the department.

  • April 02, 2013

    First year DEES PhD student Ashley Samuel ( received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This prestigious award was made based on her outstanding abilities and accomplishments, as well as her potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the US science and engineering enterprise. The duration of this fellowship is three years.

  • March 11, 2013

    Professor Keating, along with Professor Slater and Professor Binley (of Lancaster University), was awarded a grant from NSF for her research developing improved models of permeability using multiple geophysical methods. For more information visit: