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Research Opportunities

The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) department at Tulane University is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2022 for a range of projects. All accepted students will be supported with a tuition waiver and stipend, associated with a combination of research or teaching assistantships and fellowships. The deadline to submit graduate applications is January 9, 2022. We do not use the GRE for admissions. For more information on how to apply, please see this website.


The department has 13 faculty members and 30 graduate students. EES is actively building a culture based on values of EDI and anti-racism. Tulane is in New Orleans – a city with tremendous diversity of cultures and community. Rarely a weekend goes by without a festival, and events like Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, and French Quarter Fest draw tourists from around the world.


Below is a brief description of currently available research projects. Interested applicants should contact the listed professor for more details on the research. For general questions about the graduate program, contact Nicole Gasparini (ngaspari@tulane.edu), director of graduate studies in EES.

  • Prof. Jennifer Whitten (jwhitten1@tulane.edu) is recruiting a student to study the morphology of south polar layered deposits of Mars and the climate record preserved in this extensive polar ice deposit. The project involves producing a US Geological Survey geologic map of the south polar region of Mars. Students will use multiple orbital datasets to analyze the geomorphology and surfaces properties of this region of Mars.
  • The Geophysics and Active Tectonics Research (GATR) group seeks students interested in the study of stress states within Earth's subsurface, with application to local and global hazards.  We also encourage applications from students interested in seismology applied to magmatism in rift zones. Contact Prof. Cynthia Ebinger (cebinger@tulane.edu) for more details.
  • Prof. Colin Jackson (cjackson2@tulane.edu) is recruiting a graduate student (MS or PhD) to study primordial atmospheres of planets. Research will include conducting experiments to determine gas solubility and diffusivity in magma applicable to magma ocean conditions. Students interested in geochemistry and planet formation are encouraged to apply.
  • Links between shallow fault systems, salt diapirs, and fluid escape features on the seafloor, northern Gulf of Mexico. This project is seeking a PhD student with interests in structural geology, fluid flow, and deformation of marine sediments. Funding from the Department of Energy is already in place, with opportunities for international collaborations and interaction with researchers with national labs and federal agencies. Data include 3d seismic volumes (already in the public domain), along with high-resolution bathymetry and mapped seafloor features linked to fluid escape available from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Please contact Prof. Nancye Dawers at ndawers@tulane.edu for details.
  • Students interested in links among weathering, hillslope and fluvial sediment transport, and bedrock river incision, and how these processes together control the rate and manner of landscape evolution are encouraged to apply to work with Prof. Nicole Gasparini (ngaspari@tulane.edu) and her research team. This project is motivated by landscapes in Puerto Rico and Northern California, and building landscape evolution models with Landlab is at the center of the project.
  • If you are interested in working with another professor in our department who isn't listed above, feel free to contact them directly. Other mechanisms for funding often arise later. All of our faculty can be found here.