Message from the Chair

Anne Gardulski
Anne Gardulski, Associate Professor and Department Chair

Welcome to the Tufts University Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences website!

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences studies the Earth and its past and present materials, processes, and events. Studying and understanding the planet that we live on is critical to solving current societal problems and gaining important information about its future particularly as we confront the challenge of climate change and strive to live with minimal impact on our environment. Our work and research also extends beyond our planet as, with the expansion of new frontiers of science, we explore how our understanding of Earth's complex physiochemical processes may be applied to other planets.

You may be visiting this site as a prospective student to Tufts, or as a current student interested in exploring the courses and topics offered by the department. Interestingly, most of the geology students and professional geologists I know found our interest in geology by accident (myself included!). We were just looking through lists of courses for something different and new, heard from a friend that geology courses were interesting, or perhaps found a geology course that satisfied a requirement for some other major. Then we got captivated by geology itself. For me, it was the realization that I could apply all my other science courses to understand the complexities of the Earth – and I could do that while working outdoors working in some astonishingly beautiful places!

Perhaps you are one of the few students who discovered geology earlier, maybe in middle school or high school, or you've lived in places where mountainous landscapes, beautiful deserts, or energy or mineral resources are prominent, so geology is part of your everyday experience. Some students enter college knowing that they want to major in geology, or at least that they want to learn more about it. Regardless of your background or interests, a geology course or two is a great foundation to function as a knowledgeable voter and citizen of Earth in the 21st century. And, if you major in Geology, you will find an array of careers that benefit from having a degree in a science that can be applied in a variety of fields.

As you visit our website – and hopefully take our courses and meet our faculty – you may have questions on pursuing a major, minor, even a career in geology. I would be very happy to help answer questions such as "What can you do with a major in Geology after you graduate?" Please contact me at and I welcome the opportunity connect!

Anne Gardulski
Associate Professor and Department Chair