This certificate will prepare undergraduate students to continue in the field of planetary science or planetary exploration.
The Ohio State University School of Earth Sciences advances our understanding of Earth as a dynamic and complex system, its past and present evolution; examines the human impact and implications of global change; and educates the next generation of scientists, researchers, teachers, policy makers, entrepreneurs and environmental professionals.
The School of Earth Science offers two undergraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts (BA), and the Bachelor of Science (BS)
The school offers a Masters and PhD degrees in Earth Sciences and Geodetic Sciences
For about a decade, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has boosted the oil and gas industry’s ability to recover more hydrocarbons from wells. But for Mike Wilkins’ group, it brought a unique way to look at ecosystem development among microbial communities living in one of the most unlikely environments on Earth. In 2016, his group was part of a team that published one of the first characterizations of the microbial community present in these “fracked” shale formations — a pretty inhospitable environment 2 kilometers underground of high pressure, high temperature and high salinity. By combining temporal sampling with powerful genomics and proteomics tools, Wilkins’ group can track how the microbial community changes and behaves.
Field Camp is an essential part of the learning experience in the School of Earth Sciences. For nearly 65 years, students and faculty have been traveling to Ephraim, Utah to engage in field-based research activities that include collection and interpretation of geologic data, synthesizing geological histories, report writing, and geologic mapping.
In Utah, students are exposed to the rock record of geological events ranging from Proterozoic to Holocene. Since its inception, Field Camp has hosted over 1,000 students who have gone on to pursue successful careers in geology.
Get more of the story in the 2011 issue of ASCENT.
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