Geological, Environmental, & Marine Sciences (GEMS)

DEPARTMENT NEWS

  • Lock & Key: Ecologist Dan Hewins ’07 wants to delay climate change by keeping more carbon in the ground and out of the atmosphere. (more) 
  • Sixteen Rider students studied unique tropical marine ecosystems in the Caribbean (more) 
  • Bethany Eden Smith ’05 explores the ocean on the Nautilus Exploration Program (more) 
  • Dr. Steve Carson selected for New Jersey Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award (more)
  • Kate Krsnak '13 lands a coveted paleontology internship with the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (more)

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW

Welcome to the web site of the Department of Geological, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (GEMS). Here you will find many details about our highly diverse and challenging curricula. To prepare our students for future Earth-related careers and graduate studies, the GEMS faculty continually re-evaluates GEMS programs to ensure they meet the needs of our students, the private companies or public agencies that may employ them, and the graduate or professional schools they may attend. In addition, the faculty encourages all students to conduct independent student research projects in order to gain valuable experience in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of scientific data. GEMS faculty also continue to improve and refine their technological and pedagogical expertise as new and sophisticated instrumentation and facilities are made available for both student and faculty use. The primary result of these on-going educational refinements and technological improvements is a highly-qualified and well-prepared GEMS graduate.

If you wish, check out Rider's Undergraduate Academic Catalog to learn about our innovative courses. Or, if you prefer, find out about the course requirements for our majors (and associated minors) in Liberal Studies: Environmental Emphasis, Environmental Sciences, Geosciences, Integrated Sciences and Math, Liberal Studies: Marine Ecological Emphasis, and Marine Sciences, along with the outstanding credentials and research of our highly respected full-time and part-time GEMS faculty. If you wish, discover what exotic locations host our field marine sciences courses, where in the Rocky Mountains or Australia our geosciences majors travel for geology field camp experiences, or how you can spend a semester at the Galapagos Island Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS) studying unique marine and terrestrial environments or Andean geology. You also can see what state-of-the-art equipment our GEMS students utilize on a regular basis and the exciting and scientifically important student research resulting from its use. In addition, catch up on all the latest GEMS news in the annual department newsletter, Surf and Turf, or find out about old friends and colleagues on our alumni page, which includes information on alumni activities and addresses. Finally, try out the many and varied web links to access a wealth of useful information, data, and job opportunities in the geological, environmental, and marine sciences.

In summary, this web site is your jumping off point for learning about, and keeping track of, the ever changing face of the geological, environmental, and marine sciences at Rider University. Please feel free to browse the GEMS pages in depth, utilize the information and links they contain, and to return many times in the future. If you require further assistance and/or wish to talk to a GEMS faculty or staff member, please call us at 609-896-5092, or write us at the Department of Geological, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (GEMS), Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099. You also can contact the department chairperson at:

Dr. Jonathan M. Husch
GEMS Chair
609-896-5330
Office Location: Science and Technology Center 323D
husch@rider.edu

Finally, if you are interested in attending Rider University as an undergraduate major in any of the programs offered by GEMS, please contact the Rider University Office of Admissions at 609-896-5042 or 1-800-257-9026. Thanks for stopping by!

The GEMS web site is maintained by Dr. Jonathan M. Husch. Please direct all questions and concerns about this site to Dr. Husch at husch@rider.edu or 609-896-5330.