PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

Suggested PhDs in Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences

PhD Environmental Sciences and Policy

The Environmental Sciences and Policy Doctoral Program at Central European University (CEU) provides an exceptional opportunity to pursue fundamental and applied research to address some of the most urgent environmental challenges in the world.

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy
PhD Ecology Evolution Environmental Biology

Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB) is a multidisciplinary, interdepartmental program of study and research leading to a Ph.D. degree. Students earn a degree in EEEB but closely interact with one or more departments. Students interested in the Ph.D. program in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (EEEB) should review the research interests of the faculty associates below. Any faculty associate can serve as a dissertation advisor. To be admitted to Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, applicants must identify at least one faculty associate who is willing to serve as the dissertation advisor.

PhD Geosciences

Department of Geosciences, together with its affiliated interdepartmental programs and institutes, serves as the central focus for the earth, atmospheric, oceanographic and environmental sciences at Princeton. As such, the department encompasses a rich diversity of scientific expertise and initiatives that ranges, from the measurement and modeling of global climatic change to high-pressure mineral physics, and from seismic tomographic imaging of the mantle under the continents to analysis of the tectonics of Venus.

PhD Climate Variability and Impacts

Oceans and Climate Variability: The ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and, through its exchange of heat, water and compounds with the atmosphere, the lithosphere, and the cryosphere, it plays a key role in our climate system. The ocean also hosts a significant fraction of the Earth’s biosphere, which both responds to, and plays a role in, climate variability.

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Environmental studies cover a wide interdisciplinary area, which investigates how the natural world works and how humans interact with it. Bachelors and Masters in Environmental Studies approach environmental issues such as pollution, global climate change and depletion of natural resources. Environmental sciences try to find sustainable ways to maintain or improve the integrity of the natural environment.

Earth sciences deal with the study of our planet, its material structure, atmosphere and physical characteristics. Specialised fields of the discipline include geology, meteorology, oceanography and even astronomy.

Both environmental studies and earth sciences integrate knowledge of physics and biochemistry to study environmental systems, study the history of earth and its constant changes, and try to find solutions for pressing environmental issues. Sub-disciplines of environmental studies and earth sciences include toxicology, biodiversity and conservation, soil science and environmental management. Environmental studies also incorporate social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment. Environmental and earth scientists perform experiments and take accurate measurements related to how the earth's characteristics and environmental issues evolve and change. They work on subjects like understanding earth processes, weather changes, natural hazard prediction, alternative energy systems research, natural resource management and more.

Graduates find work in government agencies, non-profit organisations or environmental consulting agencies. Careers in the field range from hydrologist, geographer or seismologist, to environmental compliance inspector, climate change analyst and emergency management specialist.

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