Doctoral Degrees in Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS)
Earth and Ocean Science (EOS) at the Nicholas School offers a PhD in three broad research areas of geoscience: biogeosciences, oceans and climate, and earth resources.
- Biogeosciences focus on the interactions between life, water, and landscapes including coastal ecomorphodynamics and remote sensing, watershed ecohydrology, and landscape evolution including that of coupled human-landscape systems.
- Oceans and climate includes ocean circulation, atmospheric dynamics, paleoclimatic/paleoenvironment reconstruction, marine biogeochemistry, and ocean/atmosphere interactions, particularly as they relate to global climate change.
- Earth resources address the geologic formation and human use of mineral, energy, water, and land resources including mineral formation, life-cycle analysis, energy consumption/emissions, water quality as it relates to human health, and the role of technology in the Anthropocene.
The EOS PhD program has minimal formal coursework requirement, in additional to individual needs and preferences determined by student and advisor.
How to Apply:
- Before applying to the EOS Doctoral program it is critical to identify one or a few professors you would like to work with who can discuss program options and direct you to the appropriate program. No student will be admitted, no matter how good his or her credentials, unless a member of the faculty has the interest and ability to mentor (and in some cases fund) the student. For further information, contact Nicolas Cassar, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or one of the professors who mentor in the EOS program.
- Applications are entirely through Duke’s Graduate School. The Doctoral program application is available online.
See the Duke Graduate School and follow the links above for the specific PhD programs for details about admission and degree requirements.