Earth and Environmental Sciences

We collect physical sciences literature regarding the origin, evolution, and future of the Earth in order to support scholarship in these areas:

  • Environmental sciences
  • Geobiology
  • Geochronology and thermochronology
  • Geophysics
  • Low temperature geochemistry
  • Oceanography
  • Paleoclimate and climate change
  • Paleontology
  • Petrology and high temperature geochemistry
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Structural geology and tectonics

Our collecting emphasis was originally geology and geomorphology, but we’ve broadened the scope to become more interdisciplinary, reflecting the changing nature of scholarship in the geological sciences.

The collection supports research conducted within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as staff at the Museum of Paleontology. Our collections support the research interests of upper undergraduate and graduate-level students, though we also collect items for all undergraduates and more general audiences, as well as manuals and resources for advocates and practitioners.

The collection is primarily made up of academic journals and relevant reference works, but maps, monographs, datasets, and information sources that support field-based learning and applied professional and technical training are also collected. We acquire most works in electronic form, but all formats are considered.


Lori Tschirhart

Assistant Director, STEM; Earth & Environmental Sciences Librarian

University of Michigan Library

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