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Jacobs Earth Science Faculty 

Dr. Michael Bau
Program Coordinator 
Professor of Geosciences

Low-Temperature (Aqueous) Trace Element Geochemistry

Geochemistry of Rare Earth Elements and Other Critical Metals

High-Technology Metals: Their Resources and Environmental Impact

Evolution of Element Cycles Throughout Earth’s History

Ancient and Modern Chemical Sediments; Astrobiology

Dr. Andrea Koschinsky
Professor of Geosciences

Trace Metal Analyses in Seawater

Metal Speciation in Solids and Solution

Marine Precipitates: Formation and Paleoceanographic Information

Solid-Solution Reactions (Adsorption of Metals on Mineral Phases, etc.)

Geo-Bio Interfaces in Marine Systems

Hydrothermal Fuids

Dr. Vikram Unnithan
Professor of Geosciences

Marine Geology & Geophysics

Fluid Flow Processes on Continental Margins

GIS and Scientific Visualisation

Dr. Laurenz Thomsen
Professor of Geosciences

Particle and Fluid Dynamics at Continental Margins

Global Carbon Cycle

Risk Assessment Studies for the Hydrocarbon Industry

Developing New Concepts for CO2 Mitigation

Developing Internet Operated Vehicles for Deep Sea Cabled Observatories

Dr. Angelo Pio Rossi
Professorof Geosciences

Remote Sensing

Terrestrial Analogues

Planetary Science

Dr. Joachim Vogt
Professor of Physics 

Analysis of Data from Multi-Satellite Geospace Missions

Auroral Plasma Physics and Magnetosphere-Ionosphere (M-I) Coupling

Effects of Geomagnetic Variations on System Earth

Dr. Jelle Bijma
Adjunct Professor of Marine Geosciences at Jacobs University;
Senior research scientist in Marine Biogeosciences at Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) 

Process-Oriented Studies of Proxy Incorporation into Biogenic Carbonates


Global Biogeochemical Cycles (specifically the carbon cycle)

Processes of Modern and Past Climate Change

Students of Jacobs 

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Internships & Study Abroad Experiences 

Learn about what our students do over the summer and/or in their 5th semester. 

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Real Questions Answered by Real Students

What do you like most about the Jacobs EES program?
“First of all, the class sizes at Jacobs are so small that most of our classes are held as discussions rather than lectures, which is something you don’t often find in a Bachelors program. After first semester, you go into more specialized classes, and all of a sudden you have 6 people in your class instead of 50. Also, the opportunity to go on so many field excursions and be able to apply what we learn has been really beneficial, and helps me process what I actually enjoy doing, rather than just learning.” 

What made you leave your country?
“I feel like where I come from this isn’t a path that’s normally taken. A lot of people go to established universities in North America or the U.K., but I feel like Germany has a really high standard for education, especially in the field of Earth Science. They have remarkable developments in environmental technology and law. By studying in the epicenter of this green revolution, I feel I can gain the most balanced and in depth education possible.”  

How do you perceive your future?

What was your favorite thing about the excursions?
“My favorite thing about the excursions is how you learn about something from more than just lectures, so it’s really nice to see concepts that you have studied in class applied in the field. It’s also great to be able to spend so much time with the professors outside of normal campus life. Excursions help you see firsthand what geoscientific research entails and can help you decide where you would like to specialize. My favorite excursion was the Heinke excursion, a 5-day trip on a research vessel in the North Sea, where we got an insight into oceanographic research, which helped me choose my specialization area. It’s quite unique for undergraduates to be able to participate in such a research cruise.”

What would you say motivates you to study EES?
“I’m here is because of where I come from. Senegal is experiencing desertification to the East, and dealing with rising sea-levels to the West. This is characteristic of the Sahel (the belt of the Sahara Desert extending from Senegal to Sudan), which is why I’m most interested in climate change adaptation. I came to Jacobs with the desire to study EES, to learn how I, as a scientist, could contribute to the ongoing battle against climate change.”

What’s your favorite part about having such small classes? “Before looking at Jacobs, I had never considered going to a small school. I felt like college should be a big experience with thousands of new people to meet. But after two years at Jacobs, I wouldn’t change a thing. Some of my best friends are in the EES program, so every class and excursion is more fun than obligatory. Our relationships with our professors is also much less formal than most universities, so you never feel like you can’t or shouldn’t ask a question.” 

Why did you choose Jacobs?  “When I was applying to universities, I applied to all environmental science programs, and this was the one that had the most specialized classes and an approach that I thought was really interesting. I looked at the website and went through the pdf for the handbook. I was already living in Germany, so I figured staying here would help me learn more German and get the best out of my time here. I was in Berlin for 7 months before coming to Jacobs and decided to stay because I love Germany.”

How’s your first year going?
“I feel like Jacobs has no major prerequisites for freshmen, so your first year is just about learning. It’s very interesting that we get exposed to a huge variety of subjects and material, and the biggest emphasis for first years is finding out what interests us more than testing us on what we already know. Having people from all over the world in the same class as you brings in so many different perspectives, and that really helps you grow and learn what you want to do both at Jacobs and afterwards.”


As of 2017, at Jacobs University, students have the option to study abroad with one of our partner schools or do an internship in the Fall of their third year. See what the students of EES have experienced during their 5th semester, and get inspired!

Have Questions? Talk to a Current Student.


Ibra Wane


Daniel Secaira


Morgan Dodier


Ludwig Reiser

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