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Emma C. Rainforth

Emma RainforthProfessor of Environmental Science / Geology

Contact Information


  • B.A., M.A., University of Oxford, U.K.
  • M.S., University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Courses Offered:

  • Introduction To Geology (GEOL 101)
  • Fundamentals of Geology – lecture & lab (GEOL 105)
  • Paleontology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironments – lecture & lab (GEOL 326)
  • Geology of New Jersey (GEOL 327)
  • Environmental Geology – lecture & lab (GEOL 333)
  • Sustainability Seminar (INTD 250)
  • First Year Seminar: Global Climate Change (INTD 101)

Research Interests:

  • Taxonomy (classification) and nomenclature of fossil footprints from the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic (~220-190 million years ago)
  • Paleoclimate, biostratigraphy and biogeography of the Newark Supergroup (eastern North America, ~220-190 million years ago)
More about Emma C. Rainforth

Emma Rainforth – Dr. Emma C. Rainforth has degrees in Geology from the University of Oxford, University of Colorado (Boulder) and Columbia University. Her primary research is in the field of vertebrate paleontology. She is the Director of the Sharp Sustainability Education Center and chairs the Climate Commitment Task Force, which is charged with charting the college’s path to carbon neutrality.

In the Sustainability Studies master’s program, Dr. Rainforth teaches in the Foundations of Natural Resources course and in the second year Project Development course. She will undertake supervision of student projects in the area of sustainability planning for organizations (K-12 and higher education institutions, companies, etc.), in particular leading toward carbon footprint reduction.

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