Many Earth Sciences Departments have been recording low enrollment numbers for the last decade. This field has been known to ride the industry wave; high enrollment when the oil, petroleum, and mineral resource industry is booming, low when it's not. This time, the ebb and flow of markets aren't the cause. General public mistrust of the industry, lack of diversity, and reliance on courses that no longer seem to fit with modern problems are just a few reasons Assistant Professor Erik Klemetti, a volcanologist and science communicator at Denison University cites in his Discover Maganize article on Geoscience Education. We interview him about how the field of Earth Sciences has changed since the Bronze Age and how important it will be for preventing current and potential future environmental catastrophes.
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