Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In our research group, we are committed to building a positive and inclusive lab culture that encourages each of us to thrive as individuals and as members of our community. We recognize that science is not separate from the rest of society and that our scientific experience is not separate from our personal experience. We strive to make a group in which everyone is comfortable to be themselves and supported in their personal and professional growth.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion work in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, resources, and U-M programs. link



A inclusive professional network for early career petrologists and high-temperature geochemists. If you are interested in joining our community, visit our website to learn more: petrologynetwork.org.



“To be silent is to be complicit in our own destruction because racism destroys us all. But not being silent entails more than publishing statements. There is also the collective silence of inaction.” —A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color.

Earth sciences are the least diverse of STEM fields, despite the fact that the societal issues directly addressed by our science—pollution, climate change, and natural hazards—disproportionately impact communities of color. The Movement for Black Lives and 2020 protests against police violence in the US have led to renewed and invigorated discussions about racism and exclusion in the Earth sciences and highlighted the efforts of people who have long been working to improve our scientific community. Below are a few links to  resources about increasing equity and diversity in Earth science that have helped foster dialog and action among colleagues within and outside my department. The list is by no means exhaustive.

  • Rebecca Batchelor et al. (2021) Reimagining STEM workforce development as a braided river. link
  • The URGE (Unlearning Racism in GEoscience) curriculum. link
  • Emily Cooperdock et al. (2021) Counteracting systemic bias in the lab, field, and classroom. AGU Advances. link
  • Vernon Morris (2021) Combating racism in the geosciences: Reflections from a Black Professor. AGU Advances. link
  • Erika Marín-Spiotta et al. (2020) Hostile climates are barriers to diversifying the geosciences. EGU Advances in Geosciences. link
  • Namandje Bumpus (2020) Too many senior white academics still resist recognizing racism. Nature world view. link
  • Kuheli Dutt (2020) Race and racism in the geosciences. Nature Geoscience. link
  • Rachel Bernard & Emily Cooperdock (2018) No progress on diversity in 40 years. Nature Geoscience. link
  • Bas Hofstra et al. (2020) The Diversity–Innovation Paradox in Science. PNAS. link
  • Michelle A. North, Warwick W. Hastie, & Lauren Hoyer (2020) Out of Africa: Out of Africa: The underrepresentation of African authors in high-impact geoscience literature. link
  • APS Physics Education and Diversity. Bachelor’s Degrees Earned by African Americans, by Major. link
  • A compilation of news articles on the links between racism, environmental degradation, and climate change (link), including this article by marine biologist and climate scientist Dr Ayana Johnson, calling on scientists to step up and do better (link).
  • Eos special topics: Making Geosciences Anti-racist (2020) link
  • Call for a Robust Anti-Racism Plan for the Geosciences by Dr Hendratta Ali
  • A Call to Action for an Anti-Racist Science Community from Geoscientists of Color

Resources for addressing discrimination & harassment at UM

Confidential resources for students, faculty, and staff: https://rackham.umich.edu/rackham-life/discrimination-and-harassment/#Confidential_Counseling.

Climate reporting form for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (goes to department chair: currently Marin Clark) and links to other UM reporting resources: https://lsa.umich.edu/earth/Portal/earth-departmental-climate-reporting-form.html.

University of Michigan diversity, equity, and inclusion pages.