Top Earth Science Scientists

This 1st edition of top scientists ranking for Earth Science was published by Research.com, one of the major websites for Earth Science research offering credible data on scientific contributions since 2014.

The ranking contains h-index, publications and citations values collected on December 6th, 2021. Show more

Our top scientists ranking is a reliable list of leading scientists from the area of Earth Science, based on a meticulous examination of 166,880 scientists on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Earth Science, over 6,741 profiles were examined.

The h-index threshold for approving a scholar to be considered is set to 30 if most of their publications are in the field of Earth Science. The inclusion criteria for scholars to be considered into the ranking of top scientists are based on the discipline h-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given discipline in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The discipline h-index threshold for listing top scientists is set as an increment of 10 depending on the total number of researchers estimated for each discipline whilst ensuring that the top 1% of leading scientists are considered into the ranking.

Because the main goal is to ensure that only genuine researchers are included in the ranking whilst without doubt we believe that numbers are never meant to be an obsolete measure to quantify the precious contributions of scientists. This is why we manually verify each profile and cross-correlate it against publications in a wide range of credible sources. Even though it’s not a metric defining a scientist’s position in the ranking, the amount of documents published in major journals and conference proceedings should constitute a reliable secondary indication of their contribution to research in a given discipline. Position in the ranking is based on each scientist’s h-index using data compiled Microsoft Graph, which is the most prominent and well-established bibliometric database of this type available to the scientific community. A detailed definition of our research process can be found on our methodology page.

Our aim is to inspire scholars, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers worldwide to explore where leading experts are heading and to provide an opportunity for the entire scientific community to discover who the leading experts in specific fields of research, in different countries, or even within research institutions are.

World
National
Scholar
H-index
Citations
Publications
1 World 1 National William L. Griffin

William L. Griffin

Macquarie University, Australia
H-index 148 Citations 95,457 798
2 World 2 National Simon A. Wilde

Simon A. Wilde

Curtin University, Australia
H-index 135 Citations 63,649 382
3 World 1 National Christopher T. Russell

Christopher T. Russell

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
H-index 134 Citations 72,587 1,331
4 World 1 National Peter Molnar

Peter Molnar

ETH Zurich, Switzerland
H-index 134 Citations 72,739 377
5 World 1 National Guochun Zhao

Guochun Zhao

University of Hong Kong, China
H-index 134 Citations 56,628 430
6 World 2 National James W. Head

James W. Head

Brown University, United States
H-index 132 Citations 68,298 1,267
7 World 2 National M. Santosh

M. Santosh

China University of Geosciences, China
H-index 132 Citations 82,316 1,897
8 World 3 National Wallace S. Broecker

Wallace S. Broecker

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
H-index 129 Citations 63,860 377
9 World 1 National Chris J. Hawkesworth

Chris J. Hawkesworth

University of Bristol, United Kingdom
H-index 128 Citations 50,778 347
10 World 1 National Jean Poesen

Jean Poesen

KU Leuven, Belgium
H-index 127 Citations 51,876 605
11 World 4 National Hiroo Kanamori

Hiroo Kanamori

California Institute of Technology, United States
H-index 125 Citations 62,413 448
12 World 5 National Alex N. Halliday

Alex N. Halliday

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
H-index 123 Citations 39,499 390
13 World 3 National Fu-Yuan Wu

Fu-Yuan Wu

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
H-index 123 Citations 60,962 360
14 World 6 National Sean C. Solomon

Sean C. Solomon

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
H-index 120 Citations 44,043 627
15 World 1 National Claude J. Allègre

Claude J. Allègre

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
H-index 118 Citations 43,648 305
16 World 7 National Paul R. Renne

Paul R. Renne

Berkeley Geochronology Center, United States
H-index 118 Citations 52,532 470
17 World 8 National Andrew H. Knoll

Andrew H. Knoll

Harvard University, United States
H-index 117 Citations 45,874 301
18 World 4 National Min Sun

Min Sun

University of Hong Kong, China
H-index 117 Citations 48,422 399
19 World 5 National Hai Cheng

Hai Cheng

Xi'an Jiaotong University, China
H-index 114 Citations 70,320 668
20 World 1 National Alfred Kröner

Alfred Kröner

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
H-index 114 Citations 40,521 356
21 World 9 National William E. Dietrich

William E. Dietrich

University of California, Berkeley, United States
H-index 113 Citations 43,923 287
22 World 3 National Malcolm T. McCulloch

Malcolm T. McCulloch

University of Western Australia, Australia
H-index 112 Citations 44,819 333
23 World 10 National Donald J. DePaolo

Donald J. DePaolo

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States
H-index 112 Citations 46,746 340
24 World 6 National Paul Tapponnier

Paul Tapponnier

China Earthquake Administration, China
H-index 112 Citations 60,774 278
25 World 11 National G. J. Wasserburg

G. J. Wasserburg

California Institute of Technology, United States
H-index 111 Citations 42,781 327
26 World 12 National Robert A. Berner

Robert A. Berner

Yale University, United States
H-index 111 Citations 58,358 182
27 World 4 National Peter A. Cawood

Peter A. Cawood

Monash University, Australia
H-index 111 Citations 42,803 420
28 World 5 National Suzanne Y. O'Reilly

Suzanne Y. O'Reilly

Macquarie University, Australia
H-index 111 Citations 49,602 502
29 World 1 National Sigfus J Johnsen

Sigfus J Johnsen

University of Copenhagen, Denmark
H-index 111 Citations 75,822 209
30 World 1 National Bor-ming Jahn

Bor-ming Jahn

National Taiwan University, Taiwan
H-index 110 Citations 45,312 300
31 World 2 National R. S. J. Sparks

R. S. J. Sparks

University of Bristol, United Kingdom
H-index 108 Citations 32,828 272
32 World 13 National David Pollard

David Pollard

Pennsylvania State University, United States
H-index 107 Citations 42,285 348
33 World 14 National T. Mark Harrison

T. Mark Harrison

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
H-index 107 Citations 46,906 227
34 World 7 National Yong-Fei Zheng

Yong-Fei Zheng

University of Science and Technology of China, China
H-index 107 Citations 37,360 367
35 World 15 National Eric Rignot

Eric Rignot

University of California, Irvine, United States
H-index 106 Citations 53,760 365
36 World 16 National Raymond E. Arvidson

Raymond E. Arvidson

Washington University in St. Louis, United States
H-index 106 Citations 38,734 426
37 World 3 National Dan McKenzie

Dan McKenzie

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
H-index 106 Citations 63,241 211
38 World 8 National Xian-Hua Li

Xian-Hua Li

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
H-index 106 Citations 44,867 378
39 World 17 National Maria T. Zuber

Maria T. Zuber

MIT, United States
H-index 105 Citations 35,089 403
40 World 18 National Dennis P. Lettenmaier

Dennis P. Lettenmaier

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
H-index 104 Citations 38,224 222
41 World 19 National John P. Grotzinger

John P. Grotzinger

California Institute of Technology, United States
H-index 104 Citations 37,212 425
42 World 9 National Shan Gao

Shan Gao

China University of Geosciences, China
H-index 104 Citations 66,428 259
43 World 1 National Trond H. Torsvik

Trond H. Torsvik

University of Oslo, Norway
H-index 104 Citations 36,375 291
44 World 1 National Ján Veizer

Ján Veizer

University of Ottawa, Canada
H-index 104 Citations 40,937 218
45 World 20 National George E. Gehrels

George E. Gehrels

University of Arizona, United States
H-index 104 Citations 37,434 433
46 World 21 National Don L. Anderson

Don L. Anderson

California Institute of Technology, United States
H-index 103 Citations 44,369 248
47 World 1 National Stefan Schouten

Stefan Schouten

Utrecht University, Netherlands
H-index 102 Citations 31,128 319
48 World 6 National Kurt Lambeck

Kurt Lambeck

Australian National University, Australia
H-index 102 Citations 41,092 283
49 World 22 National Dennis V. Kent

Dennis V. Kent

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, United States
H-index 102 Citations 46,003 409
50 World 23 National Gerald Schubert

Gerald Schubert

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
H-index 101 Citations 33,021 394
51 World 24 National Richard B. Alley

Richard B. Alley

Pennsylvania State University, United States
H-index 101 Citations 39,828 329
52 World 2 National Jeffrey J. McDonnell

Jeffrey J. McDonnell

University of Saskatchewan, Canada
H-index 101 Citations 35,567 354
53 World 25 National Stanley R. Hart

Stanley R. Hart

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, United States
H-index 101 Citations 38,520 219
54 World 5 National Desmond E. Walling

Desmond E. Walling

University of Exeter, United Kingdom
H-index 101 Citations 33,211 317
55 World 4 National Henry Elderfield

Henry Elderfield

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
H-index 101 Citations 36,622 247
56 World 2 National Jean Jouzel

Jean Jouzel

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, France
H-index 100 Citations 68,364 297
57 World 2 National Gerard Govers

Gerard Govers

KU Leuven, Belgium
H-index 99 Citations 31,393 323
58 World 26 National Edward M. Stolper

Edward M. Stolper

California Institute of Technology, United States
H-index 99 Citations 30,792 223
59 World 27 National Jean Philippe Avouac

Jean Philippe Avouac

California Institute of Technology, United States
H-index 99 Citations 31,276 255
60 World 6 National Keith Beven

Keith Beven

Lancaster University, United Kingdom
H-index 98 Citations 51,672 275
61 World 28 National Harry Y. McSween

Harry Y. McSween

University of Tennessee at Knoxville, United States
H-index 98 Citations 30,743 346
62 World 29 National Robert C. Finkel

Robert C. Finkel

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, United States
H-index 98 Citations 26,409 271
63 World 30 National John W. Valley

John W. Valley

University of Wisconsin–Madison, United States
H-index 98 Citations 36,951 442
64 World 31 National Gary Parker

Gary Parker

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
H-index 98 Citations 30,032 347
65 World 7 National Nicholas J Shackleton

Nicholas J Shackleton

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
H-index 98 Citations 56,399 178
66 World 7 National Biswajeet Pradhan

Biswajeet Pradhan

University of Technology Sydney, Australia
H-index 97 Citations 33,570 433
67 World 32 National Ronald Greeley

Ronald Greeley

Arizona State University, United States
H-index 97 Citations 28,935 638
68 World 33 National Alfred S. McEwen

Alfred S. McEwen

University of Arizona, United States
H-index 97 Citations 29,265 504
69 World 35 National Juhn G. Liou

Juhn G. Liou

Stanford University, United States
H-index 97 Citations 27,282 287
70 World 34 National Mark D. Zoback

Mark D. Zoback

Stanford University, United States
H-index 97 Citations 34,071 350
71 World 36 National Edward A. Boyle

Edward A. Boyle

MIT, United States
H-index 96 Citations 34,748 189
72 World 10 National Zhisheng An

Zhisheng An

Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
H-index 96 Citations 42,461 336
73 World 37 National David R. Montgomery

David R. Montgomery

University of Washington, United States
H-index 96 Citations 39,047 223
74 World 8 National Yaoling Niu

Yaoling Niu

Durham University, United Kingdom
H-index 96 Citations 37,111 346
75 World 38 National Steven W. Squyres

Steven W. Squyres

Cornell University, United States
H-index 94 Citations 28,503 183
76 World 8 National Zheng-Xiang Li

Zheng-Xiang Li

Curtin University, Australia
H-index 94 Citations 38,326 273
77 World 9 National Matthew F. Thirlwall

Matthew F. Thirlwall

Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom
H-index 93 Citations 22,247 205
78 World 39 National Samuel A. Bowring

Samuel A. Bowring

MIT, United States
H-index 93 Citations 29,216 260
79 World 40 National Robert J. Stern

Robert J. Stern

The University of Texas at Dallas, United States
H-index 93 Citations 29,146 341
80 World 2 National Sierd Cloetingh

Sierd Cloetingh

Utrecht University, Netherlands
H-index 93 Citations 25,858 412
81 World 11 National Dunyi Liu

Dunyi Liu

Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, China
H-index 93 Citations 26,648 184
82 World 41 National Richard A. Feely

Richard A. Feely

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, United States
H-index 92 Citations 42,919 267
83 World 3 National Francis Albarède

Francis Albarède

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
H-index 92 Citations 31,386 298
84 World 42 National James F. Bell

James F. Bell

Arizona State University, United States
H-index 92 Citations 26,946 399
85 World 43 National R. Lawrence Edwards

R. Lawrence Edwards

University of Minnesota, United States
H-index 92 Citations 56,740 347
86 World 44 National Timothy W. Lyons

Timothy W. Lyons

University of California, Riverside, United States
H-index 91 Citations 30,240 240
87 World 9 National Mark Randolph

Mark Randolph

University of Western Australia, Australia
H-index 91 Citations 27,403 454
88 World 2 National Sun-Lin Chung

Sun-Lin Chung

National Taiwan University, Taiwan
H-index 91 Citations 31,671 327
89 World 45 National Scott M. McLennan

Scott M. McLennan

Stony Brook University, United States
H-index 91 Citations 60,907 247
90 World 10 National David I. Groves

David I. Groves

University of Western Australia, Australia
H-index 91 Citations 29,043 337
91 World 46 National Philip R. Christensen

Philip R. Christensen

Arizona State University, United States
H-index 90 Citations 27,612 258
92 World 47 National Murugesu Sivapalan

Murugesu Sivapalan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
H-index 90 Citations 27,566 262
93 World 48 National Gifford H. Miller

Gifford H. Miller

University of Colorado Boulder, United States
H-index 90 Citations 23,323 275
94 World 49 National Robert F. Anderson

Robert F. Anderson

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
H-index 90 Citations 27,013 272
95 World 11 National Ian S. Williams

Ian S. Williams

Australian National University, Australia
H-index 90 Citations 35,154 244
96 World 50 National Frederick A. Frey

Frederick A. Frey

MIT, United States
H-index 90 Citations 29,042 185
97 World 10 National Julian A. Dowdeswell

Julian A. Dowdeswell

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
H-index 90 Citations 25,476 387
98 World 3 National Jack J. Middelburg

Jack J. Middelburg

Utrecht University, Netherlands
H-index 89 Citations 28,428 229
99 World 12 National David H. Green

David H. Green

University of Tasmania, Australia
H-index 89 Citations 31,677 163
100 World 2 National Taras Gerya

Taras Gerya

ETH Zurich, Switzerland
H-index 89 Citations 22,481 337

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