Best Earth Science Scientists in United States

The 1st edition of Research.com ranking of top Earth Science scientists is based on data collected from Microsoft Academic Graph on December 6th, 2021. Position in the ranking is based on a scientist's D-index (Discipline H-index), which only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline. Show more

Our best 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 Microsoft Academic Graph. For the discipline of Earth Science, over 6,742 profiles were examined.

The D-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 D-index, proportion of the contributions made within the given discipline in addition to the awards and achievements of the scientists. The D-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. There should be a proximity of 30% or less between a scientist's general H-index and their D-index.

Because the main goal is to ensure that only genuine researchers are included in the ranking we believe that numbers are never meant to be an absolute measure to quantify the 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 D-index using data compiled from 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
D-Index D-index (Discipline H-index) only includes papers and citation values for an examined discipline in contrast to General H-index which accounts for publications across all disciplines.
Citations
Publications
3 World 1 National Christopher T. Russell

Christopher T. Russell

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
D-index 134 Citations 72,587 1,331
4 World 2 National Peter Molnar

Peter Molnar

University of Colorado Boulder, United States
D-index 134 Citations 72,739 377
6 World 3 National James W. Head

James W. Head

Brown University, United States
D-index 132 Citations 68,298 1,267
8 World 4 National Wallace S. Broecker

Wallace S. Broecker

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
D-index 129 Citations 63,860 377
11 World 5 National Hiroo Kanamori

Hiroo Kanamori

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 125 Citations 62,413 448
12 World 6 National Alex N. Halliday

Alex N. Halliday

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
D-index 123 Citations 39,499 390
14 World 7 National Sean C. Solomon

Sean C. Solomon

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
D-index 120 Citations 44,043 627
15 World 8 National Paul R. Renne

Paul R. Renne

Berkeley Geochronology Center, United States
D-index 118 Citations 52,532 470
17 World 9 National Andrew H. Knoll

Andrew H. Knoll

Harvard University, United States
D-index 117 Citations 45,874 301
21 World 10 National William E. Dietrich

William E. Dietrich

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 113 Citations 43,923 287
23 World 11 National Donald J. DePaolo

Donald J. DePaolo

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States
D-index 112 Citations 46,746 340
25 World 12 National G. J. Wasserburg

G. J. Wasserburg

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 111 Citations 42,781 327
26 World 13 National Robert A. Berner

Robert A. Berner

Yale University, United States
D-index 111 Citations 58,358 182
32 World 14 National T. Mark Harrison

T. Mark Harrison

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
D-index 107 Citations 46,906 227
34 World 15 National Eric Rignot

Eric Rignot

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

Raymond E. Arvidson

Washington University in St. Louis, United States
D-index 106 Citations 38,734 426
38 World 17 National Maria T. Zuber

Maria T. Zuber

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

Dennis P. Lettenmaier

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

John P. Grotzinger

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 104 Citations 37,212 425
43 World 20 National George E. Gehrels

George E. Gehrels

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

Don L. Anderson

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 103 Citations 44,369 248
47 World 22 National Dennis V. Kent

Dennis V. Kent

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

Gerald Schubert

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

Richard B. Alley

Pennsylvania State University, United States
D-index 101 Citations 39,828 329
52 World 25 National Stanley R. Hart

Stanley R. Hart

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, United States
D-index 101 Citations 38,520 219
57 World 26 National Edward M. Stolper

Edward M. Stolper

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

Jean Philippe Avouac

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 99 Citations 31,276 255
60 World 28 National Harry Y. McSween

Harry Y. McSween

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

Robert C. Finkel

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

John W. Valley

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

Gary Parker

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States
D-index 98 Citations 30,032 347
66 World 32 National Ronald Greeley

Ronald Greeley

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

Alfred S. McEwen

University of Arizona, United States
D-index 97 Citations 29,265 504
68 World 34 National Mark D. Zoback

Mark D. Zoback

Stanford University, United States
D-index 97 Citations 34,071 350
69 World 35 National Juhn G. Liou

Juhn G. Liou

Stanford University, United States
D-index 97 Citations 27,282 287
70 World 36 National Edward A. Boyle

Edward A. Boyle

MIT, United States
D-index 96 Citations 34,748 189
72 World 37 National David R. Montgomery

David R. Montgomery

University of Washington, United States
D-index 96 Citations 39,047 223
74 World 38 National Steven W. Squyres

Steven W. Squyres

Cornell University, United States
D-index 94 Citations 28,503 183
78 World 40 National Samuel A. Bowring

Samuel A. Bowring

MIT, United States
D-index 93 Citations 29,216 260
79 World 39 National Robert J. Stern

Robert J. Stern

The University of Texas at Dallas, United States
D-index 93 Citations 29,146 341
81 World 41 National Richard A. Feely

Richard A. Feely

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, United States
D-index 92 Citations 42,919 267
83 World 42 National James F. Bell

James F. Bell

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

R. Lawrence Edwards

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

Timothy W. Lyons

University of California, Riverside, United States
D-index 91 Citations 30,240 240
89 World 45 National Scott M. McLennan

Scott M. McLennan

Stony Brook University, United States
D-index 91 Citations 60,907 247
90 World 46 National Philip R. Christensen

Philip R. Christensen

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

Murugesu Sivapalan

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

Gifford H. Miller

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

Robert F. Anderson

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
D-index 90 Citations 27,013 272
96 World 50 National Frederick A. Frey

Frederick A. Frey

MIT, United States
D-index 90 Citations 29,042 185
101 World 51 National John M. Edmond

John M. Edmond

MIT, United States
D-index 89 Citations 31,775 136
103 World 52 National Christopher H. Scholz

Christopher H. Scholz

Columbia University, United States
D-index 89 Citations 40,011 182
105 World 53 National Klaus Keil

Klaus Keil

University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States
D-index 89 Citations 23,345 457
106 World 54 National Vijay P. Singh

Vijay P. Singh

Texas A&M University, United States
D-index 88 Citations 29,881 714
107 World 55 National Susan L. Brantley

Susan L. Brantley

Pennsylvania State University, United States
D-index 88 Citations 23,196 265
108 World 56 National Tammo S. Steenhuis

Tammo S. Steenhuis

Cornell University, United States
D-index 88 Citations 23,417 446
110 World 57 National Thomas H. Jordan

Thomas H. Jordan

University of Southern California, United States
D-index 87 Citations 25,666 209
111 World 58 National Robert A. Duncan

Robert A. Duncan

Oregon State University, United States
D-index 87 Citations 23,328 217
113 World 59 National Amos Nur

Amos Nur

Stanford University, United States
D-index 87 Citations 29,737 250
116 World 60 National James C. Zachos

James C. Zachos

University of California, Santa Cruz, United States
D-index 86 Citations 40,467 206
117 World 61 National Carle M. Pieters

Carle M. Pieters

Brown University, United States
D-index 86 Citations 22,995 421
118 World 62 National James P. Kennett

James P. Kennett

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 86 Citations 26,653 267
119 World 64 National Douglas W. Burbank

Douglas W. Burbank

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 86 Citations 20,009 177
120 World 65 National An Yin

An Yin

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
D-index 86 Citations 32,615 201
121 World 63 National Steven L. Goldstein

Steven L. Goldstein

Columbia University, United States
D-index 86 Citations 22,211 222
124 World 66 National Paul Andrew Mayewski

Paul Andrew Mayewski

University of Maine, United States
D-index 85 Citations 31,111 312
125 World 67 National Scott L. Murchie

Scott L. Murchie

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, United States
D-index 85 Citations 21,300 252
127 World 70 National Bradley R. Hacker

Bradley R. Hacker

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 85 Citations 24,004 202
128 World 71 National Paul Segall

Paul Segall

Stanford University, United States
D-index 85 Citations 23,804 174
129 World 68 National Peter B. Kelemen

Peter B. Kelemen

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
D-index 85 Citations 25,637 223
131 World 69 National Robert C. Thunell

Robert C. Thunell

University of South Carolina, United States
D-index 85 Citations 19,824 247
132 World 72 National Scott C. Doney

Scott C. Doney

University of Virginia, United States
D-index 84 Citations 35,045 214
133 World 73 National Francisco P. Chavez

Francisco P. Chavez

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, United States
D-index 84 Citations 28,692 183
134 World 74 National Ken O. Buesseler

Ken O. Buesseler

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, United States
D-index 84 Citations 22,748 168
135 World 76 National John T. Andrews

John T. Andrews

University of Colorado Boulder, United States
D-index 84 Citations 25,241 361
136 World 75 National Arnold L. Gordon

Arnold L. Gordon

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, United States
D-index 84 Citations 22,410 240
141 World 77 National Jerry X. Mitrovica

Jerry X. Mitrovica

Harvard University, United States
D-index 84 Citations 25,227 246
142 World 78 National Jorge L. Sarmiento

Jorge L. Sarmiento

Princeton University, United States
D-index 83 Citations 37,911 160
143 World 79 National John M. Melack

John M. Melack

University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
D-index 83 Citations 25,561 201
149 World 80 National Adam M. Dziewonski

Adam M. Dziewonski

Harvard University, United States
D-index 83 Citations 42,541 199
150 World 81 National Norman H. Sleep

Norman H. Sleep

Stanford University, United States
D-index 83 Citations 22,230 200
151 World 83 National Willard S. Moore

Willard S. Moore

University of South Carolina, United States
D-index 83 Citations 23,462 226
153 World 84 National Roger J. Phillips

Roger J. Phillips

Washington University in St. Louis, United States
D-index 83 Citations 23,214 291
154 World 82 National Timothy L. Grove

Timothy L. Grove

MIT, United States
D-index 83 Citations 26,139 250
156 World 85 National David Pollard

David Pollard

Pennsylvania State University, United States
D-index 82 Citations 25,018 231
159 World 86 National Robert N. Clayton

Robert N. Clayton

University of Chicago, United States
D-index 82 Citations 21,982 208
161 World 87 National Keiiti Aki

Keiiti Aki

University of Southern California, United States
D-index 82 Citations 36,213 194
162 World 88 National John T. Wasson

John T. Wasson

University of California, Los Angeles, United States
D-index 82 Citations 19,690 244
163 World 89 National George H. Denton

George H. Denton

University of Maine, United States
D-index 82 Citations 23,058 148
165 World 91 National Thorne Lay

Thorne Lay

University of California, Santa Cruz, United States
D-index 82 Citations 24,962 338
167 World 90 National Roland Bürgmann

Roland Bürgmann

University of California, Berkeley, United States
D-index 82 Citations 23,802 323
170 World 92 National Derek E. G. Briggs

Derek E. G. Briggs

American Museum of Natural History, United States
D-index 81 Citations 18,869 259
171 World 93 National Donald L. Turcotte

Donald L. Turcotte

University of California, Davis, United States
D-index 81 Citations 32,177 248
172 World 94 National Michael C. Malin

Michael C. Malin

Arizona State University, United States
D-index 81 Citations 25,633 177
173 World 95 National Daniel P. Schrag

Daniel P. Schrag

Harvard University, United States
D-index 81 Citations 24,637 150
175 World 96 National James P. M. Syvitski

James P. M. Syvitski

University of Colorado Boulder, United States
D-index 81 Citations 35,703 254
176 World 97 National Kenneth A. Farley

Kenneth A. Farley

California Institute of Technology, United States
D-index 81 Citations 24,067 210
178 World 98 National Shun-ichiro Karato

Shun-ichiro Karato

Yale University, United States
D-index 81 Citations 23,585 212
179 World 99 National William I. Rose

William I. Rose

Michigan Technological University, United States
D-index 81 Citations 16,189 210
183 World 101 National Ellen Thomas

Ellen Thomas

Wesleyan University, United States
D-index 81 Citations 42,376 259

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