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Exhibit: Faculty Publications from the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

This exhibition honors faculty research from the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. Many of the papers highlighted in this exhibition are seminal works in the fields of energy, environmental sciences and climate change, and geologic and geophysical research.

Ever wondered what the most checked out books by Stanford authors were at Branner Library? So did we. Included in the exhibit are two such titles that are frequently used: Introduction to Geochemistry by Prof. Dennis Bird and Reservoir Geomechanics by Prof. Mark Zoback. Other notable titles are more recent, such as books authored by Dean Pam Matson and Prof. Rosamond Naylor.

A sampling of faculty titles on display at Branner Library.

The exhibition celebrates recent faculty publications in the journal Science and Nature such as Prof. David Lobell’s coauthored article “Greater Sensitivity to Drought Accompanies Maize Yield Increase in the U.S. Midwest” published in the journal Science in May 2014.  The accompanying field data for this report is available online in the Stanford Digital Repository at

While not an exhaustive list, some of the most cited journal articles over the past four decades include work by Prof. Norman Sleep, Prof. David Pollard, Prof. Gail Mahood, Prof. Paul Segal, and Emeritus Andre Journel. According to Nature the majority of journal articles in the corpus of Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science have less than 100 citations. Only 14,499 papers have more than 1,000 citations (about 0.025% of papers) -- and Stanford faculty are among that group. See Prof. Peter Vitousek and Dean Pam Matson's "Human alteration of the global nitrogen cycle: sources and consequences" published in Ecological Applications in 1997 which has been cited over 2,000 times!

All of the books are available for checkout at the end of the exhibition, which will be on display at the Branner Library exhibit case on the second floor of the Mitchell Earth Sciences Building May 8, 2015 – May 14, 2015. 

This exhibit is part of the anniversary celebration commemorating the 100th year since the founding of the Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (June 14, 1915 - June 15, 2015.)

Counting down to the anniversary on June 14, each week we will be exhibiting items from our collection and archive.  This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of anniversary events that culminate with a public celebration, speakers, and tour of the library on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 4-6:30pm.  Please be sure to join us!