Earth and Environmental Sciences



Courtney Kearney


Scholarly Engagement Librarian - Physical Sciences and Data Management

Librarian Phone Number

(504) 865-5687

Librarian Email

Book Chair

Karen H. Johannesson, Ph.D.

Dept Chair

Nancye H. Dawers, Ph.D

Program Description

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials in support of teaching and research in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences. The department offers the degrees of B.S. in Geology, B.S. in Environmental Science, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in Earth & Environmental Science. The Department also offers the non-thesis M.S. in Earth & Environmental Sciences and a joint-degree program with Ecology & Evolutionary Biology leading to an M.S. in Environmental Sciences. Research emphasizes sedimentology, stratigraphy, marine geology, paleoclimatology, neotectonics, isotope geochemistry, and environmental geochemistry, as well as structural geology, paleontology, petrology, and volcanology.


The library collects in the areas of general geology, paleontology, sedimentology, geochemistry, and geophysics.


The library collects monographs, monographic series, reference books, and journals, with the main focus being the journal collection. Upper level textbooks are purchased selectively; recent lower-level texts may be accepted as gifts. Textbooks used in current courses are not acquired. Symposium and colloquium proceedings are bought only on request, except for those that come via society subscription. The library does not generally collect theses or dissertations by authors other than Tulane students, patents, technical reports, standards or specifications. Video- recordings may be purchased upon request of faculty members.


To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for geology journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text. Other formats are considered, especially when the alternative format would improve access or utility. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as databases searchable online. The library rarely maintains a subscription to both the print and the database version of an index, although the volumes previous to the existence of the database are always retained.


English is the predominant language of publication, but some foreign language journals are collected at the special request of the faculty.

Chronological Period

Emphasis is on current research.

Imprint Date

Preference is given to items published within the last three years. Items with older imprint dates are sought selectively. Out-of-print materials are sought mostly to replace important works damaged or missing from the collection or by special request.

Geographical Considerations

The collection relates to all geographical regions.

Related Collections

Cooperative Resources

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library borrows a wide range of materials for our users through memberships in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). A reciprocal agreement called TU/LU allows undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans. The LALINC consortium allows graduate students and faculty to borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries and at other academic libraries throughout the state. Inquire at the library's Circulation Desk for more information about cooperative borrowing privileges.

Supply Sources

Limited numbers of books are automatically delivered to the library through an approval plan from YBP. Most other books are purchased individually and also through YBP at a discount rate.

Endowed Funds

The Class of '02 Fund may be used for books in any area of science.

Selection Tools

Reviews such as those from Choice, from scientific journals, and recommendations from faculty, staff, and students are all sources of possible additions to the collection. The yearly Buyers Guide, available from the Journal of Chemical Education, is considered for titles in chemistry and related areas. Book forms automatically delivered to the library through the YBP Plan are also scanned for possible purchase.