Earth and Environmental Sciences combines geology with studies in surface and groundwater, as well as the engineering properties of rocks and soils. We invite you to learn more about our internationally recognized research from helping communities protect groundwater resources to understanding the mysteries of geologic processes deep within the Earth.

As active researchers, we offer our students a hands-on learning experience in addition to innovative degrees and programs, such as TERRE CREATE, Canada’s first nationally funded program designed to train the next generation of sustainable mining professionals.

Our unique Earth Sciences Museum and its K-12 outreach program give us the chance to share our passion with the community. The Department is also an active supporter and participant of the Water Institute.

  1. Apr. 27, 2017Discovery in northern lakes may be key to understanding early life on EarthA Boreal lake being sample in the Experimental Lakes Area, Ontario.

    A team of researchers has discovered that many Canadian lakes can provide new insights into ancient oceans, and their findings could advance research about greenhouse gas emissions, harmful algal blooms, and early life forms.

  2. Apr. 21, 2017Post-doctoral fellow Kim Van Meter wins Best early-career article of 2016Kim Van Meter and Nandia Basu.

    The journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL) has presented Kim Van Meter, a postdoctoral fellow in Waterloo’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, with the

  3. Apr. 19, 2017Students from across UWaterloo plus Bergen, Norway attend monthly GeoFLEx eventUniversity of Waterloo Geophysical Society's monthly GeoFLex event brought together 45 students to learn about geophysics.

    The University of Waterloo Geophysical Society (UWGS) held their monthly Geophysical Field Learning Exercise (GeoFLEx) event on March 28, 2017 featuring Troy De Souza, Training Manager at Sensors and Software in Mississauga Ontario.

    They began with a lecture about ground penetrating radar (GPR), followed by a pizza lunch, and then ending off with a demonstration of some of Sensors and Software's latest GPR technology.

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  1. Apr. 27, 2017University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference 2017Cultivating Curiosity in Teaching and Learning

    Be curious with us on April 27 at CTE's ninth annual teaching and learning conference. This year's conference theme engages with all things curious in teaching and learning. Learn from educational researchers and Waterloo instructors as they share their teaching strategies, research methodologies, and much more in interactive workshops and poster presentations.

  2. May 3, 2017MSc Thesis Defence: Jennifer MEAD

    The Control of Fe and pH on the Photodegradation and Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter in Small, Oligotrophic, Canadian Shield Freshwater

  3. May 5, 2017Jane's Walk tours the Peter Russell Rock GardenImage from Peter Russell Rock Garden

    Join us on Friday for a tour of the Peter Russell Rock Garden. Located in the heart of campus, the rock garden contains 70+ specimens from around the globe. Participants will learn about the history of Earth, mines and minerals of Canada as well as the unique rock structures of Ontario.

    Two hour long tours will led by Earth Sciences Museum curators Peter Russell and Corina McDonald.

    The tours will begin at 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM

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