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 NET, Canada’s first nationally funded program designed to connect 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.

  1. Apr. 30, 2020Water Institute seed grant recipients announced
    Water Institute seed grants with seedlings in background

    Last week, the Water Institute announced the results of their seed grant program. Prof. Sherry Schiff from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is leading one of the projects which will build a network to examine methane emissions. Several scientists from the Departments of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences are part of the other funded interdisciplinary projects focused on forest ecosystems and managing watersheds.

  2. Apr. 22, 2020Earth Day, Earth Sciences and Climate: be part of the Change at the University of Waterloo

    The global pandemic is a perfect time to pause, reflect, learn and act upon improving our relationship with the Earth and each other. Looking back in time, have we really taken care of the Earth and each other? While we are pausing, can we ignite our minds to learn more? And should we learn to take action not only on Earth Day, but also every day?

  3. Apr. 9, 2020University of Waterloo at the PDAC 2020 Conference
    Alumni Corina McDonald (BSc '07 MSc '11and current Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum Curator) in the U Waterloo booth at PDAC 2020

    We were at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada – Convention and Trade Show, March 1-4th in Toronto – the world’s premier mineral exploration & mining convention that began in 1932. More than 1,000 exhibitors, 2,500 investors and 25,000 attendees from 132 countries attending technical sessions, short courses and networking events.

    •    Did you see our Deptartment of Earth and Environmental Sciences booth?
    •    Or Waterloo student volunteers scattered around PDAC?
    •    Or Waterloo volunteers helping with Mining Matters high school programs?

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