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. The Department is also an active supporter and participant of the Water Institute.

  1. Sep. 6, 2018New campus pianos aim to open hearts and mindsMax Salman stands in front of the latest open piano located in the Peter Russell Rock Garden.

  2. July 1, 2018Early ocean anoxia may have led to first mass extinction eventDengying Formation (South China)

    A new study by an international collaboration involving Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Brian Kendall suggests the world’s first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused by a widespread loss of dissolved oxygen in the Earth’s oceans.

  3. May 28, 2018Phosphexᵀᴹ wraps up field testing as a $10 million George Barley Water Prize contenderPhosphex field testing in Holland Marsh, Ontario.

    Today, the University of Waterloo PhosphexTM team wraps up its field tests where they’ve demonstrated their technology’s ability to remove phosphorus from Holland Marsh in Bradford, Ontario.

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  1. Sep. 30, 2018Discovery Tools Problem Pitch applications due

    Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch - Discovery Tools

    New for the Fall 2018 term, the Problem Lab is partnering with the Faculty of Science to bring you the Discovery Tools Problem Pitch!

    Win support of up to $10,000 to conduct your own research into better tools for inquiry in the biological and physical sciences. Enter the Fall Term Quantum Valley Investments Problem Pitch Competition in the category of Discovery Tools*.

  2. Oct. 26, 20182018 Farvolden Day: Mentorship and Networking Session

    A “speed dating” style Mentorship and Networking period for sponsors/potential employers and students to get to know one another and discuss the research further. It is a great opportunity to learn about current research topics and to meet our present graduate student cohort. A light pizza lunch will be provided to all participants.

    The 2018 Farvolden Lecture featuring Dr. Ed Sudicky follows at 1:30 pm.

  3. Oct. 26 to 27, 2018University of Waterloo 2018 Gem and Mineral Show

    Visit the University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum for our annual Gem and Mineral Show and Science Open House!

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