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. Mar. 25, 2021Geological engineering appoints its first woman director

    Jen Parks (Earth and Environmental Sciences) has become the first woman to lead Waterloo’s Geological Engineering since the program was launched almost 40 years ago.

    Parks (BSc ’00 and PhD ‘10, Geological and Earth Sciences) holds a limited engineering license as of 2016.

  2. Mar. 24, 2021Earth and Environmental Sciences TA awarded 2021 Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student
    Quinn Worthington

    The Amit & Meena Chakma Awards for Exceptional Teaching by a Student recognize up to four students from across the University of Waterloo for excellence in teaching of all kinds (e.g., teaching assistant, laboratory demonstrator, sessional lecturer) by registered students.

    This year, two of the four winners were from the Faculty of Science: Melanie Mungalsingh from the School of Optometry and Vision Science, and Quinn Worthington from Earth and Environmental Sciences.

  3. Mar. 11, 2021The world’s oldest crater from a meteorite isn’t an impact crater after all
    Mountain range in Greenland

    Several years after scientists discovered what was considered the oldest crater a meteorite made on the planet, another team found it’s actually the result of normal geological processes. 

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