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. Feb. 20, 2017Earth competes in Science's 3MT heat3MTPhoto

    The annual Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis heat returned this week.  More than twenty graduate students from all six units gathered to compete and describe their research in less than three minutes, using only one slide.

  2. Feb. 17, 2017Qatar and United Arab Emirates partner with Waterloo to study groundwater pollution in arid regionsDoha, Qatar skyline in the afternoon.

    Four researchers from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences are the co-recipients of a $672,000 USD grant from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to study the fate of groundwater pollutants in arid regions.

    The Waterloo team, all members of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Water Institute, are part of a consortium including researchers from Qatar University, United Arab Emirates University, Utrecht University, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

  3. Jan. 25, 2017Inaugural GeoFLEX demonstration a successSarah Griffith shown how to use ground penetrating radar by Dylan Klazinga.

    Members of the University of Waterloo’s Geophysical Society (UWGS) introduced classmates to the power of remote geophysical exploration this week, demonstrating two commonly used techniques – electromagnetic induction (EMI) and ground penetrating radar (GPR) – on a section of green space between SLC and M3.

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  1. Feb. 25, 2017LaTeX WorkshopLatexWorkshop

    This workshop is an introduction to LaTeX, giving students the basics they need to get going on writing academic and professional papers. Presenters will share tips and tricks to include images, design beautiful mathematical equations, and show how to easily manage documents.

  2. June 20–23, 2017Canadian Society of Microbiologists 67th Annual Conference

    Save the date!

    The University of Waterloo is honoured to be hosting the 67th annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) conference, co-chaired by Waterloo Biology Professors Josh Neufeld and Laura Hug.

    Registration opens January 13, 2017; early registration ends April 14, 2017.

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