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. Sep. 25, 2017Efforts to reduce pollution from agriculture paying off slowlySoil runoff from a local field.

    Efforts by farmers to reduce the amount of fertilizer that reaches drinking water sources can take years to have a positive impact, according to a recent study from the University of Waterloo.

  2. Sep. 12, 2017 David Blowes named as Fellow of the Royal SocietyDavid

    The Royal Society of Canada named Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor David Blowes last Wednesday as one of 89 new Fellows from across Canada, including two other professors from Waterloo.

  3. Sep. 6, 2017Giving graduate students a hands-on approach to hydrologyDr. Brewster Conant kneels to measure the depth to water in a newly installed drivepoint piezometer.

    Each spring, the department of Earth and Environmental Sciences raises the bar with their renowned research in hydrology.

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  1. Oct. 23, 2017MSc Thesis Defence: Eric McQUAY

    The Role of Nitrate in Controlling Iron Release From Sediment During Anoxia in Dimictic Fresh Water Lakes and the Effect on Cyanobacteria Dominance

  2. Oct. 24, 2017WaterTalks Lecture: Diane Orihel and Alana Greaves

    The importance of ecosystem-based ecotoxicology for advancing environmental policy, with special reference to Canadian Oil Sands development

    Diane OrihelNational Scholar in Aquatic Ecotoxicology and assistant professor in Biology and Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, and

    Alana Greaves, Environmental toxicologist and a postdoctoral researcher with Queen’s University

  3. Oct. 24, 2017Gairdner Lecture 2017: Dr. Rino RappuoliGairdner Foundation.

    Dr. Rino Rappuoli is the Chief Scientist and Head External R&D at GSK Vaccines, Siena, Italy. He was awarded a 2017 Canada Gairdner International Award "For pioneering the genomic approach, known as reverse vaccinology, used to develop a vaccine against meningococcus B which has saved many lives worldwide."

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