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. Nov. 7, 2017Artificial sweeteners in groundwater indicate contamination from septic wastewaterDomestic well water monitored with a portable water quality meter prior to sampling for chemical analyses. Photo: John Spoelstra

    Waterloo researchers have found that more than 30 per cent of rural groundwater samples collected in the Nottawasaga River Watershed, including those from domestic wells, show evidence for contamination by local septic system wastewater.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Dec. 5, 2017MSc Thesis Defence: Ying WANG

    Statistical Analysis of Till Geochemistry in the Nelson River Area, Northeastern Manitoba:  Implications for Quaternary Glacial Dynamics

  2. Dec. 8, 2017MSc Thesis Defence: Yan ZHANG

    Experimental Determination of the Extent of Fe (III) Reduction and Fe Isotope Fractionation During Microbial Reduction of Ferrihydrite in Freshwater Systems by Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria

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