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. 28, 2017Waterloo Earth Scientist travels to NW China to study fast and deadly loess landslidesLoess Plateau in China.

    Working with researchers from Chengdu University of Technology and the State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP), Professor Stephen Evans of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is studying catastrophic landslides in China.

    In October, he carried out field work in the Loess Plateau of Gansu and Ningxia Provinces, captured in these dramatic photographs.

  2. 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.

  3. Oct. 27, 2017Brittney Glass awarded the 2017 Farvolden ScholarshipBrittney Glass

    The Farvolden Scholarship, funded by Earth and Environmental Sciences alumni, was presented this year to Brittney Glass, a PhD student supervised by Prof. Dave Rudolph.

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  1. Jan. 11, 2018Disaster Shocks: Issues of Local and Global Governance

    Stephen G. Evans, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo

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