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. The Department is also an active supporter and participant of the Water Institute.

  1. Apr. 19, 2018Water Institute announces latest Seed GrantsPlant growing in a chemistry flask

    Four interdisciplinary teams led by University of Waterloo researchers are set to advance water research in creative, unconventional ways. New approaches to detect and manage micropollutants, techniques that predict the impacts of climate change on snow and lakes, and new modelling techniques will be explored through $69,000 in Water Institute seed grants.

  2. Apr. 11, 2018Fereidoun Rezanezhad represents Water Institute in meeting with China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES)Soil and Solid Waste Institute team at CRAES.

    Soil and Solid Waste Institute team at CRAES.

  3. Mar. 22, 2018Gulf of Mexico dead zone not expected to shrink anytime soonSatellite image of the northern Gulf of Mexico in April 2009. Image credit: NASA.

    Achieving water quality goals for the Gulf of Mexico may take decades, according to findings by researchers at the University of Waterloo.

    The results, published today in Science, suggest that policy goals for reducing the size of the northern Gulf of Mexico’s dead zone may be unrealistic, and that major changes in agricultural and river management practices may be necessary to achieve the desired improvements in water quality.

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  1. May 24, 2018WaterTalks: What lies beneath - Internal waves in the nearshore coastal environment

    Ryan Walter, Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at California Polytechnic State University

  2. May 29, 2018Ecohydrology Seminar Series: Linking Surface N2O Flux to Soil Processes in Cold Climates

    Linking Surface N2O Flux to Soil Processes in Cold Climates

    Dr. Claudia Wagner-Riddle, University of Guelph 

    Everyone welcome! Coffee provided!

  3. June 13, 2018WaterTalks: Decoding the secrets of carbon preservation in peatlands

    Decoding the secrets of carbon preservation in peatlands along a boreal to tropical gradient from Minnesota to Peru

    Curtis Richardson, Professor of Resource Ecology and Director of the Duke University Wetland Center

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