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.

  1. July 1, 2018Early ocean anoxia may have led to first mass extinction eventDengying Formation (South China)

    A new study by an international collaboration involving Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Brian Kendall suggests the world’s first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused by a widespread loss of dissolved oxygen in the Earth’s oceans.

  2. May 28, 2018Phosphexᵀᴹ wraps up field testing as a $10 million George Barley Water Prize contenderPhosphex field testing in Holland Marsh, Ontario.

    Today, the University of Waterloo PhosphexTM team wraps up its field tests where they’ve demonstrated their technology’s ability to remove phosphorus from Holland Marsh in Bradford, Ontario.

  3. 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.

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  1. Jan. 18, 2019Department Seminar: Dr. Daniel Colman

    Defining the Intersection of Geology, Geochemistry and Microbiology in Hydrothermal Environments

    Dr. Daniel Colman
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University

    Hydrothermal systems provide excellent model systems to deconvolute the dynamic interplay between geology and geochemistry and the ecology and evolution of microorganisms. Extensive geochemical variation exists in hydrothermal systems that sets the stage for an incredible amount of microbial taxonomic and functional biodiversity. Further, microorganisms inhabiting hydrothermal systems can have profound roles in shaping the geochemistry of their environments through geo-biological feedbacks resulting from biological transformations of inorganic and organic chemical constituents.

  2. Jan. 25, 2019MSc Defense: Brittney Glass

    Examining Hydrogeological Processes in Freezing Soils Using Remote Geophysical and Numerical Techniques

  3. Feb. 4, 2019World Wetlands Day 20197th annual world wetland day research symposium at the University of Waterloo

    The Ecohydrology Research Group is excited to present our seventh annual research symposium in celebration of World Wetlands Day at the University of Waterloo! 

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