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. 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.

  2. Feb. 6, 2018Sixth Annual World Wetlands Day Celebration at University of WaterlooCrowd listening to a presentation by Bruce MacVicar

    Friday, February 2 marked the Ecohydrology Research Group’s sixth annual World Wetlands Day (WWD) celebration at the University of Waterloo. This year’s program featured research presentations, three-minute student presentations, a student poster competition, and an evening public lecture.The symposium had over 90 registrants and was attended by researchers from various universities across southwestern Ontario as well as members of the general public. It even got a Twitter-nod from MP of Waterloo Bardish Chagger.

  3. Feb. 5, 2018Groundwater study of Kurikka region goes internationalMartin Ross and colleagues on site in Finland.

    Associate Prof. Martin Ross is starting a new collaboration with the Geological Survey of Finland who has been involved in a large groundwater study in the municipality of Kurikka in western Finland.

    The purpose of the study is to improve understanding of the groundwater system and to assess the quality and quantity of the water resources. A three-dimensional model of the subsurface geology will be developed followed by detailed groundwater flow modelling.

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  1. Mar. 28, 2018Department Seminar: Geological constraints on North American ice sheet paleogeography for the Late Pleistocene

    Dr. April Dalton, Professor of Geology, University of Toronto

  2. Apr. 2, 2018PhD Thesis Defence: Robert ENOUY

    An Investigation into Water Consumption Data Using Parametric Probability Density Functions

  3. Apr. 3, 2018AquaHacking 2018 information night and kick-off mixerWant to launch a clean tech startup?

    Join us on April 3, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in RCH 306 for food, drinks and information about AquaHacking 2018. Meet last year's winners, learn about the competition and this year's format, and meet like-minded individuals. 

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