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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. Mar. 8, 2019Adjunct Prof. Cees van Staal awarded the 2019 Logan Medal

    Earth and Environmental Sciences Adjunct Professor Cees van Staal has been awarded the 2019 Logan Medal by the Geological Association of Canada.

  2. Feb. 25, 2019Researchers discover when and where oxygen began its riseMt. McRae Shale sedimentary rocks from Australia

    Oxygen in the form of the oxygen molecule (O2), produced by plants and vital for animals, is thankfully abundant in Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. Researchers studying the history of O2 on Earth, however, know that it was relatively scarce for much of our planet’s 4.6 billion-year existence.   

  3. 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.

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  1. May 28 to 31, 2019NovCare 2019 International ConferenceNovCare Conference logo

    Conference registration is now open. Early bird registration is available until April 1st, 2019 and abstracts in the form of poster or oral presentations will be accepted until March 15th, 2019.

  2. Mar. 20, 2019GAC Howard Street Robinson Medal Lecture: Derek ThorkelsonStock image of rocks above water with fish

    GAC Howard Street Robinson Medal Lecture: The Precambrian Secrets of Yukon 

    Derek Thorkelson
    Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University

    Most geologists in Canada regard the Canadian Cordillera as a Phanerozoic orogen consisting of fold belts and accreted terranes rich in precious and base metal deposits, and flanked by the modern Cascadia subduction zone. To the surprise of many, the orogen also preserves a rich Precambrian history that spans over a quarter of Earth history.

  3. Mar. 21, 2019PhD Thesis Defense: Md Abdus Sabur

    Interaction of Phosphate and Silicate with Iron Oxides in Freshwater Environments

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