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. Apr. 18, 2019PhD student addresses drinking water security challenges related to natural disturbances
    Tyler Hampton in the midst of field research, Augusta Creek, Michigan.

    Tyler Hampton in the midst of field research, Augusta Creek, Michigan.

  2. 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.

  3. Feb. 25, 2019Researchers discover when and where oxygen began its rise
    Mt. 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.   

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  1. Sep. 23, 2019GSA Alumni Reception - Phoenix, Arizona
    GSA 2019, 22-25 September, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

    Join us for a cocktail reception!


    The University of Waterloo and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences would like to invite you to our upcoming cocktail reception at The Geological Society of Amer

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