About Earth and Environmental Sciences

Mountain and lake at dawn.Earth and Environmental Sciences covers a wide range of research areas, ranging from hydrogeochemistry to geophysics. With our variety of challenging courses and opportunities, in addition to our large graduate program, we offer one of the strongest Earth Science departments in the country.

Just the facts

  • 29 regular and research faculty members
  • Annual grant and contract research awards in excess of $8 M
  • Authors of numerous scientific papers, books, patents, and licenses
  • Current research programs in more than 17 countries on five continents
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences researchers helped establish and continues to contribute to the new Water Institute, Canadian Water Network (a National Centre of Excellence) and the new Centre for the Control of Emerging Contaminants, all head-quartered at the University of Waterloo

  • 1 Canada Excellence Research Chair, 2 Canada Research Chairs
  • 3 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Geological Association of Canada Awardees: W.W. Hutchison Medal, E.R. Ward Neale Medal, J. Willis Ambrose Medal; Harvey Gross Medal, and H.S. Robinson Lecturer
  • 4 times awarded the O.E. Meinzer Award, Hydrogeology Division, Geological Society of America
  • 4 times awarded the M. King Hubbert Award, National Groundwater Association
  • 2 times awarded the Robert Farvolden Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society/International Association of Hydrogeologists
  • 3 times awarded the Roy Thomas Award, Canadian Geotechnical Society