Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Biology Chair, Assistant Vice President of GSPA, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Science Named

We are pleased to share some upcoming organizational changes with some leadership positions held by Science faculty members.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Restoring wetlands near farms would dramatically reduce water pollution

Targeted wetland restoration in heavily farmed areas would dramatically reduce the amount of nitrogen polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) examined detailed data on wetland locations and nitrogen loads from fertilizer on farm fields throughout the United States.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

EES welcomes new faculty member Tonya DelSontro

Tonya DelSontro selfie in front of a mountain stream

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences would like to welcome new faculty member Assistant Professor Tonya DelSontro. She joined the department as an Assistant Professor virtually in July, and then arrived on campus this September.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Successful field course allows ten Earth and Environmental Science students to graduate this fall

Group of students, TAs, and professor standing on a rock surrounded by trees. All are wearing masks

For 10 Earth and Environmental Sciences students graduating this week, who should have graduated this past June, it has taken months of planning and preparation in order to deliver the required field course they needed to take in order to graduate.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Waterloo researchers protecting our food supply from mercury contamination

Alana Wang

Remediation of mercury contaminated soils is an urgent issue affecting the safety of our food supply.  Rivers, lakes, and oceans that were polluted by industrial waste from textile or mining operations in the past can continue to distribute neurotoxic methylmercury into our agricultural environments for decades.  Waterloo PhD student Alana Wang (pictured here) and a team of Waterloo researchers have helped to unlock the process of using biochars to remediate contaminated floodplain soils.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Nandita Basu receives AGU's Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring Award

Nandita Basu

The Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring is presented annually to a mid-career female scientist in recognition of significant contributions as a role model and mentor for the next generation of biogeoscientsts. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Meet Waterloo Science’s 2020 Schulich Leader

Tara Ferguson

A group of exceptionally talented incoming students are making their way to Waterloo with a prestigious scholarship in tow.

Thanks to a $100+ million investment by businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, Waterloo has more than doubled its recipient pool from previous years allowing selected students pursuing STEM to begin their post-secondary careers with an extra $80,000 or $100,000.

Out of a selection of more than 300,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,500 high school students are nominated annually, of which 100 received this celebrated award.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Online module reaches new heights

Flow chart of the Scientific method

A new online module about the scientific method that was created for an introductory Earth Sciences course has been incorporated into a number of courses across the Faculty of Science and the Open Science Framework.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Student clubs donate funds to support local community COVID-19 efforts

Image of all club representatives from Board of Directors meeting over zoom meeting

Together, the University of Waterloo’s Science Society, Science departmental clubs and the Psychology Society donated $5,500 to help the local community fight COVID-19. The donation came from unused event funds and was shared among three organizations.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Graduate students launch Water Researchers of Colour database

A new initiative launched by two graduate students seeks to raise awareness and celebrate people of colour in water-related disciplines.