News for Earth and Environmental Sciences

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Confronting bias in STEM: Outcomes from a Equity, Diversity & Inclusion seminar

Byline: Wynona Klemt

“You are biased. And so am I,” was the message that started off the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) seminar last week. Bias in science and academia is now being recognized as a prevalent problem, influencing hiring practices, attrition rates, and collaborations.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Researchers 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.   

Thursday, September 6, 2018

New campus pianos aim to open hearts and minds

Max Salman stands in front of the latest open piano located in the Peter Russell Rock Garden.

Music is in the air at Waterloo thanks to two new outdoor pianos in front of the Dana Porter Library and the Peter Russell Rock Garden. The pianos appeared thanks to the efforts of Max Salman, a PhD student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Science welcomes six Vanier scholars

Group image of five of the 2018 Vanier scholars

The University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Science will be welcoming six Canadian Vanier Graduate Scholarship recipients this fall, where they will be starting their doctoral studies in Earth and Environmental Sciences as well as Physics and Astronomy.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Early ocean anoxia may have led to first mass extinction event

Dengying 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.