About the Department

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Earth and its Environment – the very place where we live and all the things we need to exist. Our natural laboratory began as a fiery ball about 4.6 billion years ago, and since then has undergone incredible change – the origin, rates and ultimate effects of which are central to all of Earth’s natural organic and inorganic systems. Strangely, something so central to our planet and our very existence is all but ignored in most pre-university curricula. Here, however, you have the opportunity to learn from world-class teachers and researchers about how the Earth and our natural and human-made environment work. With the earliest moments of the origin of the Earth through the ancient and modern processes that act on and below its surface, these processes have collectively shaped our natural environment and provided its many natural resources – resources that remain central to all living things. Through the use of a wide variety of chemical, physical and biological investigative tools, our professors are at the forefront of research unraveling the complexity and deciphering the stories as told by Earth’s natural materials and its environment.  So as a B.Sc., M.Sc. or Ph.D. student, we invite you to join this exciting field of learning as together we study Earth’s past, present and future.   

Bill Arnott
Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
120 University, Ottawa ON Canada K1N 6N5

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