Welcome to the Department of Earth Sciences

Nearly everything that we do is connected to the physical Earth; it's lands, oceans, atmosphere, plants and animals; the materials used for our homes and offices, the clothes that we wear, our sources of energy, our drinking water, the air that we breathe and the food that we eat.  All of our high-tech tools, innovative clean energy solutions and critical minerals are derived from our planet. Study of the Earth Sciences offers an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to understanding Earth systems, applying knowledge from biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, computer science and mathematics to tackle complex global issues.  As our human population approaches 8 billion people, maintaining and improving the quality of life on this planet, and protecting threatened environments and ecosystems, requires an understanding and appreciation of Earth’s complex processes.

The 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) outline 17 actions necessary to addressing our most pressing global challenges by the year 2030, such as improving health and education, protection from natural disasters, reducing inequality, supporting economic growth while tackling climate change and preserving oceans and forests. Geoscientists and their knowledge of Earth systems and processes are critical to achieving these goals.

News Stories

Ph.D student, Fateme Hormozzade awarded scholarship from Geoscience BC

Ph. D student, Fateme Hormozzade is one of the recipients of a scholarship from Geoscience BC for 2022. The scholarship program provides a financial boost to ten post-graduate geoscience students working on projects to advance earth science research in British Columbia.

PhD Jade Atkins appointed new Director/Curator of the Joggins Fossil Institute

Jade Atkins has joined the amazing team at the Joggins Fossil Centre as its new Director/Curator. The Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the coast of Nova Scotia that has been described as the "coal age Galápagos" due to their wealth of fossils from the Carboniferous period (354 to 290 million years ago). The rocks of this site are considered to be iconic for this period of the history of Earth and are the world's thickest and most comprehensive record of the Pennsylvanian strata. At Joggins, Jade hopes to continue to study the evolution and development of amphibians, as well as broaden her research horizons in new directions. 

PhD student Dana Korneisel receives the Cohen Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

PhD students Dana Korneisel has received the Cohen Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. The awards will be announced at their annual conference November 3rd-8th, 2022. The Steven Cohen Award for Student Research is to foster excellent student research in the study of vertebrate paleontology by making funds available to an exemplary student or students. Past winners can be found Here.

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