Covid-19 Update

On September 1st, 2021, Carleton University announced that all faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors to the University involved in any in-person activities either on-campus or off-campus must be vaccinated (mandatory vaccination update).  All individuals must show proof of first-dose vaccination before September 8th 2021 and a second dose by October 15th 2021.  Documents of proof of vaccination must be uploaded to cuScreen by the dates listed above.  Note that reporting of vaccination status is not required until September 8th.  Exemptions can be requested, but frequent COVID rapid testing will be required.  Please see the Newsroom webpage for more details.  Any visitors or contractors MUST be made aware of the vaccination requirements before coming to campus.

In following the recommendations for the gradual return to campus, the Department of Earth Sciences is now open, however students and visitors must book an appointment before visiting the main office. No drop-in appointments will be available.  For assistance, please contact the office at earth [dot] sciencesatcarleton [dot] ca and your email will be redirected to the appropriate contact.  We can also be reached at (613) 520-2600 Ext. 5633 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On August 23 we will be working from campus but you must make an appointment through QLess.  More details will be forthcoming. 

We are doing all we can to keep our community safe and to contribute to slowing the progression of COVID-19 in Ottawa and across the country.  For more information, please visit Carleton’s Coronavirus page.

Thank you for your understanding during this time.


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.


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News Stories

Fall Convocation 2021-Congratulations to all the Earth Sciences Graduates!!!

The Department of Earth Sciences would like to say congratulations to all of the graduates during this Fall 2021 convocation. While we may not be on campus for the usual ceremonies this month, the faculty and staff want to celebrate our graduating students and wish them well in their future careers. 

Earth Sciences celebrates it's 2021 graduates

On Tuesday afternoon, June 22nd, the Department of Earth Sciences hosted its 2021 Virtual Graduation Celebration for their graduating graduate and undergraduate students.

Convocation Week-Congratulations to all the Earth Sciences Graduates!!!

The Department of Earth Sciences would like to say congratulations to all of the graduates during this 2021 Convocation week. While we may not be on campus for the usual ceremonies this month, each Department is holding virtual ceremonies with their graduates and wishing them well in their future careers.

Lauren MacLellan paper published in Earth-Science Reviews

Third year student Lauren MacLellan (under the supervision of Dr. Richard Ernst, Scientist in Residence) is the lead author on a 29 page paper just published in Earth-Science Reviews “Volcanic history of the Derceto large igneous province, Astkhik Planum, Venus” 

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