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

Spring Convocation 2022-Congratulations to all the Earth Sciences Graduating Students!!!

The Department of Earth Sciences would like to say congratulations to all the graduates during the Spring 2022 convocation. The Faculty and Staff want to celebrate our graduating students for all their hard work over the past 4+ years and wish them well in their future careers. The Department would like all our graduating students (some are listed below) to know that as you transition into your alumni status from Carleton, that the Staff and Faculty in the Department of Earth Sciences are still here to support you. Please continue to use us as a resource and keep in touch, letting us know all the amazing things you're working on.

Thesis Day presentations April 2022

This year on April 1st, 2022 the Department of Earth Sciences was once again able to host in-person Thesis presentations for the first time in 2 years. Many of our 4th year presenters are heading to graduation this June 2022. Here are some highlights from the day, 

Hillary Maddin interviewed on CBC Quirks & Quarks

Dr. Hillary Maddin from the Department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University was interviewed on April 14, 2022 for CBC's Quirks & Quarks segment. Her segment was entitled: Legless fossils, smells of the past, research with Russia and more.....

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