Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES) evolved from the Geology Department that was originally founded by Herman Leroy Fairchild in 1888. EES maintains its outstanding tradition of geology research, but now also represents the full range of Geoscience research, covering the solid Earth and other planets, the oceans, and the atmosphere. It is not uncommon to see research projects in our department bridging these disciplines for holistic explorations of earth and environmental science processes and properties.


EES’s mission is to conduct scientific research and teaching of the highest order to better understand our planet, its climate, and other planetary bodies, and to prepare our students for success in an ever-changing world.

Research Groups