About us

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences provides excellent undergraduate programs, as well as advanced instruction at the graduate level.

Find out more about our degree programs.

Faculty and Research

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Faculty and students within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences  are involved in timely, important research encompassing a broad range of academic disciplines.

Find out more about what our researchers are investigating by exploring our Research page or by visiting researchers individual sites.

IMPORTANT STAFFING NOTICE:

Please be advised: After today, March 20, 2020, the Earth and Environmental Sciences main office will not be staffed until further notice. All admin support staff will be working remotely from their homes. Sean Hartwell, EES’ Administrator, will be in from time-to-time to check on things.

All TA forms/ TA payroll issues, and website issues should be referred to Dawn Hall at dhall@dal.ca

All hourly timesheets along with any DEPARTMENTAL travel claims, purchase reqs, cheque reqs, etc should be sent electronically to Darlene Van de Rijt  at Darlene.VanDeRijt@Dal.Ca

Any purchase reqs, travel claims, cheq reqs, etc coming from grants should go to Norma at norma.keeping@dal.ca

If you have any further questions, please contact:
James Brenan, Departmental Chair
Email: JBrenan@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494- 2358  or
Sean Hartwell, Departmental Administrator
Email: erthadm@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-1473

Academic Advising for ERTH and ENVS students:
To all students in the ENVS and ERTH programs, given the upcoming registration for Fall, please be aware that the Department Program Advisors are ready and waiting to provide you with assistance with program advice.
The contacts are as follows:
Earth Science: Mike Young at  mike.young@dal.ca
Environmental Science: either Sue Gass at susan.gass@dal.ca OR Amy Mui at amy.mui@dal.ca
Please contact them and if needed, they can arrange with you for meeting by phone or other remote access. 


Funded Sustainability Leadership Internship in Bahamas

Congratulations to Ashlynn Fleming recipient of the Pearson Education Canada Book Prize for 2020.This award is given to an Environmental Science student in their second year of study who achieved the highest average in their first-year courses.

Congratulations to Jordan Carrier, recipient of the 2020 Environmental Science Award. This award is given to an Environmental Science student in their third year of study who has shown academic promise in their environmental course work.

Congratulations to Julia Fast and Michelle Mann, co-recipients of the 2020 Owen Hertzman Prize. This award is granted annually to an Environmental Science student who is deemed to have contributed significantly to Environmental Science school life.

Congratulations to Susan Gass, this year's recipient of the Faculty of Science Award of Excellence for Teaching. https://twitter.com/Dal_ESnENVS/status/1249767644242350096

Congratulations to Lily Barraclough, recipient of the 2019-20 Art and Dorothy Cooke Memorial Scholarship! Check out her thesis work on the NSActivScore: http://tiny.cc/9qdpmz

Congratulations Lily Barraclough, 2020 SRES Research Legacy Scholarship Recipient! https://www.instagram.com/p/B-pOTgPnAxw/

Congratulations 2020 Earth and Environmental Sciences' Earth Ring Recipients!

Watch 3 Minute Thesis competition finalist, Caitlin McCavour's presentation: https://youtu.be/WN7nlMRmzDY

Congratulations to our students who went to the Atlantic Geoscience Symposium!
Our students delivered an outstanding performance at the Atlantic Geoscience Symposium held this weekend, with excellent presentations delivered all around.  
Dal swept the student presentation awards as follows:
Phil Sedore (Best Presentation by a graduate student), Brian Maciag (honourable mention) and Olivia Rolfe (best Ugrad presentation), Alexandra Bonham (honourable mention), and Caitlin McCavour (best poster award) at the AGS.

Congratulations to our graduate student Lobke Rotteveel on her first-author publication in Environmental Science and Technology (2018 IF 7.15) based on work done in the Sterling Hydrology Lab.
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.9b04872
 

 

Joining forces
Introducing the Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Mike Young and coop student Rosa Toutah are leading an ambitious project to create virtual field trips for many of our Fall Term courses. See https://sketchfab.com/mike.young for preliminary 3D models of field sites and sample. See

Going the distance: Recent grad, Graeme Wach, ran 53 kilometres in 24 hours to raise donations for victims of Nova Scotia’s mass shootings

Grad Profile: Lily Barraclough, Building more physically active communities

Congratulations to Vittorio Maselli for leading this groundbreaking research on tsunami deposits just published in Geology and now featured in Dal on-line: How a 1,000‑year‑old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk than originally thought

Check out this article featuring retired Earth Sciences' professor Dr. Barrie Clark: https://halifaxmag.com/features/titanic-tombstones/

Can liming N.S. forests help fight climate change?
NS: Mainstreet Halifax's Jeff Douglas spoke with EES' Shannon Sterling, who is researching whether liming forests can help them absorb more carbon dioxide.

EES' Shannon Sterling on CBC's Quirks & Quarks
Listen to Shannon answer Quirks and Quarks' question of the week: "As water covers most of the Earth, why isn't it completely shrouded in clouds?"

Halifax scientists endorse climate emergency letter


Meet EES' John Gosse, a geologist with a passion for landscape evolution and teaching the science of natural disasters.
The Sciographies Podcast – Episode 11: John Gosse, Geologist

Moon metals: New research considers what lies below the moon's surface

For conference details, click on the corresponding logo.


Check out Vittorio Maselli's paper "A 1000-yr-old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk for East Africa": https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/doi/10.1130/G47257.1/586277/A-1000-yr-old-tsunami-in-the-Indian-Ocean-points
and online at the National Geographic Society's website: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/05/1000-year-old-bones-oldest-known-east-africa-tsunami-victims/

Check out Vittorio Maselli's paper Tidal modulation of river-flood deposits: How low can you go? just published in the journal GEOLOGY and his new OFI-funded project: https://oceanfrontierinstitute.com/research/pei-source

Check out this paper just published in Nature Geoscience co-authored by EES' James Brenan: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-020-0560-y

Notices

IMPORTANT STAFFING NOTICE:

Please be advised: After today, March 20, 2020, the Earth and Environmental Sciences main office will not be staffed until further notice. All admin support staff will be working remotely from their homes. Sean Hartwell, EES’ Administrator, will be in from time-to-time to check on things.

All TA forms/ TA payroll issues, and website issues should be referred to Dawn Hall at dhall@dal.ca

All hourly timesheets along with any DEPARTMENTAL travel claims, purchase reqs, cheque reqs, etc should be sent electronically to Darlene Van de Rijt  at Darlene.VanDeRijt@Dal.Ca

Any purchase reqs, travel claims, cheq reqs, etc coming from grants should go to Norma at norma.keeping@dal.ca

If you have any further questions, please contact:
James Brenan, Departmental Chair
Email: JBrenan@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494- 2358  or
Sean Hartwell, Departmental Administrator
Email: erthadm@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-1473

Academic Advising for ERTH and ENVS students:
To all students in the ENVS and ERTH programs, given the upcoming registration for Fall, please be aware that the Department Program Advisors are ready and waiting to provide you with assistance with program advice.
The contacts are as follows:
Earth Science: Mike Young at  mike.young@dal.ca
Environmental Science: either Sue Gass at susan.gass@dal.ca OR Amy Mui at amy.mui@dal.ca
Please contact them and if needed, they can arrange with you for meeting by phone or other remote access. 


Funded Sustainability Leadership Internship in Bahamas

Kudos!

Congratulations to Ashlynn Fleming recipient of the Pearson Education Canada Book Prize for 2020.This award is given to an Environmental Science student in their second year of study who achieved the highest average in their first-year courses.

Congratulations to Jordan Carrier, recipient of the 2020 Environmental Science Award. This award is given to an Environmental Science student in their third year of study who has shown academic promise in their environmental course work.

Congratulations to Julia Fast and Michelle Mann, co-recipients of the 2020 Owen Hertzman Prize. This award is granted annually to an Environmental Science student who is deemed to have contributed significantly to Environmental Science school life.

Congratulations to Susan Gass, this year's recipient of the Faculty of Science Award of Excellence for Teaching. https://twitter.com/Dal_ESnENVS/status/1249767644242350096

Congratulations to Lily Barraclough, recipient of the 2019-20 Art and Dorothy Cooke Memorial Scholarship! Check out her thesis work on the NSActivScore: http://tiny.cc/9qdpmz

Congratulations Lily Barraclough, 2020 SRES Research Legacy Scholarship Recipient! https://www.instagram.com/p/B-pOTgPnAxw/

Congratulations 2020 Earth and Environmental Sciences' Earth Ring Recipients!

Watch 3 Minute Thesis competition finalist, Caitlin McCavour's presentation: https://youtu.be/WN7nlMRmzDY

Congratulations to our students who went to the Atlantic Geoscience Symposium!
Our students delivered an outstanding performance at the Atlantic Geoscience Symposium held this weekend, with excellent presentations delivered all around.  
Dal swept the student presentation awards as follows:
Phil Sedore (Best Presentation by a graduate student), Brian Maciag (honourable mention) and Olivia Rolfe (best Ugrad presentation), Alexandra Bonham (honourable mention), and Caitlin McCavour (best poster award) at the AGS.

Congratulations to our graduate student Lobke Rotteveel on her first-author publication in Environmental Science and Technology (2018 IF 7.15) based on work done in the Sterling Hydrology Lab.
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.9b04872
 

 

EES in the News

Joining forces
Introducing the Department of Earth and Environmental Science

Mike Young and coop student Rosa Toutah are leading an ambitious project to create virtual field trips for many of our Fall Term courses. See https://sketchfab.com/mike.young for preliminary 3D models of field sites and sample. See

Going the distance: Recent grad, Graeme Wach, ran 53 kilometres in 24 hours to raise donations for victims of Nova Scotia’s mass shootings

Grad Profile: Lily Barraclough, Building more physically active communities

Congratulations to Vittorio Maselli for leading this groundbreaking research on tsunami deposits just published in Geology and now featured in Dal on-line: How a 1,000‑year‑old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk than originally thought

Check out this article featuring retired Earth Sciences' professor Dr. Barrie Clark: https://halifaxmag.com/features/titanic-tombstones/

Can liming N.S. forests help fight climate change?
NS: Mainstreet Halifax's Jeff Douglas spoke with EES' Shannon Sterling, who is researching whether liming forests can help them absorb more carbon dioxide.

EES' Shannon Sterling on CBC's Quirks & Quarks
Listen to Shannon answer Quirks and Quarks' question of the week: "As water covers most of the Earth, why isn't it completely shrouded in clouds?"

Halifax scientists endorse climate emergency letter


Meet EES' John Gosse, a geologist with a passion for landscape evolution and teaching the science of natural disasters.
The Sciographies Podcast – Episode 11: John Gosse, Geologist

Moon metals: New research considers what lies below the moon's surface

Conferences

For conference details, click on the corresponding logo.


Publications

Check out Vittorio Maselli's paper "A 1000-yr-old tsunami in the Indian Ocean points to greater risk for East Africa": https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/doi/10.1130/G47257.1/586277/A-1000-yr-old-tsunami-in-the-Indian-Ocean-points
and online at the National Geographic Society's website: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/05/1000-year-old-bones-oldest-known-east-africa-tsunami-victims/

Check out Vittorio Maselli's paper Tidal modulation of river-flood deposits: How low can you go? just published in the journal GEOLOGY and his new OFI-funded project: https://oceanfrontierinstitute.com/research/pei-source

Check out this paper just published in Nature Geoscience co-authored by EES' James Brenan: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-020-0560-y