About us

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

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.

2020/21 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Dalhousie University invites applications for the Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships. Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable for two years and currently valued up to $55,000. The deadline for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents to the online portal is Tuesday, December 15.

For more information, see our Funding and Awards page. Competition documents and a link to the online application can be found there or on the Faculty of Graduates Studies' Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship page.

Kudos to Samantha Howard (Combined Honours in Environmental Science and IDS) in winning the Inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarship (DalNews 20202/11/26).

Congratulations Earth and Environmental Sciences Fall 2020 Memorial Award Recipients:
Michael Powell, James L. Hall Scholarship
Megan MacDonald, G.V. Douglas Memorial Award
Michael Kishchuk, MacEachern-Ponsford Memorial Award  

Congratulations Nina Garrett, Joy M Cunningham Award Recipient, one of the top three finalists in the FoS' 2020 Summer Research Contest: How similarity to parental calls affects call discrimination in noise by... https://youtu.be/VEdhEh6lqqw

Congratulations Anna Ryan, NSERC Award Recipient, Honourable Mention in the FoS' 2020 Summer Research Contest:Tracking ocean currents through time https://youtu.be/0F5o22hFA_4

Congratulations  new Canada Research Chair, Dr. Vittorio Maselli, Canada Research Chair in Coastal Zone Processes: https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/08/26/dalhousie-team-of-canada-research-chairs-continues-to-grow.html

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

NS Salmon Association research scientist & EES adjunct, Edmund Halfyard, on the Todd Veinotte Show discussing study co-authored by Shannon Sterling that found aluminum concentrations in NS rivers are too high to sustain healthy aquatic life. Many former EES students (Marley Geddes, Siobhan Takla, Sarah MacLeod and Lobke Rotteveel) contributed to the study he discusses. Segment starts at the 10:30 mark.

Aluminum concentrations in Nova Scotia rivers are too high to sustain healthy aquatic life, according to a study by EES' Shannon Sterling and team. You can find the paper in the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences journal: https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/24/4763/2020/hess-24-4763-2020.html

Vittorio Maselli's recent paper published in Geophysical Research Letters was selected as an Editor’s Highlight on Eos.org:  Abrupt Climate Shifts Change the Latitudes of Storm Activity

Climate crisis lurking in the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic | The Chronicle Herald (Featuring EES' Shannon Sterling)

Susan R. Eaton, Earth Sciences Class of 1980 (BSc Honours): Epic Explorer

Dalhousie Originals: Kathryn Sullivan (PhD Dalhousie Geology 1978)

Jane K. Willenbring, Stanford University (PhD Dalhousie EES 2006, ‘Jane Staiger’) wins the inaugural Marguerite T. Williams Award
https://www.agu.org/Honor-and-Recognize/Honors/Section-Awards/Marguerite-Williams-Award
https://eos.org/agu-news/2020-agu-section-awardees-and-named-lecturers

EES student Leah Fulton spent her summer developing guided online campus nature walks. Focused on some of the interesting trees on campus, it's an alternative the lunchtime urban nature walks held last year. Check out the project's story map:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fb76f66443cc493496df89142d01f393

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.



The Atlantic Geoscience Society's 47th Colloquium and Annual General Meeting will be held virtually, February 5 - 6th, 2021.

The conference website will go live shortly.

The call for award nominations is now open.

Aluminum concentrations in Nova Scotia rivers are too high to sustain healthy aquatic life, according to a study by EES' Shannon Sterling and team. You can find the paper in the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences journal: https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/24/4763/2020/hess-24-4763-2020.html

Recent paper published in Nature Geoscience on the origins of iron ore deposits highlighted in this News and Views by James Brenan: https://rdcu.be/b7vG2

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

2020/21 Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Dalhousie University invites applications for the Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships. Killam Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable for two years and currently valued up to $55,000. The deadline for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents to the online portal is Tuesday, December 15.

For more information, see our Funding and Awards page. Competition documents and a link to the online application can be found there or on the Faculty of Graduates Studies' Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship page.

Kudos!

Kudos to Samantha Howard (Combined Honours in Environmental Science and IDS) in winning the Inaugural Margaret R. Crickard Scholarship (DalNews 20202/11/26).

Congratulations Earth and Environmental Sciences Fall 2020 Memorial Award Recipients:
Michael Powell, James L. Hall Scholarship
Megan MacDonald, G.V. Douglas Memorial Award
Michael Kishchuk, MacEachern-Ponsford Memorial Award  

Congratulations Nina Garrett, Joy M Cunningham Award Recipient, one of the top three finalists in the FoS' 2020 Summer Research Contest: How similarity to parental calls affects call discrimination in noise by... https://youtu.be/VEdhEh6lqqw

Congratulations Anna Ryan, NSERC Award Recipient, Honourable Mention in the FoS' 2020 Summer Research Contest:Tracking ocean currents through time https://youtu.be/0F5o22hFA_4

Congratulations  new Canada Research Chair, Dr. Vittorio Maselli, Canada Research Chair in Coastal Zone Processes: https://www.dal.ca/news/2020/08/26/dalhousie-team-of-canada-research-chairs-continues-to-grow.html

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

NS Salmon Association research scientist & EES adjunct, Edmund Halfyard, on the Todd Veinotte Show discussing study co-authored by Shannon Sterling that found aluminum concentrations in NS rivers are too high to sustain healthy aquatic life. Many former EES students (Marley Geddes, Siobhan Takla, Sarah MacLeod and Lobke Rotteveel) contributed to the study he discusses. Segment starts at the 10:30 mark.

Aluminum concentrations in Nova Scotia rivers are too high to sustain healthy aquatic life, according to a study by EES' Shannon Sterling and team. You can find the paper in the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences journal: https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/24/4763/2020/hess-24-4763-2020.html

Vittorio Maselli's recent paper published in Geophysical Research Letters was selected as an Editor’s Highlight on Eos.org:  Abrupt Climate Shifts Change the Latitudes of Storm Activity

Climate crisis lurking in the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic | The Chronicle Herald (Featuring EES' Shannon Sterling)

Susan R. Eaton, Earth Sciences Class of 1980 (BSc Honours): Epic Explorer

Dalhousie Originals: Kathryn Sullivan (PhD Dalhousie Geology 1978)

Jane K. Willenbring, Stanford University (PhD Dalhousie EES 2006, ‘Jane Staiger’) wins the inaugural Marguerite T. Williams Award
https://www.agu.org/Honor-and-Recognize/Honors/Section-Awards/Marguerite-Williams-Award
https://eos.org/agu-news/2020-agu-section-awardees-and-named-lecturers

EES student Leah Fulton spent her summer developing guided online campus nature walks. Focused on some of the interesting trees on campus, it's an alternative the lunchtime urban nature walks held last year. Check out the project's story map:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/fb76f66443cc493496df89142d01f393

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.



The Atlantic Geoscience Society's 47th Colloquium and Annual General Meeting will be held virtually, February 5 - 6th, 2021.

The conference website will go live shortly.

The call for award nominations is now open.

Publications

Aluminum concentrations in Nova Scotia rivers are too high to sustain healthy aquatic life, according to a study by EES' Shannon Sterling and team. You can find the paper in the Hydrology and Earth System Sciences journal: https://hess.copernicus.org/articles/24/4763/2020/hess-24-4763-2020.html

Recent paper published in Nature Geoscience on the origins of iron ore deposits highlighted in this News and Views by James Brenan: https://rdcu.be/b7vG2

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