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Our degree programs include courses in earth and environmental sciences and related subjects and prepare students for further study at the graduate level or professional employment. The employment opportunities for our graduates are in protecting and managing existing natural resources of the earth as well as in exploring for new resources.

Earth & Environmental Sciences News

8 cool things you didn’t know about Dayton geology

Excerpt We all know that the Gem City is beautiful on the surface, but have you ever wondered what’s below us? We talked with David Schmidt, director of undergraduate programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Wright …
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What can we learn from California’s water crisis?

Excerpt California’s long-running drought made national headlines earlier this month when Gov. Jerry Brown announced sharp reductions in water use that will affect everyone in the state. While we here in the Midwest aren’t as worried today about water use, …
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Announcements

Dr. Silvia Newell arrives at Wright State. Newly appointed as Assistant Professor, Dr. Silvia Newell joins the Department from her previous position at Boston University as NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Robinson Fulweiler. Dr. Newell’s research interests focus on nitrogen cycling in aquatic environments, including nitrification in the eutrophic Lake Taihu, China. During Fall Semester 2014, she will be teaching EES 4330/6330 Global Biogeochemical Cycles and EES 4780/6780 Environmental Science Seminar. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Newell to the Department.

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Our Mission

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences offers research and educational programs that focus on earth processes and complex ecosystems. We explore interactions among processes that involve the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere, fostering a cross-disciplinary perspective to meet the current and future challenges of resource development, conservation, and environmental health and quality.

The core research strengths of the department focus on four areas: Earth, Energy, Education, and Environment. Individual research groups focus on Aquatic Processes and Biogeochemistry, Hydrogeology and Hydrology, Geophysics and Computational Science, Geospatial Analysis and Remote Sensing, and Earth Science Education.

Our graduates are ready to address complex, real-world challenges because of their strong foundation in  basic sciences and advanced training in interdisciplinary and emerging fields. Employment opportunities focus on protecting and managing the existing natural resources of the earth including environments, aquifers, and surface water,  as well as in exploring for new resources such as oil, gas, and minerals. We prepare our students for careers in various fields and disciplines, all of which are important now and will continue to be into the future.