Welcome to Earth Sciences at Western

Earth Sciences is the science of the planet Earth. We seek to understand the Earth's internal structure and composition; its dynamic character (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics); the processes that occur within it; the processes that shape its surface and the materials that constitute its surface layers; the origin, occurrence, extraction and conservation of the Earth's natural resources (minerals, fossil fuels, soils, and water); the place of the Earth within the Solar System, and the history of life on Earth.

Western's Department of Earth Sciences is a close-knit and dynamic department combining cutting edge academic and applied research with strong mentorship and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Our graduates can be found in industry, academia and government across Canada and around the world. Come see us in the Biological and Geological Sciences Building to see what Earth Sciences has to offer.


Wed. May 30: MSc Geology Candidate Joelle Langford's Public Lecture: "Modelling the Thermal Transport of a Thawing Permafrost Plateau." 9:00AM in BGS 1069

Dr. Gail Atkinson awarded the 2018 Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research

ExoMars Return first images from new orbit; Western's Livio L. Tornabene makes major impact

Tianqi Xie, PhD Candidate, takes third place and Participants' Choice Award at 3MT Ontario Finals