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.
June 30: Anna Nuhn's M.Sc. thesis Morphologic and Structural Mapping of Layered Central Uplifts on Mars has been published in the online thesis repository.
June 11: Annemarie Pickersgill's M.Sc. thesis Shock Metamorphic Effects in Lunar and Terrestrial Plagioclase Feldspar Investigated by Optical Petrography and Micro-X-Ray Diffraction has been published in the online thesis repository.
May 22: At the recent Annual Meeting of the Canadian Geophysical Union in Banff, Alberta, two graduate students in Earth Sciences were honored for the high quality of their research. Mr. Kegan Farrick was awarded the Don Gray Medal for Best Student Paper in Hydrology, and Ms. Tara Despault received the Campbell Scientific Award for Best Poster in Hydrology. Our Congratulations!