Earth & Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (E&ES) at Wesleyan University covers many aspects of the natural world, on Earth and on other planets.  Our investigations range from active volcanoes to climate change and eco-conservation to the fate of water on Mars and the Moon.  Our students perform cutting edge research in our own backyard and around the world.  Our graduates enter jobs in Earth and environmental industries, the non-profit sector and academia. 


Ellen Thomas has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge

Ellen Thomas has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the climate change category. This is an extraordinary international award that was established in 2008 to acknowledge significant contributions in the areas of scientific research and cultural creation. The recipients in the Climate Change category, in which Ellen is now a recipient, Reads like who’s who in climate research.

A film crew visited campus to interview Ellen Thomas, please open the link to the video:

Recent Grants Awarded

Helen Poulos was awarded a Faculty Research Grant from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Program.  Her research proposal, "Springpulse: Modeling Groundwater Discharge in Large Texas Springs Using Field Data, Remote Sensing, and Machine Learning"  can be found here.

Graduate student, Mary Clare Greenlees, also received a travel award grant to travel to the 55th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Her proposal can be found here.

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Listen or read a transcript of Marty Gilmore's interview on NPR "Earth may seem like a one-of-a-kind planet, but it actually has a twin"

E&ES Jobs

... are important

... pay well

... are in high demand

Related Sites

College of the Environment

Planetary Science

College of Integrative Sciences

GIS Resources on Campus

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