Earth and Environmental Sciences

Interested in the environment? How the Earth’s systems work? Would you like to turn your passion into a career?

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has the faculty and programs to help you achieve your goals: Environmental Science – Natural Science and Social Science tracks, Geology, Environmental Geology, and our newest major, Interdisciplinary Science Studies, which is designed for students interested in elementary science education.  We also offer a Minor in Environmental Sustainability Click on topics at left for more information.


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UMW student receives 2019 conference runner-up award

Lauren Chartier (Biology, ’20; Environmental Sustainability minor), pictured at right, won a runner up in  Environmental & Engineering Geology Session – Students research presentation competition at the national annual Geological Society of America conference in Phoenix Arizona ( September 22 – 25) for her poster “The biogeochemistry of reclaimed sand-mined soils in Caroline County, Virginian Coastal plains, USA”.  Lauren’s research was supervised by Dr. Ben O. Kisila (Earth and Environmental Sciences Department) and Dr. Josephine Antwii (Biology Department).  Also involved with the research is Earth and Environmental Sciences graduate Dr. Matthew Ricker (now on the faculty of North Carolina State University).

UMW’s Summer Science Institute student awards.

Departmental students presented results of their summer research at UMW’s 2019 Summer Science Institute symposium on July 24. Environmental Science student Mary Hoffman (Class of 2020) was awarded first prize in the poster category, while Thanh-Binh Duong (class of 2020) was awarded second prize in the oral presentation category.  Both students are advised by Dr. Tyler FrankelCatherine Crowell (Class of 2021), co-advised by Dr. Frankel and Dr. Ben O. Kisila, was awarded second prize in the poster category.

Binh and Mary presented their results at the Spring 2019 meeting of the Chesapeake Potomac Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry


Departmental graduate researching sea ice loss in the Arctic.

Chelsea Wegner  (EESC, 2010) is pursuing a PhD in polar sciences at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science. Click here for more information.




Meet our newest faculty member:tyler-frankel-photo-3

We are very happy to welcome environmental toxicologist Dr. Tyler Frankel to our department.  Dr. Frankel will join us in the Fall 2018 semester.  More information on Dr. Frankel and our continuing faculty is found on our Faculty page.