Interested in the study and protection of our environment?  The geologic history and future of the Earth? The oceans? All of the above? Would you like to turn your passion into a career?

UMW’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is the place to learn about all aspects of  the Earth sciences and our role in living with the Earth’s resources and limitations.  We offer a B.S. in Environmental Science and Geology, with the following concentrations to help you focus on your individual goals:

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Latest news…

Department graduate completes two years in Zambia with the Peace Corps

Thomas de Triquet (Environmental Science, ’17) integrated into a rural subsistence farming village and shared knowledge regarding climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forest management, and animal husbandry.  He also taught adult literacy, youth environmental awareness, established a tree nursery, and encouraged food self-security within his resident population.  Thomas is now planning to pursue graduate work in sustainable development.


Grant awarded to UMW faculty for environmental study at the Crows Nest Research Center in Stafford County, Virginia

Congratulations to Dr. Tyler Frankel (pictured) of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department and Dr. Abbie Tomba of the Biology Department, who have been awarded a $16,504 grant to finance study of at the Crows Nest Research Center in Stafford County, Virginia.  The research will be carried out beginning in the Summer of 2020.  Click here for more details!

UMW student receives 2019 runner-up award at Geological Society of America conference in Phoenix, AZ

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 awards for Earth and Environmental Science students

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


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