Welcome to Summer 2015!

The mission of the Department of Earth and Space Sciences is to further the understanding of Earth, the solar system, and their histories.

The Department’s scope extends from the center of Earth to the rim of the solar system, and its activities cut across traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and mathematics. Our faculty, students, and staff examine Earth’s interior structure, chemistry, motion, and dynamics; geologic hazards; processes affecting the surface environment; the surrounding space environment; planetary processes; and geobiology.

We provide a foundation for interdisciplinary teaching and research that is based on the geologic record, and on rigorous observation and modeling of Earth’s present state. Our research aims to provide a basis for making accurate predictions of future conditions.

Through these activities, we contribute to the education of undergraduate and graduate students seeking careers in science and technology, provide broad educational opportunities about Earth, environmental and space sciences, and conduct outreach on related issues of societal concern.

Hi ESSers!

As everyone returns to our department keep a few points in mind:

Please remember to be vigilant about suspicious behavior in our buildings and labs.
Remember to lock doors when appropriate, especially when working alone in laboratories. Report suspicious behavior to the UWPD as well as our building manager, Dave McDougall (JHN 047). Also, you might program the UWPD number into your phone: 206-685-8973 (UWPD). For emergencies, call 911 immediately.

Please remember to use common spaces with consideration for your peers!
We have a lot of shared work space in our department–like labs, offices, the student lounge, the QRC library, etc. Please remember to be considerate when using these spaces, and to create spaces for our incoming students–so that everyone can be comfortable using these resources.

We have a lot of new ways to connect to the department–check out our social media!



ESS Student Services Blog:








EnviroLink (Environmental Pre-Major Advising Link) Blog:


SAMLink (Science and Math Pre-Major Advising Link) Blog:


Thanks everyone! Good luck this quarter! Welcome!