Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences students will find excellent opportunities to explore contemporary environmental issues and participate in scientific research with departmental faculty; whether in excellent facilities or in the current Gulf Coast environmental field laboratories.


A Glance at the Program

  • Consists of a multidisciplinary approach that combines natural science and research management
  • Students learn to analyze physical and socio-economic environments and to reach decisions concerning environmental use and management
  • Offers a core curriculum that is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the earth and environmental sciences, as well as in the modern methods and techniques used by scientists and environmental professionals 
  • Techniques include cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and environmental sampling and surveying 
  • Classes generally host 25-35 students, while labs consist of 15-20 students.

Student Rebecca Foglietti presenting her research to attendees at her thesis proposal defense event

Research Highlights

Rebecca Foglietti

Graduate thesis student in the Department of Earth & Environmental Science just successfully defended her thesis titled: A Comparative Climatology of Tornado Outbreaks and Outbreak Variability in the U.S.A. This research specifically examined tornado outbreak variability within the continental U.S., using different definitions of the term 'tornado outbreak,' and further, investigated potential linkages between eastern tropical Pacific sea surface temperature variability and outbreak behavior. Initial findings suggested the possibility of a "Tornado Outbreak Alley," centered in northern Alabama, hundreds of miles from what is classically considered "Tornado Alley."


Department News

A Wetland Evaluation Team from the Florida DEP office in Tallahassee, Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination Program,  will conduct a wetland identification and delineation workshop on the UWF campus from April 1-5. Per Chapter 62-340, F.A.C., DEP is responsible for ensuring statewide coordination and consistency in the delineation of surface waters and wetlands pursuant to the rule, by providing training and guidance to the Department, Districts, and local governments in implementing the methodology. The team will train about 20 workshop participants from agencies such as DEP, DOT, and DOH. The group will be in the Thompson’s Bayou and Edward Ball Nature Trail area for fieldwork and will use a department classroom for lectures and discussions.