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

Chasidy Hobbs co-manages the UWF Garden and they received a $68,000 grant to build a living classroom, along with a $5,000 IP Foundation grant for the third year in a row to support programs to teach student how to grow their own food. Chasidy is also working on a study abroad program for summer 2018 to Peru. Along with the amazing experience of studying an environment on another continent, students will also learn about agricultural reform (past and present), water resources, urban landscapes and sustainability initiatives, historic and Archaeological city tours, highland and rainforest ecology and salt mining.