Researchers in a cave


Events and Seminars

Apr 22 Thu 4:00pm

Department Seminar Series

Virtual via Zoom.

Eric Barefoot, Rice University, Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Abrupt changes in flood intensity bias the stratigraphic preservation of climate change

Apr 23 Fri 12:00pm

Recent News

marble from quarry in Jordan


April 16, 2021
A newly discovered mineral has been named Priscillagrewite, in honor or Priscilla Grew, former professor in the Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Minnesota Geological
deep sea bacteria in limestone

Bailey Group - Ocean Bacteria and Carbon

April 16, 2021
A study led by ESCI's own Prof. Jake Bailey and Phd Student Dalton Leprich discovered that deep-sea bacteria dissolve carbon-containing rocks, releasing excess carbon into the ocean and
photo of the 2019 student research symposium

2021 Student Symposium Best Talk & Best Poster Winners

April 8, 2021
Congratulations to the winners for Best Talk and Best Poster at the 2021 Student Research Symposium.
Image of a Planet with stardust

Marc Hirschmann - Carbon and Life

April 7, 2021
How did Earth get just the right amount of carbon to sustain life? New studies by UMN Earth Sciences professor Marc Hirschmann and colleagues provide new pieces to this puzzle by showing carbon must
Grad student Evan Whiting with binoculars in Florida

Evan Whiting - Bell Museum Award

March 30, 2021
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Evan Whiting, for receiving the Bell Museum's Natural History Award.
photo of Prof Emeritus Roger LeB Hooke

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Roger LeB Hooke, 1939-2021

March 26, 2021
It is with great sadness to note the passing of Roger Hooke, a faculty member in geomorphology and glaciology in our department from 1965 until his retirement in 1998.

Featured Research

Summer intern collecting water samples from a lake
Photo credit
Alex Waheed

Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin

Launched in January 2018, Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin (First We Must Consider Manoomin/Psin) is a collaboration among tribes, intertribal treaty organizations, and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students, that prioritizes tribal views on the cultural significance and ecology of Manoomin / Psiη (Wild Rice), and the policies related to it.

Manoomin/psiη (wild rice) is a sacred plant for Native peoples throughout the Great Lakes region. Unfortunately, Manoomin has been declining due to multiple environmental stressors. Native people who have lived with manoomin / psiη for generations understand this intimately, but tribal views, concerns, and treaty rights have not been adequately incorporated into natural resources policies. Protecting tribal resource sovereignty demands a culturally responsible, whole ecosystem approach to environmental stewardship.

(photo: Summer intern from University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh, Trinaty Calwell, collecting water samples.)