Studying the past and the present of the Earth, including interactions among the non-living environment, humans and other forms of life, to inform responsible decisions about the future.
Two undergraduate majors in Earth Science and in Environmental Studies equip our students with thorough understanding of nature and environmental issues through classroom education combined with practical learning in the lab and the field.Learn More
Two Professional Masters programs in Environmental Studies and in Applied Geosciences prepare full or part-time students to become experts in managing complex environmental problems.Learn More
A PhD program in Earth and Environmental Science enables students to become successful independent researchers in academia or non-academic settings.Learn More
Research done by our faculty, postdoctoral scientists and students focuses on a wide variety of the Earth system’s non-living and living components to increase the understanding of how our planet works and responds to perturbations, such as the global environmental change brought about by human activities.
Our guiding principle is to embrace all dimensions of human diversity, both because it is morally just and because fostering diversity, equity and inclusion enhances scientific creativity and is key to achieving an environmentally sustainable future.
Housed in the Earth and Environmental Science Department, The Water Center combines water science with policy innovation to develop integrated new strategies for solutions to the most challenging urban water problems.
The Water Center homepage can be found here - https://watercenter.sas.upenn.edu/.
2023 Earth & Environmental Science Awards
Congratulations to the 2023 Earth and Environmental Science award recipients! Earth & Environmental…Read More
Michael Mann Receives Humanist of the Year Award
Michael Mann, Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science and Director of Penn…Read More
Nolan Jacobs Awarded Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship
Nolan Jacobs, EES undergraduate student, UAB member, and University of Pennsylvania Navy ROTC,…Read More
Congratulations Jonas Toupal and Zhao Liu - 2023 Penn Grad Talks Finalists!
EES Ph.D. Student Jonas Toupal and Master of Environmental Studies Student Zhao Liu have been selected as a finalists for…Read More
Michael E. Mann Honored With Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence
Stroud Water Research Center has bestowed the 2022 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence upon Michael E. Mann, one of the…Read More
'Switzerland: Living Sustainability' Led by Prof. Reto Gieré
Prof. Reto Gieré was the faculty leader of “Switzerland: Living Sustainability”, a field trip organized by Penn’s Lauder…Read More
Prof. Reto Gieré and Catherine Nabukalu Publish New Paper with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Professor Reto Gieré and Catherine Nabukalu (Penn MES alumna) have recently published “Charcoal as a global commodity: Is it…Read More
Joseph Francisco Receives American Chemical Society Philadelphia Section Award
Joseph Francisco, President’s Distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science and Professor of Chemistry, has…Read More
Climate Week 2022
Join us for our upcoming Climate Week events!Read More