Earth and Environmental Science

Earth and Environmental Science

Projects in this division can include the pursuit of knowledge in any of the following disciplines:

  • geology

  • mineralogy

  • physiography

  • oceanography

  • limnology

  • seismology

  • geography

  • ecology

  • atmospheric sciences

Environmental science involves the study of pollution (air, water, and land) its sources and its control. It also can involve studies of biotic and/or abiotic factors in an environment where such studies enhance our understanding of biological relationships and abiotic cycles. Studies dealing with resource management or sustainable development would fall into this category. Examples of such studies might include capture/recapture studies for estimation of population densities, determination of bioproductivity in a specific ecosystem or niche, studies of plate tectonics and examination of mineral cycles (e.g., salt mills in the oceans).