EEGS Student Groups Celebrate Earth Day in Remembrance of Dr. John Anderton

You are invited to a very special Earth Day celebration in remembrance of Dr. John Anderton–professor and colleague whom we miss one year after his unexpected passing. NMU's Eta Chi chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society and members of other EEGS student groups have organized fun events that will take place snow or shine on the Academic Mall from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 22.

News and Information

EEGS and Biology Students Reflect on Study Abroad Experience in Brazil

On Friday, April 17 students who participated in the Biology and EEGS study abroad trip to Brazil will share photos and experiences at 4:00 p.m. in Mead Auditorium. The content of the presentation is "Fisheries and Forest Resources of the Amazon." Come hear what they learned and observed!

Photo of Granite Island

EEGS Department Advising for Registration for Summer and Fall 2015

The department's bi-annual Advising Party took place on Monday, March 16 at 5:30p.m. in West Science 3710. Students interested in the EEGS curriculum were invited to join EEGS faculty and staff for the workshop and pizza dinner. Advising notes to prepare for next semester are available here.


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Northern Michigan University's Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences department is on Facebook. Like us on Facebook to learn more about student and faculty research, opportunities and news from the department, and even pictures of the beautiful surrounding environment. 

Lake Superior is Getting New Weather Buoys

Collaborators from NMU, Superior Watershed Partnership, and LimnoTech hosted two public forums to share information about the new Lake Superior observing system and gather input from the community. Click here for more information.

EEGS Department Outstanding Graduating Senior

Lauren Somogyi was selected as the 2015 outstanding graduating senior in the EEGS Department. At Northern, Lauren majored in Environmental Studies and Sustainability with a minor in Math. Read more about her accomplishments.

Photo of tree in Amazon Rainforest

EEGS Department Congratulates Its Recent Graduates!

Nearly 80 students completed degrees in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences during the 2013–14 school year. Way to go, graduates!

Native Plant Area

Native Plant Area Offers Learning Opportunities

The native plant area located down campus is an outdoor study area that can be used by classes for long-term monitoring of vegetation, insects, birds and even small mammals. Professor Ron Sundell is currently looking for students to volunteer in the month of June to help plant some of the 16,000 native plants. To volunteer, e-mail or call 906-227-1359.

EEGS Department Welcomes Human Geographer Weronika Kusek

The EEGS Department is delighted to welcome Professor Weronika Kusek to the faculty! Dr. Kusek is a human geographer interested in migration, globalization, urbanism, and qualitative methods used in cultural geography. She just completed her Ph.D. at Kent State University, and she will teach GC 164 Human Geography and GC 360 Population Geography in Fall 2014.

Faculty and Staff Collaborate on Great Lakes Research
The first coordinated effort to study evaporation across the Great Lakes was published. It highlights the importance of continued monitoring of the complex interactions in the lake–atmosphere system. Read more about the project to assess the impacts of climate variability and change on Great Lakes evaporation.
EEGS instructors teach Academic Service Learning courses

EEGS classTwo EEGS instructors recently taught courses with an Academic Service Learning (ASL) focus. An ASL Action Grant helped Teresa Bertossi and students in her freshman seminar partner with Teaching Family Homes to create Cool Teen Journals. Richard Ziegler’s GC 260 Minerals and Rocks class assisted the Michigan Iron Industry Museum by designing a new exhibit to explain the formation of iron deposits in the Upper Peninsula. More information on ASL Action Grants.


Academic Program Videos

Student talking about Earth ScienceStudents talk about their experiences and opportunities within the majors of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences.

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Environmental Science

Environmental Studies and Sustainability


Secondary Education Earth Science

Department head welcome message

zieglerSusy Ziegler is the head of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences. She studies vegetation change and human interactions with the natural world. Read her welcome message.