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

A very special Earth Day celebration in remembrance of Dr. John Anderton–professor and colleague whom we miss one year after his unexpected passing took place in the Academic Mall on April 22nd. NMU's Eta Chi chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society and members of other EEGS student groups organized fun events even in the snow! Local news station, TV6, covered the event and footage can be viewed, here. Student's were also featured in the North Wind.

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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 shared photos and experiences. The content of the presentation was "Fisheries and Forest Resources of the Amazon."

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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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 Garden Club Awarded Community Service Award for 2014 - 2015

At the annual Leadership Recognition Banquet, the EEGS Garden Club was honored with the 2014–15 Community Service Award for implementing the Sustainability Series and for their efforts in creating the Superior Acre Permaculture Garden at NMU!!! What an amazing rookie year it has been for the students in this organization. Here's to a bright future for our wonderful community. Let it grow!

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.
Science on Tap Event

NMU's Sigma Xi Chapter member and EEGS professor, Norma Froelich is organizing Science on Tap Events. Previous events have covered topics about the origins of life, how much fat is burned on fat bikes, geology of the Marquette area and more! Join us for these stimulating presentations at 7:00pm in the community space at Ore Dock Brewing Company every second Thursday of each month.

Academic Program Videos

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

Earth Science

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.