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Spring 2021 Virtual Seminar Schedule

Due to Covid-19, our seminars are virtual this semester with pre-recorded presentations. Join us via Zoom  Download PDF

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Virtual Speaker

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Feb. 19, 1:30 pm

The Day the Mesozoic Died: The Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs

HHMI Biointeractive video



Mar. 5, 1:30 pm

The Chicxulub Impact and Dawn of a new Era

Dr. Michael Whalen, University of Alaska, Fairbanks




Mar. 19, 1:30 pm

River response and its implications for human-environment interactions during the Late Quaternary in Ethiopia

Dr. Gary Stinchcomb, WSI & EES, Murray State University


The Keg

Apr. 2, 1:30 pm

Earth materials: the foundation for development (UNESCO lecture series)

Dr. Larry Meinert, Meinert Consulting LLC, Dr Nellie Mutemeri, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


LBL Planetarium

Apr. 16, 1:30 pm

North American Carbon Program, From Manipulative Experiments to Models (and back)

Dr. Bassil El Masri, MARC & EES, Murray State University


Dairy Queen


Recent news

Sep 2020: Dr. El Masri receives a NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development grant for his research entitled Assessing the Impacts of Physiological and Environmental controls on the Accuracy of WUE: Linking Field Observations, Satellite Imagery, and Land Surface Model.

May 2020: Congratulations to our May 2020 graduates! We are very proud of you all!!

May 2020: Congratulations to our 2020 Outstanding Students awards receipients

April 2020: Dr. Marcie Venter receives two top faculty honors - Board of Regents Teaching Excellence and the MSU Emerging Scholar Awards

March 2020: Dr. Stinchcomb and collaborators publish a research article in Science Advances

February 2020: EES Students and Faculty complete another successful field season in Gona, Ethiopia

November 2019: Winners of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Poster Session at the MSU Fall 2019 Scholars Week

October 2019: Dr. Bassil El Masri featured in Researcher Spotlight in North American Carbon Program October Newsletter

October 2019: Dr. Bassil El Masri publishes in Scientific Report, a Nature research journal

August 2019: Dr. Marcie Venter appointed to Native American Heritage Commission by Gov. Bevin

August 2019: Murray State University receives $1 million NSF grant to promote strategic equity initiatives for women faculty in STEM, where Dr. Robin Zhang serves as a member of the MSU ADVANCE leadership team

June 2019: Earth and Environmental Sciences - Archaeology students study abroad in Jamaica  in search of evidence of the 1519 Spanish settlement of Oristan

May 2019: Dr. Neil and Mrs. Joan Weber creates the Neil and Joan Weber Endowed Scholarship for incoming freshmen pursuing a degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Jan 2019: Graduate student Kevin Takashita-Bynum receives a $10,000 Early Career Grant from National Geographic to conduct environmental research in Gona, Ethiopia.

Sep 2018: Several of our summer 2018 interns are featured in this #RacerInternships story.

Aug 2018: Dr. George Kipphut creates the Alice and George Kipphut Sr. Scholarship in Earth and Environmental Sciences.