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School of the Environment

Our Mission

To support the future mission of Washington State University as a major land-grant research institution, our teaching, research, and outreach in the School of the Environment advances understanding of the Earth’s complex and dynamic physical, structural, biogeochemical, ecological and biological systems, land use and climate change, and the scientific and social advances needed to conserve biological diversity and productive ecological and human communities in a sustainable world.

Our Research

Our active research faculty and graduate students on WSU campuses throughout Washington conduct research on a wide range of earth’s geologic, hydrologic, biogeochemical and ecologic systems, and environmental and natural resource issues, across local, regional and global field sites.

Our Students

From earth science to ecology, from global change to environmental sustainability, SoE students master scientific tools and practical skills that kickstart a meaningful career in a rapidly changing world.

Our Distinctive Programs and Facilities

Our state of the art labs are equipped to measure the Earth from environmental DNA to stable isotopes of ancient rocks, from wildlife diets to changing landscape patterns. Faculty and students study ecosystems up close at facilities such as our on-campus outdoor teaching lab, captive wildlife facilities and geology museum. They also use cutting edge remote sensing technologies on UAV and satellite platforms to gain broad perspectives. More on our facilities


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