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Connecting Earth and Life

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
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 Mission: Connecting Earth to Life

The School of the Environment supports the current and future mission of Washington State University as a major land-grant research institution. Our teaching, research, and outreach advances understanding of the Earth’s complex and dynamic physical, structural, biogeochemical, ecological and biological systems, and impacts of land use and climate change. We advance scientific and social innovation needed to conserve biological diversity and to promote productive and sustainable ecological and human communities.