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Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) is the portal to environmental research, education, and outreach programs offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is one of the leading earth and environmental sciences research institutes in the U.S. EESI is affiliated with Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE), the central coordinating structure for energy and environmental research, education, and outreach at Penn State.


EESI's mission is comprised of four interrelated elements:

  • To encourage interdisciplinary examination of the links between Earth’s chemical, physical, and biological processes from atomic to global scales by supporting faculty and student research on earth sciences and environmental issues;
  • To facilitate the modeling and manipulation of data in new and innovative ways through EESI’s Environmental Computing Facility;
  • To facilitate dissemination of research findings through publications, presentations, web pages, workshops, seminars, testimony to public agencies, and advice to public and private organizations and agencies; and
  • To develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and education programs that benefit internal and external stakeholders, including the Penn State community, the Commonwealth, scientific communities, and federal and state science agencies and organizations.

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To learn more about EESI, please visit the EESI website.


Dave Yoxtheimer pictured atop in Monserrate, Bogota, Colombia.
Penn State researcher named to Colombian commission on shale energy development

The National Hydrocarbon Agency of Colombia appointed Dave Yoxtheimer to a commission of experts tasked with providing an independent and objective analysis of shale energy development in the country.

Stephen Mainzer, assistant teaching professor at Penn State, meets with community members from Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Team earns seed grant to develop solutions to river flooding

Klaus Keller, professor in the Department of Geosciences, and Robert Nicholas, associate research professor with the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, are among a team that has received funding to develop community-based solutions to river flooding in Pennsylvania.

Greenland glacier
Novel hypothesis goes underground to predict future of Greenland ice sheet

The Greenland ice sheet melted a little more easily in the past than it does today because of geological changes, and most of Greenland's ice can be saved from melting if warming is controlled, says a team of Penn State researchers.

Thermus scotoductus cells
A microbial hot spring in your basement

Microbes that thrive in some of the most extreme places on Earth have discovered another cozy place to live -- inside homes across the United States.

Joshua Woda, a graduate student in geosciences at Penn State, measures methane concentrations in the air. Gas bubbles out of the
Ground and stream water clues reveal shale drilling impacts

Chemical clues in waters near Marcellus Shale gas wells in rural Pennsylvania can identify new drilling-related sources of methane contamination, according to scientists.