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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.

Learn more

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


Researchers measure post-fire carbon emissions in Yosemite National Park.
Forest carbon still plentiful post-wildfire after century of fire exclusion

Forests in Yosemite National Park hold more carbon today than they did 120 years ago despite burning in a severe wildfire in 2013, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers.

Klaus Keller, left, received the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award
Penn State Postdoc society announces 2019 award recipients

The Penn State Postdoc Society has announced Molly Hanlon as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Award, and Klaus Keller as the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award.

Natalie Accardo
Researchers seismically image Shale Hills water catchment

Penn State researchers take part in one of the largest studies ever conducted using more than 2,000 geophones. The group is seismically imaging the Shale Hills water catchment near the Penn State University Park campus.

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Undergraduates map subsurface at Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory

The processes that happen in the first few feet of soil can have large impacts on agriculture and water resources. To better understand these processes, a team of graduating Penn State geoscience majors mapped the subsurface at a research site in Rothrock State Forest.

Apollo 11 anniversary
Penn State celebrates Apollo 11 anniversary with STEM events

Neil Armstrong took "one giant step" 50 years ago when he became the first human to walk on the moon. To mark the Apollo 11 mission's anniversary and promote STEM education, Penn State held family events last week to honor the historic launch and lunar landing.