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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.

Mission

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.

News

Barry Worthington
Speaker to present 'Sustaining Global Energy Development' in EarthTalks series
03/28/2017

Barry Worthington, executive director of the United States Energy Association (USEA), and a Penn State alum, will present "Sustaining Global Energy Development" at 4 p.m. Monday, April 3, in 112 Walker Building.


Erica Smithwick
Women in Science
03/21/2017

Erica Smithwick, ecologist and associate professor of geography, is among four women profiled who inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.


Tomatillo
South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought
01/05/2017

Delicate fossil remains of tomatillos found in Patagonia, Argentina, show that this branch of the economically important family that also includes potatoes, peppers, tobacco, petunias and tomatoes existed 52 million years ago, long before the dates previously ascribed to these species, according to an international team of scientists.


Marcellus Shale gas drilling
Big data approach to water quality applied at shale drilling sites
12/15/2016

A computer program is diving deep into water quality data from Pennsylvania, helping scientists detect potential environmental impacts of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.