SCHOOL OF EARTH &
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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Welcome to SEES! 

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is a federation of units that produces knowledge about earth and environmental processes and human-environment interactions at all geographic and temporal scales.  SEES faculty and researchers provide the scientific basis for environmental and climate policy, train the next generation of scientists, and disseminate knowledge and solutions for the benefit of society.

About us

SEES produces new knowledge about earth and environmental processes and human-environment interactions at all geographic and temporal scales, provides the scientific basis for environmental and climate policy, trains the next generation of earth and environmental scientists, and disseminates knowledge and solutions for the benefit of students and society. The combination of field, instrumental, computational, and modeling approaches in the earth and environmental sciences within one unit is a major strength. SEES facilitates interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach/extension activities across the six departments and laboratories.

The numbers -  86 faculty, 210 graduate students, 230 undergraduate majors, 26,000 student credit hours and more than $17 million in external funding. We are ranked #2 nationally in funding from NSF's Division of Earth Sciences. 

Management is by an executive council of the participating unit heads, with one of the heads serving as the Director, rotating annually. The participating units retain their existing governance, academic programs, and identities.

The Acting Director for SEES 2020-2021 Fiscal Year is Tom Meixner, Professor and Department Head, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.

SEES offers undergraduate degrees in Geosciences, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, and Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences. MS and PhD degrees are offered in Geosciences, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and Natural Resources. Tree-Ring students are granted degrees by departments in multiple colleges.

GEOS, HAS, and ENVS are already nationally ranked in the "top ten" in their fields and LTRR is renowned as the global leader in many applications of dendrochronology in environmental sciences. HAS provides many linkages among the existing units and is ranked as the second most efficient department in COS. Aligning the departments into a new School establishes a coherent and more readily recognized UA program in earth, environmental, water, and atmospheric sciences, with unique capabilities. SEES puts the UA in a better position to compete for funding for the coming major initiatives in climate research, water quality and supply, and earth resources. Support from agencies and resource industries is likely to increase because of our ability to quickly assemble interdisciplinary teams of faculty and researchers.

Units

People

James L. Buizer

Interim Director of the Arizona Institutes for Resilience: Solutions for the Environment and Society

buizer@arizona.edu

Barbara Carrapa

Head of the Department of Geosciences

bcarrapa@email.arizona.edu

Jonathan Chorover

Head of the Department of Environmental Science

chorover@cals.arizona.edu

David C. Frank

Head of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

davidcfrank@email.arizona.edu

Greg Hodgins

Director of the UA Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Lab

ghodgins@email.arizona.edu

John Koprowski

Director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Diana Liverman

Director of the School of Geography, Development & Environment

liverman@email.arizona.edu

Thomas Meixner

Head of the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

tmeixner@email.arizona.edu