Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences



COVID-19 Department Fall 2020 Plan:


In keeping with the State and University directives during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences will operate as follows: 


Main Office


The main office will be closed to the public as support staff continue to work remotely.  Contacting staff is best done through email, see support staff listing or the main departmental email: You can expect a response to your inquiry within 2 business days.




All Earth & Environmental Sciences classes will be taught remotely during the fall semester. Students should refer to their course schedule, Canvas and/or syllabus for details regarding ‘synchronous’ or ‘asynchronous’ timing. Questions about a specific course (including absence tolerance; accessibility issues; etc.) should be directed to the instructor of the course. 


Advising and/or Prospective Students


Graduate Students should contact David Fox (Dirctor of Graduate Studies (DGS)), Max Bezada (Asst DGS), or Jen Petrie (Student Personnel Coord).  Students can also review the web pages for


Undergraduate Students should contact Josh Feinberg (Dir of Undergrad Studies (DUGS)) or Jen Petrie (Student Personnel Coord).  Students can also review the web pages for the Undergraduate Programs.



Please also review the University’s Safe Campus website or the College of Science & Engineering’s website to where much of the information regarding the Fall 2020 semester has been compiled.


We wish you all the best for a healthy and productive semester!




Why choose Earth and Environmental Sciences?!


Interested in pursuing an academic career in Earth and Environmental Sciences? Hear from two current students about why they choose Earth and Environmental Sciences and what they like about our program!



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Statement against racism


The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities stands firmly against the systemic racism that has long afflicted our society and still causes immeasurable daily harm to Black People, Indigenous Peoples, and People of Color. In this time of sorrow and anger at the events in Minneapolis and in so many other places, please read our collaboratively-written document that expresses the values of our community of Earth & environmental scientists: UMN ESCI Statement Against Racism



Interested in Working with the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences?

If you are interested in applying for any positions available here in the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, check out the current positions available for more information.



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