School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

At the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences we are leaders in our field, nationally and internationally. We ensure that our graduates have real world skills to tackle current and future global challenges. Our students have access to rare specialist equipment and techniques, and opportunities to acquire practical and application-based learning through fieldwork. Our academic staff are committed to designing educational experiences that are engaging, challenging and relevant. Our degrees are taught by staff at the forefront of their fields of research, and this shines through in the quality of our graduates.

27 April: 
San Diego mastodon discovery rewrites the story of humans in North America

Richard Fullagar - thumbEvidence from an archaeological site in San Diego, California, has dramatically shaken up our understanding of when early humans arrived in North America.

Until recently, the oldest records of human sites in North America generally accepted by archaeologists were about 15,000 years old. But the fossils from the Cerutti Mastodon site (as the site is being referred to in recognition of San Diego Natural History Museum field palaeontologist Richard Cerutti who discovered the site and led the excavation), were found embedded in fine-grained sediments that had been deposited much earlier, during a period long before humans were thought to have arrived on the continent.

University of Wollongong archaeologist Professor Richard Fullagar joined the team studying the Cerutti Mastodon site in 2015, brought in for his expertise in impact and wear marks on stone tools. 

Gerald Nanson honoured for uncovering the secrets of Australia’s geological past

Gerald Nanson 2x1At the Autumn graduation celebrations, Professor Nanson was awarded the title Emeritus Professor in recognition of his contributions to Earth sciences research. Professor Nanson joined UOW as a lecturer in 1977.

He played a major role in shaping the research and teaching initiatives in the former Department of Geography, the subsequent School of Geosciences, and ultimately the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences. Read more....

Facial Deconstruction with Nick Rheinberger

In a world first, Nick Rheinberger is getting his head "deconstructed". Facial Anthropologist Susan Hayes normally takes ancient skulls and puts faces on them, but as a teaching aid, she's taking Nick's head and turning it into a digital skull. The first part of the project is a series of hi-resolution photos of Nick's completely still and level head. Take a look at this time lapse

Top 100 most-discussed journal articles of 2016

Allen Nutman – ARTICLE #40 OF 100
Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures
Letter in Nature
Fossils discovered by Australian researchers in a remote area of Greenland provide evidence to support a theory of rapid development of early-stage life on Earth.

Gerrit Van Den Bergh – ARTICLE #60 OF 100
Homo floresiensis-like fossils from the early Middle Pleistocene of Flores
Letter in Nature
This paper was one of two studies published in Nature that dramatically increase our understanding of early humans and their 'hobbit' ancestors

The Mike Morwood Memorial Website

A dedicated website has been developed and will be used as a memorial to Mike and the legacy he has left. Visit Mike's memorial website.