Chapman's interdisciplinary School of Earth and Environmental Sciences incorporates faculty with expertise in chemistry, biology, environmental science, ecology, earth science and remote sensing. Faculty conduct internationally recognized research while maintaining a small school level of faculty-student attention and interaction in their mission to teach undergraduates and graduates about how to analyze, understand, and ultimately sustain and conserve earth's interconnected systems.
Our current research includes the speciation and bioavailability of heavy metal pollutants in mine tailings in Southern California carbon cycling in wetlands, invasive plant ecology, bird nesting and mating behavior, neural development in intertidal organisms, and the use of remote sensing and modeling of satellite data to study air pollution and climate change impacts. Undergraduate and graduate students are active collaborators on these research projects.
As our society becomes more conscious of the extent of environmental threats, job growth in fields requiring the expertise garnered from this school is expected to increase. Additionally, alumni have gone on to careers in environmental consulting and science with private, corporate and public organizations like the County of Orange and regional water districts and to graduate and professional studies at Harvard University, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Berkeley, USC, UCI, UC Santa Barbara, and Keck Graduate Institute.