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About CEES

Our History

The IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science ("CEES") was established by the Department of Earth Sciences in 1997 and in 2010 was named an IUPUI Campus Signature Center, an initiative of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research at IUPUI. CEES is also sponsored within IUPUI by the IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences and the School of Science.

An Urban Environmental Center
Applied environmental research is important in bringing solutions to critical problems and gives CEES its uniqueness. Research and outreach programs are focused in central Indiana with local, state, national, and international collaborations and implications. Activities include the following core areas:

Research and Restoration
Research initiatives cross traditional science boundaries and facilitate science-based decision making. We also strive to help IUPUI researchers use the local environment in their basic research interests.

  • Water Resource Evaluation and Watershed Management
  • Stream and Wetland Assessment and Restoration
  • Assessment of Environmental Constituents
  • Environmental Data Management, Modeling, and Visualization

Environmental Science Education
Educational programs are discovery based and make science real and relevant. In addition to serving our community, they also provide opportunities for IUPUI students to get involved in science education and provide a living-laboratory for STEM education research. 

  • Environmental Education Resources
  • Discovering the Science of the Environment
  • K-12 Teacher Workshops and Support
  • Practical engagement experiences for undergraduates interested in the environment and science education
  • Continuing Education Workshops for Environmental Professional

Public Service, service learning and community engagement through restoration and environmental stewardship
Our public service programs immerse participants in experiential projects that address current environmental issues and improve natural areas in central Indiana. CEES provides service learning opportunities and partnerships with various city and state agencies and nonprofit organizations.

  • Stewardship Activities for Students, Corporate Volunteers, and the Community
  • Environmental Data Production and Dissemination