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BGSCThe School of Earth and Climate Sciences is housed in the Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Center – a beautiful, modern building designed by our faculty for both teaching and research. Additional faculty offices and laboratory facilities are located in the adjacent Sawyer Environmental Research Center. To get here, see these directions and the campus map.

For more information, please contact:
Dianne Perro
School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-2152
Fax: 207-581-2202



From studying the chemistry of a mineral grain too small to be seen with the eye to mapping the sea bottom over vast distances, the School fo Earth and Climate Sciences is equipped to conduct cutting-edge research on planet Earth.  Go here for a complete facilities listing.


The School of Earth and Climate Sciences conducts a balance of teaching, research and service as part of the University of Maine Land Grant and Sea Grant missions.

Our primary goal is to develop better understanding of Earth as a complex and dynamic system, including how humans interact with Earth’s environments, hazards and resources. Read more about the mission of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences.


The University of Maine was founded in 1865 for the purpose of training students in Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.  It graduated its first class in 1872. Since this beginning, subjects in earth science, for example, general geology, soil chemistry and mineralogy, were taught by various professors. Read more about the history of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences.

Affiliated Programs

The School enjoys a long-lived and productive cooperation with the Climate Change Institute, with half our our faculty being jointly appointed in the Institute and several others having cooperating appointments. Below is a list of all affiliated programs.