The Department of Geography and the Environment supports research in a wide range of sub–disciplines in the areas of environmental science, geography, and the geospatial sciences. Ongoing projects are focused on projects such as: Biogeochemical Cycling in Coastal Wetlands; Biogeochemistry of Rural to Urban Streams; Environmental Security; Environmental Stressors in Marine Ecosystems; Interactive Effects of Carbon, Nitrogen and Fire in Peatlands of Northern Alberta, Canada; Peatlands as Archives of Atmospheric Pollution; River Inputs to Nearshore Coral Reefs in Puerto Rico; Sea-Level Rise and Sediment Supply in Coastal Systems; and Water Quality Impacts of Natural Gas Extraction from the Marcellus Shale. The Department currently has four active research laboratories and a new one will go into operation during the fall of 2016. The department also has newly renovated and well equipped discipline-specific teaching laboratories to support research for faculty and students. Many opportunities exist for undergraduate or graduate students to work closely with an individual faculty mentor. Faculty and students present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed publications.