A world-class centre for environment, Earth and ecosystems teaching, research and knowledge exchange
Welcome to the Open University's School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences (EEES). We are an inclusive, diverse and friendly community of Open University staff and students that is fascinated by the natural world around us.
Our vision is to investigate past and present environments, creating positive actions in response to the climate emergency.
Our mission is to use our world-leading teaching, research and knowledge to address issues of social and environmental justice. Our aim is to empower scientific citizens, better equipping them to engage with local to global environmental issues.
Professor Richard Holliman: Welcome to the School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, what we like to call “EEES”. My name is Professor Richard Holliman and I'm the Head of School.
I lead a team of internationally recognised academics and a highly productive group of postgraduate researchers, who are fascinated by the natural world around us. We're based here at Walton Hall, where we’re supported by an amazing group of professionals.
Our research looks at the whole Earth system but also at the specifics - in terms of geological and ecological processes. In fact, I'm sitting here right now, in front of one of our live experiments, where we are studying bee orchids. And behind me is our Tweeting Tree. We share this knowledge through our modules and qualifications, our public engagement activities, and through our freely available online materials.
Please do explore our website for more information about the impactful work that we do. We really look forward to welcoming you into our EEES family.
We offer undergraduate modules and qualifications in Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Geography and Environmental Science, as well as a taught Masters programme.
We also offer exciting opportunities to communicate and engage with us, through citizen science initiatives, free courses on OpenLearn, and co-productions with the BBC.
We are keen to work with you, e.g. through consultancy work and access to our laboratory facilities, as a means of building partnerships and exchanging knowledge to create positive actions for a sustainable future.
Please contact the school if you’re interested in working with us.
New research has found that strategically placed artificial reefs in the sea could be used to stimulate population recovery in a keystone species. This could help to restore coral reefs in the Caribbean.