Started in 2018, the mission of the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute is to advance communication and education of Earth systems science — air, water, land, and life — in Florida, and beyond.
What is Earth systems science? The study of the interactions among air, water, land, and life on Earth, and how these systems are influenced by human activities.
Intrinsically connected, these systems affect one another and result in global change that profoundly impacts the future of our planet. Only by understanding the way the Earth’s systems interact, will we be poised to fully understand the ways human activity affects the natural environment in which we live.
Florida Teacher Discovers 5-million-year-old Horse Tooth during Scientist in Every Florida School Fossil Dig
Rosalyn Rohling, a fifth-grade teacher from Pensacola, discovered a tooth from a horse that went extinct 2 million years ago.
TESI’s Tips for a Planet-Friendly Thanksgiving
Review our tips and tricks for celebrating in a way that's friendly to the environment we all depend on.
How Can Scientists Engage the Public? TESI Director’s New Book Offers Best Practices
“Broader Impacts of Science on Society” provides scientists with a how-to guide for educational and outreach activities.
Science on Tap: Is Florida Trying to Kill Me?
It can sometimes feel like mother nature is out to get us, but is she really? The Florida Museum and the UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute invite you to grab a local brew and learn from scientists about whether hurricanes, sharks and sinkholes are actually here to kill you at our fall “Science on Tap” series. Download the event flyer: Science On Tap: Is Florida Trying to Kill Me?
Science on Tap: Mosquitoes
Science on Tap: Wildfires
Science on Tap: Reptiles
Florida Springs Film Series
Join the Florida Museum and University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute for a deep-dive into Florida’s springs! This special series will include a screening and panel discussion with the film’s director and experts in the field. Take part in an engaging discussion and meet local organizations as you learn more about the importance, health and conservation of our state’s water.
Florida Springs Film Series: Water’s Journey
Florida Springs Film Series: Lost Springs
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Action of the Month: Get Outside!
This Black Friday, #OptOutside and experience the benefits of nature.
Flash Drought Threatens to Dry Up Florida Farms
Flash droughts that affected 16 states between September and October also hit farmers in the Florida panhandle.
Unwelcome Guests: Wildlife Officials Try New Ways to Control Invasive Species
With the Burmese python being well-established in Florida, researchers are hoping their new innovative camera can help control the population.