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Welcome To The School of Environmental Studies

The Earth's environment is under stress, and the search for solutions is anything but simple: It requires an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and education. Our program emphasizes the diverse contributions of technology, the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences to understanding and solving environmental problems.

  • studying oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    Colleen Greer wears protective gear while studying an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Mackenzie Waller studies the occurrence of nuisance algal blooms (cyanobacteria) in Lake St. Francis through the study of watershed and limnological features

    Mackenzie Waller studies the occurrence of nuisance algal blooms in Lake St. Francis

  • aquatic sampling

    Students taking water samples in Lake Ontario

  • ENSC 801 field trip

    ENSC 801 students wear safety gear while on a field trip.

  • Andrea Kolbe with a group of test subjects

     Andrea Kolbe with members of a South African community

  • Mike McHugh on his bike

    MES student Mike McHugh rode his bike across Canada studying bike-friendly cities.

  • road sign showing cars and bikes sharing the road

    Road sign from a city where bikes and cars share the road

  • Peter Ralevic sitting with people in India

    MES student Peter Ralevic doing International Work in India

  • picture of two students in a sailbot

    Claire Kryczka and Jad Robitaille enjoy a day sailing on Collin's Bay

  • students using trash to make art

    MES students create EcoArt from trash

  • Environmental students plant trees in Victoria Park

    Environmental Studies students plant trees in Victoria Park

What We Offer

  • Interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate training
  • Integrative courses addressing the scientific, socio-political, philosophical and economic aspects of environmental issues
  • A faculty with a broad range of expertise and teaching experience
  • National and international perspectives
  • A sense of community with chances to get involved - on campus, in the local community, and at the provincial, national, and global level

Departmental Spotlight

Peter Hodson

Peter Hodson is featured in the Queen's Gazette for his participation in the Royal Society of Canada panel report on oil spills based on his seminal work on fish toxicology & aquatic ecosystems.  Read about Peter's contributions here.



The School of Environmental Studies appreciates your support. Donations to the department can be made through the Office of Advancement's secure website.

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ENSC Seminar Series

BioSciences Complex

Seminar Schedule

Note: Nov 12 seminar postponed to a later date