Environmental Impacts and Solutions.
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources.

Image courtesy the Blue Marble (Earth Observatory)

These are the key themes of the Environmental and Resource Studies/Science (ERS) Program at Trent University. To address them, people require skills, knowledge of management options, and experience applying them. You will get all these in our Program. Across many environmental issues- water pollution, climate change, revegetation of industrial sites, environmental law and policy, modelling health effects of toxins, community-level natural resource stewardship, renewable energy alternatives - the ERS Program and affiliated departments offer superb expertise and hands-on experience. We will prepare you for your environmental career.

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The ERS Program offers several degree options, including:

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ERS Program Origins

When the Environmental and Resource Studies/Science (ERS) Program originated at Trent University in 1974 it was one of the first Canadian university environmental programs. The ERS Program was born from a realization that complex environmental problems could not be studied and solved effectively within conventional academic departments. Instead, an interdisciplinary approach was needed.

The university as a whole supported the creation of the ERS Program, and has continued to showcase that support through investment in state-of-the-art analytical facilities, top expertise for teaching and research, the cultivation of sound working relationships with communities, the Ministry of Natural Resources and other governmental agencies, and through its stewardship of the magnificent natural assets of its beautiful 1400 acre campus and nearby 260 acre James McLean Oliver Ecological Centre.

Read more about the ERS Program's history.

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A selection of images for your device that showcase:

  • the natural beauty of Trent University Peterborough campus
  • the unique architecture of Trent buildings, and
  • some typical activities in ERS Program classes.


ERS Program
News & Calendar

Dr. Rutherford at American Studies Association annual meeting

October 8-11, 2015

Dr. Stephanie Rutherford will present a paper on Farley Mowat at the American Studies Association annual meeting in Toronto.

Registration for 2015-16 courses continues...

Visit our Courses and Degrees pages for information about ERS courses and registration.  Last day students can change FA courses is Sept. 24th.

ERS Program Office Move & new FAX Number

The ERS Program office has moved to ESC C205 (run by Mary O'Grady), sharing the office with the Geography Department and School of the Environment.  We also have a new FAX number: 705-748-1205.

Welcome to Mary O'Grady, ERS's new Administrative Assistant

July 22, 2015

A big welcome to Mary O'Grady, who is taking over as the Administrative Assistant for the ERS Program, the Geography Department, and the new School of the Environment.  Mary will work in the ESC B202 office (the ERS Program office).

Dr. Bocking at Ecological Society of America annual conference

August 10, 2015

Dr. Stephen Bocking presented a paper at the Ecological Society of America annual conference in Baltimore.

Dr. Metcalfe Interviewed on CBC about Canada's Drinking Water

June 17, 2015

Dr. Chris Metcalfe offered his expertise as part of a CBC The National story on Canada's Drinking Water, which found that not all cities in Canada test for all contaminants.

Dr. Havas at Conference

June 9, 2015

Dr. Magda Havas spoke at the Ontario SPCA Edcuation Conference, on ground current effects on livestock.

Dr. Bocking at Environmental Studies Assoc. Canada Conf.

June 2-4, 2015

Dr. Stephen Bocking spoke at the Annual Conference of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada.

Dr. Bocking at Canadian College & University Environmental Network

May 21-2, 2015

Dr. Stephen Bocking chaired a strategic planning retreat of the Canadian College and University Environmental Network in Winnipeg.

Dr. Holdsworth at Critical Topography Conference

May 20-22, 2015

Dr. David Holdsworth spoke on Landscape in Motion: Ecology, Climate, Carbon at the International Conference on Critical Topography, held at Trent and Ryerson Universities.

Dr. Hill at Teach and Tech Ideas Day

May 20, 2015

Dr. Stephen Hill spoke on collaborative learning at the Trent University Teach and Tech Ideas Day.


Below: a panorama of Trent showing the Otonabee River, the footbridge over the river, and the west bank (including the Environmental Sciences Centre). Click on the image to see a larger version.

Last updated: Thursday, September 17, 2015 10:11

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