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

Trent Market Gardens Seeks Manager and Intern

The Trent Market Garden seeks two positions, a Manager (full time seasonal position, May-Sept. 2016) and an Intern (part time seasonal position, May-Sept. 2016). Deadline for applications is May 2.  For details please review the official postings: Manager, and Intern.


Trent School of the Environment seeks professor for limited term appointment

A 9 month limited term appointment is available starting August 1, 2016. Deadline for applications is May 6.  Please review the official posting for all the details.

ERS summer field course on Shoreline Assesment in Haliburton

The summer field course ERSC-3220H (Community-Engaged Lacustrine Shoreline Assessment and Monitoring) will be running in mid-May this year, in Haliburton county.  Registration is now open.  Please read the course ad poster for details.

ERS 1st year half credit offered as web course this summer

This summer the ERS Program is offering one of its required half credits (ERSC 1010H) as a web course. Students may register via MyTrent.

New ERS field course in Barbados running in 2016FA

A new course will be offered next fall, ERSC-IDST 3230H, Environmental Problems and Solutions in Small Island Developing States: A Field Course. Please read the course ad poster for details.

Dr. Hill speaking at CACSL Conference

May 25-27, 2016

Dr. Stephen Hill will be speaking at the Canadian Alliance for Community Service Learning 2016 Conference, to be held in at Mount Royal Uniersity.

Dr. Bocking presenting at Annual Conference on Environment and Sustainability Across the Curriculum

May 11-13, 2016

Dr. Stephen Bocking (co-chair of the Canadian College and University Environmental Network, CCUEN) will participate in this conference, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Dr. Bocking presented at HPS Colloquium series at U of T

March 23, 2016

Dr. Stephen presented on "Arctic Contaminants: Health Risks, Public Concerns, and the History of Recent Science" at the HPS Colloquium series, run by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Furgal spoke at Northern Planning Conference

February 15-18, 2016

Dr. Chris Furgal spoke at the Northern Planning Conference, held in Whitehorse, Yukon.


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: Monday, April 25, 2016 9:47

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