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. In order to address them, people require skills, knowledge of management options, and experience applying them. You will get all these in our Program. Whether the issue is water pollution, climate change, revegetation of industrial sites, environmental law and policy, modelling health effects of toxins, the challenge of global forces, community-level natural resource stewardship, or renewable energy alternatives, the ERS Program and affiliated departments offer superb expertise and hands-on experience. We will prepare you for your environmental career. Visit the Trent University Career Centre's page 'What I can do with my Trent degree' and choose the Environmental and Resource Studies document to find out what you can do with your ERS Program degree.


The Environmental and Resource Studies Program offers several degree options, including a B.Sc., a B.A., and the recently developed Bachelor of Environmental Science/Studies, which bridges science and studies. We are pleased to announce that the ERS Program's B.Sc. degree is the first university environmental science program to be accredited by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC) and Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada. This accreditation demonstrates to students, parents, educators and industry that the ERS Program's B.Sc. Degree meets a national standard of quality.

Not sure what different kinds of environmental work are available? View descriptions of different environmental occupational profiles on ECO Canada's web site. You can search their database by environmental interest, sort alphabetically, use an interest-matching tool to see what fits your interests, and view role models in various career choices.


The Environmental and Resource Studies (ERS)
Program and Trent University

When the Environmental and Resource Studies/Science (ERS) Program was started at Trent University in 1974 it was one of the first environmental programs at a Canadian university. 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 ecological centre.

Read more about the ERS Program's history.

Learn About Our First Year Courses

Our first year courses explores some foundation knowledge, as well as many different environmental problems and solutions, as it prepares our students for upper year courses. View our video on YouTube to get a student's perspective on the first year course, as well as the perspective of the course coordinator.

Learn more about our first year courses.

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ERS Program News & Calendar

Dr. Havas at Conference

June 9, 2015

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

Summer Field Course

Starting May 22, 2015; Payment due May 8.

The course Community-Engaged Lacustrine Shoreline Assessment and Monitoring (ERSC 3220H) will be offered May 22-31.  This year enrolled students may write a test for certification as a shoreline assessor at the end of the course.  See this posting for more information.

Dr. Hill at Teach and Tech Ideas Day

May 20, 2015

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

ONSEP Workshop

April 27-29, 2015

The Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy, chaired by Dr. Stephen Hill, held its 2015 Workshop at the end of April.

Dr. Bocking at Conference

April 24, 2015

Dr. Stephen Bocking gave a paper at the Science, Technology, and the Modern In Canada Conference at York University.

Dr. Holdsworth at Conference

April 24, 2015

Dr. David Holdsworth spoke at the Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom International Conference, held in Greece.

Dr. Rutherford Speaks at AAG Annual Meeting

April 23, 2015

Dr. Stephanie Rutherford delivered a paper and spoke as part of a panel on animal geographies at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Yavno wins Arnold Berliner Award

April 2015

Dr. Stan Yavno, former ERS TA and graduate student of Dr. Michael Fox, has won the Arnold Berline Award for 2015.

Dr. Hill at Symposium

March 30, 2015

Dr. Stephen Hill spoke at the Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, held in Ireland.

Climate Change Impacts in Peterborough and the Kawarthas Region

March 25, 2015

This event was hosted by the Ontario Climate Consortium, Trent University (including Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez), and others.

3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference

March 9, 2015

Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez took part in the third United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Scientific Conference on March 9th, presenting a paper on modelling the causes of land degradation.

Dr. Fox wins Outstanding Mentor Award

March 4, 2015

Dr. Michael Fox won the Outstanding Mentor Award, presented by the Ontario Chapter Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society.


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: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 16:02

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