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Future Students

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Environmental & Life Sciences M.Sc.

Student in a lab coat with goggles on looking at a testtube in a science labThe Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program (EnLS) is an interdisciplinary program offering both masters and doctoral degrees.  Students are supervised by faculty members from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Resource Sciences, Forensic Sciences, Geography, and Psychology, as well as by scientists at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Health Canada, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations.  There are typically 160-190 students enrolled and the program annually accepts an average of 50 students out of approximately 300 applications.

Fields of study of EnLS faculty include cell biology and genetics; ecology and conservation biology; ecosystem biogeochemistry; physical geography; stress physiology; and trace contaminant toxicology and chemistry. 

Degree Type

  • M.Sc.

Program Director

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Dr. James Schaefer

B.Sc. McGill, M.Sc. Manitoba, Ph.D. Saskatchewan
Areas of Expertise:
  • Behaviour demography and conservation of large northern mammals, issues of spatial and temporal scaling in ecology, woodland caribou