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University of Windsor

ERASMUS Training Program in
Aquatic Ecosystem Health

Lake Huron


ERASMUS graduate and undergraduate students have access to strong multi-disciplinary curricula relevant to the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems. These stressors include chemical contamination, species invasions, climate change, nutrient enrichment and habitat destruction. 

Upon entry, graduate students are required to take a minimum of 9 credit units (MSc students) and 12 credit units (PhD students). The exact number and balance of courses is decided in consultation with the supervisory committee.

68-550. GLIER Multidisciplinary Graduate Seminar
This course is team-taught by core GLIER faculty who organizes seminar modules in their area of research expertise. Modules include external speakers and encompass lectures and discussions utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to environmental research, and its role in developing ecosystem-based management decisions that affect large lakes and their watersheds. Students are expected to participate in discussions, prepare and deliver critiques of seminars, and present a seminar (2 hours per week for 2 semesters; 6.0 credit course).

68-570. Environmental Research Proposal
A course aimed at developing proposal and grant writing skills for the academic environment. Students prepare an original research proposal based on their research topic and defend it publicly. Students engage in grant writing exercises, developing skills typical of those required by major funding agencies. Effective oral presentation skills are also developed (2 hours per week; 3.0 credit course).

68-680. Multiple Stressors and Environmental Modelling
A course aimed at developing an understanding of the nature of interactive, multiple stressors on large watersheds and lakes. Stressors considered include chemical contaminants, nutrient enrichment, species invasions, climate change, population harvesting and land use changes. Students model and gain appreciation for how single and interactive stressors affect large lakes and their watersheds, and how confounding issues can be isolated and explored. Students are expected to prepare and participate in critiques of the published literature, and contribute an original essay that explores these issues (2 hours per week; 3.0 credit course).