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Pipetting samples into DNA sequencerEvolution
Researchers monitoring wetland areaBioavailability
Processing samples in organics labTrophic Ecology
Trophic Ecology
Geochemical reactions in small pool seen by green and brown coloursGeochemistry
Invasive Golden Star tunicateInvasion Biology
Invasion Biology
Student sampling water in wetland areaAquatic Ecology
Aquatic Ecology
Bacterium feeding on arsenicBiogeochemistry

Welcome to the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research


Welcome to the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) at the University of Windsor.  GLIER is a multidisciplinary research facility that hosts faculty and collaborators from biology, geology, chemistry, engineering, genetics and ecology.  GLIER researchers hold an NSERC Canada Research Chair in Great Lakes Research, Trophic Ecology and Environmental Genomics and a Chair from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Research in Invasion Biology.


GLIER researchers and graduate students address complex environmental problems that cross conventional disciplinary boundaries such as the effects of multiple environmental stressors on large lakes, their watersheds and marine environments.   This multidisciplinary focus on research and graduate training allows analyses to be conducted within the Great Lakes Basin and around the world, utilizing extensively equipped laboratories, core facilities, and dedicated research vessels.