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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

The Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) is multidisciplinary with faculty and collaborators from many disciplines, including biology, geology, chemistry, engineering, marine biology, molecular biology, genetics and ecology.  

Researchers at GLIER 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. 

GLIER's multidisciplinary focus on research and graduate training has faculty and graduate students conducting research both locally within the Great Lakes Basin and around the world.  

The institute has extensively equipped laboratories, core facilities, and dedicated research vessels.

GLIER researchers hold NSERC Canada Research Chairs in Great Lakes Research, Trophic Ecology, and Environmental Genomics, as well as a Department of Fisheries and Oceans Research Chair in Invasion Biology.

The Scientific Director of the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network (CAISN) is a faculty member at GLIER.