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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) addresses complex environmental problems that cross conventional disciplinary boundaries such as the effects of multiple environmental stressors on large lakes and their watersheds. Under the Interim Directorship of Dr.Trevor Pitcher, nine faculty members at GLIER work together with the Auxiliary Academic Staff, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Graduate Students and Staff to conduct exciting interdisciplinary research programs.

GLIER's ten researchers have received over $17 million in funding in recent years, 5 Canada Research Chairs, 4 Premier’s Research Excellence Awards, a Department of Fisheries and Oceans Invasive Species Research Chair and a Fellow in the Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada.

GLIER researchers have been featured in CNN, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Maclean’s, Globe and Mail, National Post, Discovery Channel, and CBC television and radio.