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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


GLIER is a tri-level facility on the Detroit River housing 19 extensively equipped laboratories, offices for researchers, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, as well as conference and meeting rooms. GLIER maintains a private boat launch on the Detroit River and has a dedicated research vessel and boats.

GLIER infrastructure, funded by the CFI Innovation Fund award, builds on existing capabilities to make us a leading centre for freshwater aquatic research in North America. This infrastructure promotes collaborations and innovative multidisciplinary research.

GLIER has the distinction of housing one of the few university-based environmental analytical laboratories in Canada accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) to international standards of performance.  The following methods are accredited by CALA to the standards of ISO/IEC 17025:

Tissue (Inorganic)
Mercury - Biological Tissues
DMA - Direct Mercury Analyzer

Tissue (Organic)
Chlorobenzenes (CB)/Organochlorine Pesticides (OCP)/Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) - Biological Tissue GC/MS

Tissue (Organic)
Organochlorine Pesticides (OCP)/Polychorinated Biphenyls (PCB) -
Biological Tissues- GC/uECD