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School of Environmental Sciences – University of Guelph

The School of Environmental Sciences focuses on the integration of the life and physical sciences to address important environmental problems we face today

The School of Environmental Sciences represent a consolidation of internationally recognised expertise in the life and physical sciences that allows faculty to focus on the comprehensive study and analysis of interconnected concepts and processes inherent to the Earth’s near surface layer where complex interactions involving soil, rock, water, air and living organisms regulate natural ecosystems and ultimately determine the quantity and quality of life sustaining resources. The University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences distinguishes itself from other environmental science programs in that it comprises a true integration of the life and physical sciences to address important environmental problems in forest, aquatic and agro-ecosystems.

The Strengths of the School of Environmental Sciences

The SES has particular strengths in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity and Plant and Environmental Health, with particular breadth in the environmental sciences of agricultural systems.  Our faculty have expertise in

  • agricultural meteorology
  • agroforestry
  • apiculture
  • entomology
  • environmental microbiology
  • environmental toxicology
  • geology
  • plant pathology
  • soil science
  • terrestrial ecology

This integrated spectrum, uniquely available in SES, also allows for comprehensive consideration of socio-economic and policy issues that would otherwise not be possible in more traditional environmental science programs.

In addition to our unique research capabilities, the SES is committed to providing learner centred environmental science study for undergraduate and graduate students – one that is second to none in North America.

Professor Peter Kevan

Peter Kevan of the School of Environmental Sciences

Science Specialties

Plant ecology, entomology, community ecology, agriculture, biodiversity

Expertise in apiculture, conservation ecology

Holding experience in applied ecology from the High Arctic to the Tropics,

Awards

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2009 – date)
Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society
Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
Gold medalist of the Entomological Society of Canada (2005)
Alumni Pride Award of the University of Alberta (2003)
Synergy Award of the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada and Conference Board of Canada (2001)

Has also obtained numerous scientific grants from various agencies, including the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada.