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Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) Announced

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Rebecca Hallett as Acting Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) for a one-year term starting May 1, 2017.

Hallett, a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES), will serve in this role while Prof. Beverley Hale is on a one-year administrative leave.

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Meet Kevin, BBRM Student

Kevin Kemmish is a third year student in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management (BBRM) – Environmental Management program. An environmental enthusiast, Kevin enjoys the diverse range of classes offered by the program, from soil science to ecology. Outside of classes, Kevin is also co-president of the University of Guelph Wildlife Club.

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Meet Jeremy, ERM Student

Jeremy Harbinson is a third year student in the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Environment & Resource Management major. Passionate about enriching and supporting the environment, he is particularly interested in forest ecosystems and often finds himself enjoying the oasis of the University of Guelph’s Arboretum during his spare time.

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Much More than Dirt

Soils are integral to the sustainable production of crops for food and feed. Soils provide benefits such as water filtration, nutrient cycling and biodiversity support as well as the physical structure required for plant growth. To protect this valuable resource, researchers in the School of Environmental Science are seeking a deeper understanding of soils and soil ecosystem services and exploring how management practices can be altered to best support soil health. 

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Meet David, ERM Student

From the downtown core to the local campus eatery, David Meeker has embraced everything Guelph has to offer since arriving four years ago. After graduating from the Environment and Resource Management (ERM) program, David hopes to continue working in the environment while pursuing his Professional Geologist of Ontario designation.

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Feeding the Mission to Mars

Over 202,000 people from around the world applied to become “Red Planet Explorers” as part of the Mars One project, which aims to land people on the red planet in 2025. Only twenty-four of these volunteers will be selected, but all are vying for this opportunity of a lifetime. As part of the preparation efforts, University of Guelph researchers are working to make life on Mars easier for these valiant voyageurs.

New Director Named for the School of Environmental Sciences

Prof. Jon Warland has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Sciences (SES).

“It is an honour to have the chance to help SES move forward,” shares Warland. “We are surrounded by transition, and this is an exciting time to work with the school, and the rest of the college, to continue our reputation for excellence.  Many opportunities are before us, and it is a pleasure to engage with all of the amazing work going on throughout SES.”

New Research Chair in Sustainable Pest Management

The Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) and School of Environmental Sciences are pleased to announce the creation and appointment of a new research chair in sustainable pest management. Prof. Cynthia Scott-Dupree has been appointed as the Bayer CropScience Chair in Sustainable Pest Management.

Environmental Sciences Welcomes New Prof

The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) is pleased to announce Dr. James Longstaffe has been appointed to a tenure track position effective June 15, 2015. He will join the School as an assistant professor.

CREATE-ing Environmental Leaders

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin makes up one-fifth of the world’s freshwater and some of the most productive agricultural land in North America. It is also home to over 35 million people, or roughly 10 per cent of the population of North America, and with such a concentrated human presence comes environmental impact.

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