From Problems to Solutions

Environmental challenges can seem overwhelming. We’re constantly bombarded with news and information about air and water pollution, climate change, habitat and species loss, food shortages and other problems that threaten humanity. In the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS), we understand the seriousness of these challenges – but we are focused on solutions that will allow us to navigate towards a sustainable future.

  1. Oct. 1, 2019SERS PhD students receive UW Gender Equity Research Grants

    Congratulations to SERS PhD students Madu Galappaththi and Lauren Smith on receiving UW Gender Equity Research Grants.

    Thanks to the support provided through the University of Waterloo Gender Equity Research Grants Initiative, two SERS PhD students are leading research initiatives on gender and environment issues.

  2. May 30, 2019Congratulations to Claire Kemp on receiving the first SERS Good Citizen Award
    Clair Kemp

    Throughout her undergrad, Claire Kemp has been an active member of the SERS, Faculty of Environment, and local communities. Driven by her passion for the natural world and science communication, she has taken on several diverse volunteer positions.

  3. Mar. 20, 2019SERS Senior Honours Poster Fair - TODAY!
    SERS Senior Honours Poster Fair

    Everyone’s invited to the ERS 403 Poster Fair in the SERS hallways, today, Wednesday, March 20.

    The event will run from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm as senior SERS students showcase their research from this past year.

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  1. Nov. 5, 2019“You Break It, We Fix It”
    Forest and Waterfall picture

    Environment and resource problems can seem hopeless at times, especially when governments abandon all pretense of good governance.  Before we stop off at the local fast food joint and order a final “Ennui Meal” with extra bathos, it might be best to stop and think of the solutions rather than just the problems.

  2. Sep. 12, 2019Ducks and development
    Matt Dyson in the forest

    It always starts with unpredictable inclement weather, which generally includes snowstorms and temperatures below -10. But then it happens, the temperature climbs above freezing, the snow melts, and the moment the ice begins to break up on the smallest wetlands, there are ducks on the pond. This is my happy place. It’s spring in Alberta’s boreal forest and everything is literally coming to life. Spring marks the return of birds to the boreal, which is home to millions of breeding birds and charismatic megafauna that call this mosaic of forests and wetlands home. For many people, this is the wilderness and it represents some of the world’s largest expanses of remaining intact forest. However, not only is the boreal rich in wildlife, but also in natural resources and energy.

  3. July 29, 2019“Work hard, stay positive, and get up early. It’s the best part of the day.”*
    Brad Fedy releasing a bird.

    Springtime for those of us that study ecology is typically a busy and exciting time. In the Fedy Lab of Wildlife and Molecular Ecology most of our research focuses on birds. So springtime means ducks are arriving from their southern habitats, song birds are singing, and grouse are displaying and mating. That also means that after months of preparation my students and I are finally back in the field. Our time outside with the animals and systems that fascinate us so much makes all the designing, planning, permitting, purchasing, hiring, and budgeting worth the effort. We have two large, ongoing field-based projects: one in northern Alberta and the other in northeastern Wyoming.

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