Members of the SERS community are involved in cutting edge sustainability research, important policy initiatives and outreach. Check out the 'SERS Stories' below to see some examples of how we are helping to protect, restore, reform and transform the world around us.

When the going gets tough, the tough get writing. Reflections on a pandemic – and mortality – research collaboration.

Nothing could stop the intrepid researchers in the Society, Environment and Emotions Lab! New babies, sleepless nights, a plague, mutant cells, one author’s inability to function in Google docs, multiple time zones, and thousands of kilometers didn’t deter Lauren Smith (SERS, PhD Candidate) from fearlessly leading Sarah Wolfe, Hanna Ross (MES 2017), and Stephanie Shouldice (MES 2015) toward completion of a long overdue SSHRC deliverable.

SERS Stories: Re-imagining Conservation through the Lens of Social Equity

Carved fish outside a store in Haida Gwaii

What is social equity and why is it important in marine conservation?

Recently, I was part of a paper by the Blue Nature Alliance involving co-authors from different countries and different organisations, with diverse knowledge and experiences including academics, practitioners and PhD students like myself. We attempted to put into words how and why equity is central for successful marine conservation research, policy and practice.

SERS Stories: Beth Grant ESAC Conference

Beth Grant

How does climate change make you feel?

After experiencing the mental health impacts of climate change firsthand during her university degree, recent ERS grad Beth Grant decided to pose this question to her peers through her undergraduate thesis project which she recently presented at the Environmental Studies Association of Canada’s annual research conference.

SERS Stories: Hanna Meili SERS Undergrad Student

Hanna Meili

My name is Hanna Meili, I am a first-year student in the Environment, Resources, and Sustainability program (Honours co-op) at the University of Waterloo and I live at St. Paul’s University College. My plan is to complete two minors, one in French and the other in Biology.

SERS Stories: How gratitude for nature can rein in your existential angst about climate change

Water, Rocks and mountain picture

Posted originally on The Conversation - April 7, 2021.

We’re all going to die. This is the repeated warning about climate change in some media: if we don’t change our ways we face an existential threat.

SERS Stories: ENV Student Weekly Challenge

ENV Student Weekly Challenge posted on picture of trees

A self-conducted interview by Ben Muller

Meet Ben Muller, a 4th year student on co-op with SERS for the second time. This story describes the benefit of doing something twice, and how he used his experience as a student to direct his work efforts this term. 

SERS Stories: “Communicating political ecology”:

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ERS 400 Undergraduate students showcase their skills

SERS Stories: Alumni Sara Ganowski

SERS Stories had the chance to catch up with alumna Sara Ganowski. Sara completed a BES in Environment and Resource Studies (Honours Co-op, with a Joint Major in Speech Communication) in 2017 and an MES in Social and Ecological Sustainability in 2019. She now works as a Project Lead on the Smart Cities Team out of Alectra Utilities’ Green Energy & Technology Centre (GRE&T) in Guelph, Ontario.

SERS Stories: A bioenergy dilemma: should we feed it or fuel it?

Grass field research site

As the brunt of climate change begins to be felt globally, efforts are made to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to mitigate climate change. One of the proposed approaches is replacing fossil fuels with renewable and climate-friendly energy sources such as bioenergy (energy from plant biomass).

SERS Stories: Water brings art and science together

4 samples of Rob's photos including water, branches, rocks, leaves

Can art and science be brought together fruitfully in ways that lead to new, deeper and more enduring understanding of complex environmental problems? Can art open new pathways to understanding and caring about the environment?