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Winter 2008 Graduate Calendar



The Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) is a world-class combination of researchers, graduate programs, facilities and location - on the Canada-US border at the heart of the world’s most economically significant freshwater system.

GLIER research is currently focussed on two interrelated themes that assess the impact of multiple stressors on large lakes and their watersheds. The stressors include metal and organic chemical contamination, species invasions, climate change, harvesting of populations, nutrient enrichment, and habitat destruction. The themes are environmental chemistry and toxicology, and conservation and resource management. GLIER’s 5200 m2, tri-level, dedicated facility on the Detroit River is without parallel in Canada. It includes over 25 extensively equipped laboratories, offices for researchers and post-doctoral and gradaute students, and conference and meeting rooms. GLIER maintains a private boat launch on the Detroit River and has dedicated boats.

GLIER has the distinction of housing the only university-based environmental analytical laboratory in Canada accredited by the Canadian Association of Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) to international standards of performance.

Further details of activities and facilities appear on GLIER’s website at

The Environmental Science graduate programs are offered through GLIER. See Environmental Science.


The Fluid Dynamics Research Institute was founded to foster interdepartmental and inter-Faculty research and postgraduate teaching related to the dynamics of fluids. Members conduct basic and applied research, and are committed to providing a broad training for graduate students in all aspects of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Members are drawn from Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Applied Mathematics. Research ranges from theoretical studies on stability and exact solutions to enhancement of flow measurement techniques to implementation of commercial computer codes and development of new codes for industrial problems. Application areas include civil engineering, environmental engineering, the automotive, defence and petroleum industries, biomechanics and aeronautics. Graduate students affiliated with Institute members in their research projects will register in the member's department and complete the degree requirements of that department.

Further details are available from index.htm.