GIER Newsletter April 2022

Small Grants Awardees 2022

As part of Earth Day 2022 GIER will be funding six interdisciplinary research projects that tackle human-environmental crises, investing $90,000 from our Small Grants Program to U of G projects that will further environmental research.

"Every year it is inspiring to discover and support the imaginative ways in which GIER researchers across our colleges aspire to conserve our environment and improve life for humans and other species" said Dr. Madhur Anand, inaugural director of GIER. "These new projects as with the work of so many GIER researchers highlight the spirit of International Mother Earth Day.”

Check out the official University of Guelph Announcement for more details on the projects funded.

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New GIER Partnerships


We are proud to partner on several recent events with the Arboretum, including a Research Studio with examples of environmental research in the sciences, humanities and arts, and social sciences. GIER will support interdisciplinary research on conservation and restoration during the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), working alongside the Arboretum and our diverse community of GIER Affiliates.

GIER will support interdisciplinary research on conservation and restoration during the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), working alongside the Arboretum and our diverse community of GIER Affiliates.

We will also continue to support seminars and other events on campus to highlight research on conservation and restoration.

Have an idea for a webinar or event to do with environmental conservation and restoration? Contact us at: 


GIER is also announcing a new partnership with the rare Charitable Research Reserve, a community-based urban land trust and environmental institute that protects highly sensitive lands and seeks to make the world a more sustainable place.

GIER will work with rare to deliver a Young Environmental Science Writers Workshop this summer (more information below). GIER will also partner with rare on a series of "Conversations for Conservation" lectures, intentional discussions to explore interdisciplinary ecosystem conservation and restoration.


Stay tuned for more details about these and other opportunities.


GIER is pleased to lead a partnership with The Bookshelf and the Eden Mills Writer's Festival on Environment Bound, an initiative to bring esteemed and exciting authors to the University of Guelph community whose books deal with any aspect of the environment. Other partners include the Department of Integrative Biology, the College of Arts, the School of Environmental Sciences, the Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics, and the Arboretum.

Want to partner? Have a book or author suggestion? Contact us at to help us make connections or to host one of these events.



Young Environmental Science Writers Workshop

GIER is excited to announce  our upcoming Young Environmental Science Writers Workshop, which we are hosting at the University of Guelph and the rare Charitable Research Reserve for the first time this summer. With new funding from Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), GIER will be leading this one-of-a-kind transdisciplinary workshop for high school students, July 18th-22nd, 2022.

Attendees will learn from environmental scientists, Indigenous knowledge keepers, and creative writers who will guide them in new and interdisciplinary ways of articulating environmental issues and connecting with their surroundings.

We want to make sure as many students as possible learn about this opportunity! Please spread the word and contact us at if you have new ideas on how to connect with students.


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GIER's Annual Symposium - Edge Effects

GIER is planning our second Annual Symposium for June 3rd! This will be a celebration of environmental research across the disciplines. 


Stay tuned for more details!


Want to help us organize and deliver this symposium? Contact us at 


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