School of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

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Welcome to The School of Environmental Studies


  • Two people float in the water, wearing diving outfits.

    Dr. Diane Orihel collects samples for her aquatic ecotoxicology research.

  • A student, wearing reflective gear, poses with a dog on a highway.

    MES student, Renee D’Souza, working with a conservation officer and specially trained canines to prevent the spread of invasive species.

  • A photo of a hut in South Africa.

    Dr. Allison Goebel researches urbanization, housing and health in South Africa.

  • A person sitting in a boat on a foggy lake.

    A member of Dr. Diane Orihel’s research team conducts aquatic ecotoxicology research.

Our environment is under stress and the search for solutions is anything but simple: it requires an interdisciplinary approach to education and collaborative problem-solving. The School of Environmental Studies offers academic programs and scholarly research emphasizing the diverse contributions of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to understanding and addressing environmental problems. We also engage with government, industry and community stakeholders to pursue meaningful environmental research and sustainable practices.

What We Offer

  • Interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate training emphasizing environmental sustainability
  • Award-winning undergraduate courses highlighting inquiry-based and service learning
  • Active graduate students conducting original environmental research supported by major scholarships
  • Distinguished and internationally-recognized faculty focused on environmental chemistry and toxicology; ecosystem and human health; and environment and society
  • Engaged community of faculty, staff and students seeking to educate, challenge and lead the charge of achieving environmental sustainability locally and globally.





English: Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.
Kanien'keha (Mohawk): Ne Queen’s University e’tho nońwe nikanónhsote tsi nońwe ne Haudenasaunee tánon Anishinaabek tehatihsnónhsahere ne óhontsa.
Anishinaabemowin: Gimaakwe Gchi-gkinoomaagegamig atemagad Naadowe miinwaa Anishinaabe aking.

For more information on the history of this land, and why it is important to acknowledge this land and its people, please see the Queen's Encyclopedia page.