Programs and Research

A calm day upon the Massawippi River as it flows past our Bishop's campus.
Massawippi River

Bishop's University is uniquely located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where it is flanked with dense forests, active rivers, many lakes and a variety of wetlands.  We have the perfect surroundings for environmentally focused students to gain hands on experiential learning outside the classroom.

Environmental Sciences

Bishop's students embracing the surrounding woodlands.
Woodlands

Environmental science is a highly interdisciplinary field to which a wide range of scientific disciplines contribute: from basic sciences such as physics, chemistry, and mathematics to the earth sciences (geology, atmospheric and climate science, oceanography, glaciology, ...) and the life sciences such as biology, biochemistry, and even medicine.

It is the duty of the environmental scientist to understand and formulate the environmental problems as completely and rigorously as possible, to search for technical avenues of solution, and to provide scientific understanding and technical advice to politicians and national and international organizations.

Explore the Environmental Science courses, faculty and careers.

Within Bishop’s small, liberal arts community comes plenty of interaction with your professors and mentors. Students are able to design their research projects around their fields of study and personal interests.

Environmental Science Physics Stream student Julien Vachon looked at the Relationship between environmental action with regard to one’s environmental knowledge and connectedness with nature.

Find out his results by exploring his abstract "Linking Environmental Knowledge with Connectedness to Nature, Environmental Concern and Behavior".

Interview of Dr. Dale Wood:

Environmental Studies and Geography

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies and Geography, with its major focus on human-environment interaction, is a broad discipline which analyzes the distribution and interrelationships of physical and human phenomena on the earth.

The department's approach to teaching has been the incorporation of as much of a field component as possible into the frameworks of many of our courses.

Proximity to a borough of 5,000 people (Lennoxville) and a Census Metropolitan Area of 130,000 people (Sherbrooke) provides much scope for practical projects. At the same time the glacial features of the surrounding Appalachian region, the history of settlement and resource development, and a significant river and drainage basin, each provide a ready field laboratory for the physical and environmental aspects of the program.

Explore the Environmental Studies and Geography courses, faculty and careers.

The Environmental Studies department offers a wide range of interactive courses and subject material.

The Environmental Impact Assessment class performed and created an assessment of the Quebec Eco Lodge. They provided many sustainable designs for creating a more ecological, economical and hands on experience for visitors of the lodge.

The class project will actually be implemented in the renovations of the Quebec Lodge site! See: Quebec Lodge Project - Recommendations for a Sustainable Future.

Interview of Dr. Darren Bardati:

Future Programs at B.U.

Professor Keith Baxter of the economics department and avid sustainable development supporter is active in constructing a liberal arts Sustainability program.

If you are interested, have questions or would like to show your support feel free to contact Professor Ketih Baxter at keith.baxter@Ubishops.ca.

Courses relating to Sustainable Development

Sustainability spans beyond the Environmental studies and science departments at Bishop's. In order to understand sustainable development one must research the diversity of culture, language, resource management, plants, animals, insects and thought.

Exposure to various areas of study allows a student s to meet new professors and peers while exploring different areas of interest. Take a look at the array of courses relating to sustainability offered at Bishop’s University.

B.E.S.T. (Bishop’s Experiential or Service Term) Projects Fund

The BEST project fund was established to encourage student initiatives with the support of a mentor. This fund provides an opportunity for students to pursue independent projects relating to their field of study while developing leadership skills and unearthing their future career paths.
 
The possibilities for funding are endless! Past student Adam Bond realized a Carbon Park Environmental Impact Assessment in 2011, and gave an interactive presentation of his results.

Take control of your liberal BU education and start exploring how you can achieve your goals, broaden your thinking and become an active global citizen with the help of the BEST fund.

B.E.S.T. Project Fund Website.

MUSCLE

The Multi-scale Climate and Environmental Change Research Group was created in 2009 merging 17 teachers and collaborators from Bishop's University stemming from various fields such as computer sciences, mathematics, sciences and environmental studies and geography.

The goal of this research cluster is to monitor climatic and environmental changes at various spatial and temporal scales (past and present), examine their impacts on organisms and ecosystems, and propose societal and economic adaptations in order to respond to and/or limit the impact of environmental change.

MUSCLE has climate change based research themes from all backgrounds including biogeography, hydrology, mathematical modelling of glaciers and education and public awareness.
 
In 2012 a new laboratory used by MUSCLE researchers opened its doors at Bishop’s University.

Visit the MUSCLE Website for more details about their research, the members and how to get involved.

See the guest lecturers we received at Bishop's in 2012-2013.

Dr. Matthew Peros interviewed on Climate Change, November 2012:

Climate change Canadian research chair

Starting in 2010, the Canadian research chair on climate change uses  geological studies and inquiries to better understand short and long term environmental changes. As we try to define humans’ impact on climate, we must look at the relationships between past and present anthropogenic activities along with natural variabilities. The Climate change Canadian research includes studies on hurricanes and their variability throughout history, as well as ecological changes in the arctic since the last glacial period.

Pacte 2D

As Sustainability has become a more and more important issue in our everyday life, an initiative based at the University of Sherbrooke and funded by the Ministry of Education, to study and promote better practices in sustainability education at the post-secondary level in 7 colleges and universities in the ‘centre du Québec’ region, was established. 2013 saw the second in a series of spring workshops for educators from all disciplines at the collegial and university level to learn from experts and from each other how to more effectively teach Sustainability. Bishop’s University is an active member of this coalition, now known as Pacte 2D, with professor Terry Eyland taking a leading role in this work at Bishop's.

Contact our onsite representative, Professor Terry Eyland (teyland@ubishops.ca) for more information, or visit the Pacte 2D Website.