environment is an
issue of paramount concern to Canadians and is one of the University of
research and teaching priorities. At the University of Windsor, we are
developing a world-class facility called the "Pelee Environmental
Research Centre" which will serve as a
site for innovative environmental research programs, collaborative
field studies, novel teaching
initiatives, and community outreach. Our location in Southwestern
Ontario, near Point Pelee National Park, Hillman Marsh Conservation
Area, and Lake Erie, will allow us to conduct critically important
environmental research in some of Canada’s most biodiverse, and most
threatened, ecoregions. Recently, the Municipality of Leamington
donated a 22-acre property to
the university which will form the base site for our research centre.
We are now actively fundraising and recruiting support to develop the
Pelee Environmental Research Centre.
Ontario makes up less than a
quarter of a percent of Canada’s landmass, it contains two of Canada’s
biodiversity hotspots: Carolinian forests and part of the Great Lakes
Ecosystem. The area supports a greater diversity of species than any
other region in Canada, including the only expanse of Carolinian
forests, important bird migration corridors and 40 percent of the
breeding birds in the country, and a rich complement of aquatic life.
Southern Ontario has long been under intense pressures of forestry,
agriculture, and urbanization. Today, more than 90 percent of
Carolinian Canada has been destroyed, and 40 percent of Canada's
species at risk, including orchids, trees, snakes, amphibians, fishes,
and butterflies, can be found here. The Pelee Environmental Research
Centre will draw critically-needed research attention to this area, and
will attract top scientists from Ontario, Canada, and around the world.
The Pelee Environmental Research Centre will be the only
university-based research station in Canada
focused on this nationally important ecoregion.
is a huge catalyst for research, teaching, and community outreach. This
is a really big opportunity for the university, the region, and the
- Dr. Richard
Dean of Science
key component of the Pelee Environmental Research Centre will be the
construction of a world-class analytical facility focusing on
terrestrial and aquatic research. The facility will allow researchers
to study how plants and animals respond to both short-term and
long-term environmental change. The location of the facility will allow
researchers to study plants and animals in their native habitats and
understand how organisms respond to stressors such as climate change,
habitat modification, pollution, and invasive species. Our research
will encompass both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, both short and
long timescales, and will attract researchers not only from University
of Windsor but from other academic institutions throughout Ontario,
Canada, and the world.
|“The research centre will draw the world’s
attention to Windsor's outstanding research and teaching programs, and
to the natural wonders of southern Ontario."
Planning committee co-chair
Pelee Environmental Research Centre will provide many new teaching
opportunities for the University of Windsor. Windsor is a member of the
Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology (OUPFB), and the research
centre will provide opportunities for students throughout Ontario to
take field courses. The research centre will allow the Universities'
outstanding professors to develop new teaching initiatives with local
public schools focusing on the unique flora and fauna of southwestern
Ontario. The research centre will also host open houses and free
lecture series that will provide opportunities for members of the
community to learn more about the environment.
|“Students and teachers will be able to
engage in field studies and investigate the interactions between
organisms and the environment."
Planning committee co-chair
can help the Pelee Environmental Research Centre take flight! We are
engaged in a fundraising campaign to develop an analytical laboratory
for understanding how organisms and ecosystems respond to environmental
change, and to develop infrastructure such as a dormitory, a kitchen,
and a classroom building. Donate to the project by following this
(specify that you wish to support the Pelee Environmental
Research Centre in the "I would like to allocate my donation to" box),
or contact the Faculty of Science outreach coordinator Fedela Falkner
(email@example.com). We are seeking financial donations to help
support the development of an analytical laboratory, a dormitory and
kitchen building, and a classroom building. We are also interested in
donations of property in the area, or permissions to conduct studies on
privately-owned properties in the area.
an article about the development of the Pelee Environmental Research
Centre from University of Windsor's "View" alumni magazine by following
. Watch a powerpoint
presentation about University of Windsor's
Pelee Environmental Research Centre by following this
(3.8MB PDF file).
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