With both state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure and over 19000 acres of research land holdings, the U of A advances the fundamental sciences, the social innovation, and new technologies that will help preserve and sustain our environment. Research in ecology, plant genetics, wildlife management, climate change research, and biodiversity monitoring is coupled with investigations of the economic, social and cultural issues that arise with land management practices and policies; watershed management; water quality, supply and demand; and the response of small communities to ecological change. Key faculties: Augustana Campus, the Faculty of Agriculture, Environmental, and Life Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Native Studies, and the Faculty of Science. Affiliated Institutes: National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), Edmonton Waste Management Centre for Excellence (EWMCE), Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Program (ABMI), Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Rangeland Research Institute.
There are unique challenges associated with balancing economic and environmental sustainability
in communities dependent on resource development and agriculture, within Alberta and globally. Research on land management policies and approaches to agribusiness production is conducted in the context of technological advances and their social and economic implications.
U of A creates the integrated cross discipline, cross sector knowledge that is needed to balance biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, and wildlife management with natural resource development requires. The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute
provides sound scientific information on biodiversity trends to inform decisions about land management practices. And the Alberta Land Institute
advances our understanding of the economic, legal, and social requirements for policies at the intersection of natural resource development and environmental stewardship.
The Centre for Enhanced Forest Management
conducts collaborative research in the development and testing of innovative forestry practices. This work links genetics, silviculture, protection, growth and yield, and management for enhancing wood production and other values (including watershed, recreation, wildlife, and biodiversity).
Through its Water Initiative
, the University of Alberta will seek research, technology and policy solutions to local, regional and global water quality, supply and demand challenges. We will harness our vast water expertise and capacity across social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering to tackle integrated water challenges in energy, food, health and environmental sectors.