Creed leads new sustainability strategic plan

Tasked with creating a comprehensive sustainability strategic plan for the University of Saskatchewan (USask), Dr. Irena Creed (PhD) wasted no time in getting started.

SENS specialist seeks food solutions the world needs

For University of Saskatchewan (USask) computational biologist Dave Schneider, plant health ultimately comes down to an issue of food and economic security.

USask President statement on Iran plane crash tragedy

In the aftermath of the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crash, our hearts and thoughts are with the victims and their families, friends and acquaintances during this very...

Year in review: Top USask news from 2019

From groundbreaking research to breaking enrolment records, it’s been another banner year for the University of Saskatchewan (USask).

Executive Director (Interim) of SENS receives prestigious SETAC Fellows Award

The Distinguished Professor is one of 10 Canadian Fellows, 78 globally

USask water expert joins global call to action to protect global groundwater sources

SASKATOON – A group of international scientists and practitioners including University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Jay Famiglietti say we are not doing enough to protect and...

Health threat from blue-green blooms extends beyond single toxin: USask study

As blue-green algae proliferates around the world, a University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher cautions that current municipal drinking water monitoring that focuses on a singl...

SENS Professor Irena Creed awarded honorary doctorate from SLU

Creed was one of seven new honorary doctors honoured at the ceremony that took place on October 5, 2019.

Jay Famiglietti: Inspiring communities

Whether it is at the White House or the United Nations, in the community or in the classroom, Dr. Jay Famiglietti (PhD) is committed to communicating the science of discovery.

Warmer, wetter climate benefits some birds as wetlands vanish

The grasslands of the Canadian Prairies are a hidden gem for bird watchers, with millions of migratory birds passing through the area each year.

USask SENS professor to receive honour of Distinguished Professor

Dr. Maureen Reed reflects on her early work as a feminist scholar at the end of a banner year filled with awards.

Toxic metals found in reproductive organs of critically endangered eels

Mystery of shrinking population may be linked to eels devouring their own skeletons.

ONEC Group joins USask consortium bringing renewable energy to remote communities

SASKATOON – A unique University of Saskatchewan (USask) research program that aims to address policy challenges and socio-economic barriers to renewable energy development in north...

How Canada can solve its emerging water crisis

Canadians can no longer be assured that our waters are abundant, safe and secure. As global temperatures continue to increase, our glaciers melt, permafrost thaws, river flows beco...

USask and World Water Day 2019

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) will highlight World Water Day on Friday, March 22 with two special events, one local and the other international.

USask receives funding to reduce carbon emissions

SASKATOON—The University of Saskatchewan (USask), with the support of federal funding, will work to improve energy efficiency resulting in significant cost savings.

USask hosts planetary health conference

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is bringing the planetary health discussion and a number of expert keynote presenters to Saskatoon this week to examine the delic...

People of the Plan: Uplifting Indigenization

The work of influential individuals like Dr. Marie Battiste (EdD) is helping make the University of Saskatchewan (USask) a national leader in Indigenization.

Climate change a factor in Russian polar bear invasion

Prof. Douglas Clark, a researcher with the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), comments on how climate change and garbage disposal are impacting bear behaviour.

SENS student shares Indigenous perspective on climate change across Europe

Jocelyn Joe-Strack, a PhD student with the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), will soon embark on a 4-week speaking tour of Canadian embassies across Europe.

USask-led Global Water Futures gets U.N. recognition

The USask-led Global Water Futures has been designated as one of only three Regional Hydroclimate Projects (RHP) in the world by the GEWEX (Global Energy and Water Exchanges) proje...

Grizzly bears may take on new territory

SENS professor Douglas Clark discusses evidence that grizzly bears are expanding their range in northern Canada.

Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone

Canada’s future prosperity will depend on effective environmental conservation and sustainable — and profitable — agriculture. Unfortunately, recent comments from former Saskatchew...

USask-led Global Water Futures launches six projects co-led with Indigenous partners

In a unique approach to improving water security through western science and Indigenous knowledge, the University of Saskatchewan-led Global Water Futures (GWF)—the world’s largest...

The global race for groundwater speeds up to feed agriculture’s growing needs

Water is becoming a scarce resource in many parts of the world. Water tables have been falling in many regions for decades, particularly in areas with intensive agriculture. Wells ...

USask study says more snow, earlier melt will challenge Arctic communities in future

University of Saskatchewan researchers with the Global Water Futures (GWF) program have provided the first detailed projections of major water challenges facing Western Arctic comm...

Research grants to USask advance Indigenous agriculture, safe water, reconciliation

Four University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have been awarded more than $160,000 in Connection Grants by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for projects ai...

Autism a blessing for dedicated SENS researcher

University of Saskatchewan (USask) researcher Dr. Lori Bradford (PhD) wants to help update social psychology for water and health-related problems in today’s vastly different world...

USask PhD student studying climate change in the Rockies

University of Saskatchewan (USask) hydrology PhD student Caroline Aubry-Wake has been busy studying the impact of climate change on glaciers in the Canadian Rockies.

Talking SENSe Fall 2018 newsletter

See the highlights from 2018 for the School of Environment and Sustainability in our fall newsletter.

Top 30 under 30: SENS alumni named as national sustainability leaders for 2018

Leah Luciuk and Palash Sanyal, both alumni from the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), were selected for Corporate Knights magazine’s list of top thirty sustainabilit...

SENS Executive Director's holiday message

Irena Creed, the Executive Director of SENS, reflects on this year's successes and her gratitude for the SENS community.

SENSSA: Student representatives find a home in SENS

“I love SENS because it feels more like a big extended family than a school,” said Viktoria Hinz.

EcoHack: Community-inspired innovation

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) recently hosted EcoHack, Saskatchewan’s first environment- and sustainability-focused hackathon.

New leader for USask’s leading-edge food security research program

Renowned plant molecular geneticist Dr. Andrew Sharpe (PhD) will lead the next phase of the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IR...

Government invests in USask nuclear innovation

With $3.6 million in new funding, the Saskatchewan Centre for Cyclotron Sciences (SCCS) at the University of Saskatchewan will renovate and equip its Innovation Wing to conduct lea...

Computer simulations may improve clean energy production

USask researchers' virtual simulations could help companies save time and tens of thousands of dollars for large-scale testing.<br/><br/>

SENS professor is an award-winning mentor

University of Saskatchewan (USask) environmental scientist Dr. Colin Laroque (PhD) stresses hands-on learning in providing his undergraduate students with high-quality, innovative ...

Online course promotes Indigenous wellness

Establishing a safe and welcoming environment plays a significant part in providing health care.

Dr. Peterson's water research legacy

Dr. Hans Gosta Peterson will be remembered for helping at-risk communities to have access to clean water.

Exam study tips: how to stress less and use your study time effectively

As exams and deadlines loom, it’s important to remember that you aren’t on your own.

Emerging threats to freshwater biodiversity

SENS Executive Director Irena Creed has co-authored a paper on new and continuing threats to freshwater ecosystems.

Indigenous youth leader steps up to represent USask students

Just a few years ago, teachers didn’t think much of Rollin Baldhead. He was cycling through schools in Saskatoon and Duck Lake, with little support or encouragement from anyone out...

Grizzly, black and polar bears together for the first time

Although the three bear species don't usually live in the same space, Dr. Douglas Clark (PhD) and his colleagues caught them all on camera in northern Manitoba.

USask and NRCan sign MOU to advance national water security

OTTAWA – At a special ceremony today, the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will str...

Innovative USask software project to boost Canada’s research capacity

SASKATOON — In an era when multidisciplinary research teams work across institutional and geographical boundaries generating vast amounts of live data that’s kept on various device...

First annual EcoHack event begins on campus today

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) is a proud partner and sponsor of EcoHack, Saskatchewan's first environment- and sustainability-focused hackathon.

USask researchers find changing environment bringing bear species together

In an unprecedented finding, University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers have recorded all three species of North American bears occupying overlapping territory in Canada’s suba...

Groundwater in peril: U.S. fresh water supply smaller than originally thought

SASKATOON – The United States (U.S.) fresh groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought due to stresses to critical resources from both the top down and the bottom up, say...

USask researchers awarded $3.4M for projects to mitigate greenhouse gases in agriculture

SASKATOON – University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), and the Global Insti...

SENS leads international renewable energy network

University of Saskatchewan professor Greg Poelzer will lead a new international renewable energy network.

USask and new partner, Valard Group, aim to advance renewable energy in remote communities

SASKATOON – A unique University of Saskatchewan(USask) research program that aims to address policy challenges and socio-economic barriers to renewable energy development in northe...

SENS/GIWS hydrologist earns Distinguished Researcher Award

World-leading field hydrologist Jeff McDonnell received the University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Researcher Award at Fall Convocation on Oct. 27.

SENS alumnus named as a "Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability" in Canada

Palash Sanyal, an alumnus of the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS), was named as one of Corporate Knights magazine’s top 30 sustainability leaders under age 30 in Can...

U of S hosts Indigenous Spend-a-Day

Through interactive sessions, an information fair, and a panel of Indigenous alumni, students recently learned about the program opportunities that have made the University of Sask...

International biosciences leader named interim executive director and CEO for GIFS

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (USask) and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) board of directors are pleased to announce that current board member Stephen Vi...

Putting Indigenization at the heart of strategic planning

In recent years, a growing number of post-secondary institutions from across Canada have been implementing new strategies and initiatives with a goal to Indigenizing their campuses...

U of S professor receives 2018 Distinguished Researcher Award

Jeffrey McDonnell, professor with the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) and associate director of the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS), receives fall 2018 D...

New chair and vice-chair for Global Institute for Food Security board

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) is pleased to announce that two well-known contributors to Saskatchewan’s agriculture sector will become the new chair and vice-...

U of S professor earns U.S. award for undergraduate mentorship

University of Saskatchewan environmental scientist Colin Laroque was recognized today with an international award for his dedication to providing innovative and high-quality resear...

SENS celebrates first Indigenous PhD graduate

Yvonne Vizina is the first Indigenous student to graduate with a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS).

U of S researchers partner with First Nations community to measure climate change

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researchers are working with the Okanese First Nation in southern Saskatchewan on a project to track and adapt to the effects of climate change ...

SENS professor receives national recognition in ecotoxicological science

Professor Karsten Liber, Director of the Toxicology Centre and Distinguished Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability, received a 2018 award for Outstanding Contri...

Hydrology dictates fate of carbon from northern hardwood forests

Prof. Irena Creed, SENS Executive Director, helps to investigate how snowmelt and rainfall impact soil bacteria and carbon exports to the atmosphere.

Gearing up to power the North with renewables

Canada has committed to an electricity system by 2030 that will be 90 per cent carbon non-emitting, a move that requires transitioning to renewable energy such as wind, solar and b...

Uncovering the secret winter life of lakes

SENS student Emily Cavaliere studies a water cleansing process that keeps lakes “alive” in winter.

How a new vaccine could save cattle herds – and livelihoods

For 10,000 years, the bacterium Mycoplasma mycoides has infected goats, cows and other livestock, annihilating entire herds in days.

How to make computers faster and climate friendly

Your smartphone is far more powerful than the NASA computers that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969, but it is also an energy hog. In computing, energy use is ...

Wildfire season: is this the new normal?

Rapid melt of near-record snowfall in the Rocky Mountains in the spring caused serious flooding in parts of B.C. This summer, the drought and high temperatures have led to a very d...

Wheat genome blueprint accelerates innovation

Breakthrough research in creating a comprehensive blueprint of the wheat genome will bring disruptive innovation to wheat breeding, predicts University of Saskatchewan crop scienti...

How Africa can up its game on water management for agriculture

Global agriculture is facing unprecedented challenges. It’s estimated that the world’s population will reach 9.1 billion by 2050 with an ever expanding middle class. Current food p...

U of S researchers uncover insect-resistant genes in wheat

A recent PhD graduate at the University of Saskatchewan is among the first researchers worldwide to apply the groundbreaking sequencing of the bread wheat genome to develop more pe...

SENS hosts the 2018 Arctic Science Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

The School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS) at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to host the 2018 AAAS meeting.

U of S student awarded $150,000 US fellowship to advance canary seed research

Suneru Perera, a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan, is the only Canadian to be awarded a $150,000 US fellowship by a U.S. agricultural research organization to develop ...

U of S crop scientists help crack the wheat genome code

A University of Saskatchewan (U of S)-led research team has played a key role in an international discovery that will have an impact on the food security of millions of people arou...

U of S X-ray technology, wetlands research get NSERC boost

University of Saskatchewan researchers Irena Creed and Tim Kelly have been awarded a total of $1.2 million by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) for two...

U of S researchers discover three new species of poisonous Colombian frogs

University of Saskatchewan researchers José Andrés and Andrés Posso-Terranova have discovered three new species of poisonous dart frogs — tiny and incredibly colourful animals that...

Nature can heal itself after an oil spill, it just needs a little help

Moving oil across the Rockies is dangerous.

SENS alumnus receives prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Ranjan Datta, whose project focuses on working with Indigenous communities to learn how to best mitigate the negative impact that pipeline leaks have on their communities, has ...

SENS professor receives New Researcher Award

Research that helps Northern Indigenous communities has made Timothy Jardine an international leader in applied aquatic ecology—it has also made him the most recent recipient of th...

Forests Form Buffer Against Water Crisis

SENS Executive Director Dr. Irena Creed, alongside more than 50 scientists from 20 countries, contributed to major assessment of forests-water-climate-people link

How to fight desertification and drought at home and away

A growing human population and runaway consumption are putting unsustainable pressures on the natural resources we depend on for survival. Our misuse and abuse of land and water is...

Protecting Our Water by Sharing Diverse Voices

Dr. Graham Strickert will use community-engaged scholarship to help address water security threats in his new SENS faculty position.

How to show consumers the benefits of genetically modified foods

Genetically modified (GM) foods for human consumption have long been a subject of intense public debate, as well as academic research.

SENS Executive Director Shows Support for Pride

A conversation with Dr. Irena Creed about her march in the Pride Parade and support for the LGBTQ+ community

SENS Walks for Reconciliation

“Being a part of National Indigenous Peoples Day is always an honour and gives me great pride about my culture and where I come from.” - Bobbi-Jo Maggrah, SENS Academic Programs Co...

Chief Mistawasis’s Descendant Reflects on Name for Saskatoon’s New Bridge

SENS Indigenous Mentor, Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston, discusses his family’s legacy

U of S researcher Ingrid Pickering named CFI board chair

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher Ingrid Pickering has been appointed chair of the board of directors at the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), an independent org...

Toxic leftovers from Giant Mine found in snowshoe hares

Even though it was closed decades ago, the Giant Mine on the outskirts of Yellowknife has left a long environmental legacy.

SENS professor honoured with New Researcher Award

Dr. Timothy Jardine has distinguished himself as an international leader in the field of applied aquatic ecology.

SENS students receive Mowat Awards

Five students have received Mowat Awards from the School of Environment and Sustainability (SENS).

Class of Spring 2018

Congratulations to the latest scholars to join the SENS alumni community.

#UsaskConvo: Q & A with SENS graduating student Lorelei Ford

While close to 3,700 students are expected to cross the stage at TCU Place to receive their degrees at Spring Convocation from June 4-7, every U of S graduate has their own unique ...

U of S researchers named to Arctic groups

With renewed global interest in Arctic resource extraction opportunities, transportation and tourism, tackling issues such as climate change, sustainable development and social and...

Unprecedented study reveals major shifts and threats to global freshwater supplies

An article in the research journal Nature by the incoming executive director of the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) reveals th...

Ending energy dependence

Providing education and access to services for remote communities is a daunting task. Not all communities have the same opportunities, but the University of Saskatchewan has facult...