Why LSSU is a great place for environmental science research

All students in our programs have the opportunity to conduct a research project with a faculty research advisor through our senior thesis course sequence. All of our faculty are experienced researchers and active grant writers, who regularly include undergraduate students in their own research projects.

  • Trace Metal Biogeochemistry in the Munuscong River Watershed, MI
  • Economic Impacts of Drought in the Central United States
  • Optimization of Lampricide Application in the St. Marys River, ON
  • The Impact of TCE contaminated groundwater on the Cedar River, MI
  • Effectiveness of Water Treatment Processes for the Removal of Taste and Odor Compounds and Cyanotoxins in source waters
  • Sediment Contamination in the St. Marys River AOC
  • Sources of VOC contamination on Ashmun Creek, MI
  • Development of Thin Film Hydride Generation/ICP-MS analytical methods
  • Impact of Nutrient and Cladophora Populations on Microbial Contamination in Wisconsin Beaches
  • Development of HPLC based methods for determination of Cyanotoxins in natural waters
  • Atmospheric Deposition of Acid Species and Heavy Metals in Sault Ste. Marie, MI
  • Fate of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid in Paradise Lake, MI

Campus is ideally located:

  • St. Mary’s River

    Close to the shores of St. Mary’s river, with three of the five great lakes less than an hour’s drive away

  • Hiawatha National Forest

    Nearly a million acres of unspoiled wilderness, and numerous smaller, inland lakes just to the west

  • Sault Ste. Marie, ON

    Just t the north is a mix of local industry abutting the granite cliffs of the Canadian Shield

Together, these areas offer a wide variety of possible field sites. At many colleges and universities, students have to travel long distances for fieldwork. At LSSU, opportunities for hands-on field experience exist throughout the curriculum.

Environmental students also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the suite of instruments available to them, as well as:

  • Standard field sampling equipment (multi-parameter sondes, professional GPS receivers, ponar dredges, Van Dorn bottles, plankton nets, Hi-Vol samplers, etc.),
  • Fully featured GIS lab for mapping and spatial analysis.