Students will conduct land reclamation research on lands managed by industrial partners in Canada, Germany and other collaborating countries. The research and training environment will encompass the full realm of environmental and ecological sciences relevant to land reclamation, be embedded in a domestic and international economic and policy context, and involve the participation of academics and industry and government partners.


LRIGS has the following training objectives:

  • To provide collaborative, multidisciplinary, team oriented training in land reclamation science.
  • To enhance knowledge of structure and process in ecosystem development after disturbances at different spatial and temporal scales, to elucidate how interactions trigger dynamic ecosystem and landscape change after disturbance, and to determine how these disturbances can be manipulated towards a desired and reliable trajectory for land use via reclamation practices.
  • To incorporate science, cost effectiveness, economic values, social objectives and cultural values into development of reclamation strategies.
  • To train highly qualified personnel prepared for national and international careers; in oil sands, mining and other natural resource development industries; in associated government departments responsible for land reclamation policy, regulation and enforcement; and in academia.


The LRIGS program and curriculum includes the following.

  • Academic courses related directly to land reclamation sciences.
  • Professional skills development to foster essential professional and communication skills.
  • Professional interaction within collaborating institutions and companies.
  • Participation in an annual workshop with short courses.
  • Participation in an annual lecture series.
  • Attendance at an annual ten day international exchange.
  • Attendance and presentation of research results at scientific and professional meetings.


Students and fellows successfully completing the LRIGS program will be awarded certificates signed by the University of Alberta's Vice-President (Research) and the LRIGS Director.


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