2020 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 41.17 37.42 106 -11.9%
2 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 29.65 34.99 88 14.4%
3 McGill University, Canada 21.56 23.39 99 5.1%
4 Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Canada 22.78 22.10 70 -5.9%
5 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 17.13 18.85 83 6.6%
6 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 11.41 17.01 38 44.5%
7 Dalhousie University, Canada 7.69 13.23 38 66.9%
8 University of Victoria (UVic), Canada 8.43 8.03 33 -7.6%
9 Natural Resources Canada, Canada 6.79 7.88 31 12.5%
10 Western University (UWO), Canada 5.30 7.57 22 38.5%
11 University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada 10.60 6.64 45 -39.3%
12 University of Waterloo, Canada 8.63 5.92 28 -33.5%
13 University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada 5.69 5.70 20 -2.8%
14 Polytechnique Montréal, Canada 7.73 5.34 13 -33.1%
15 Queen's University, Canada 2.59 4.52 13 69.2%
16 Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Canada 2.25 4.29 14 84.7%
17 Laval University (UL), Canada 2.89 3.63 30 21.6%
18 McMaster University, Canada 0.58 3.41 11 469.6%
19 Carleton University, Canada 2.69 3.39 19 22.0%
20 Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada 3.04 3.37 16 7.5%
21 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada 1.03 3.33 37 213.7%
22 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 1.48 2.65 24 73.2%
23 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 2.42 2.57 19 3.2%
24 University of Guelph, Canada 2.94 2.55 14 -15.9%
25 York University, Canada 2.15 2.45 29 10.7%
26 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada 7.47 2.10 17 -72.8%
27 Health Canada (HC-SC), Canada 1.03 2.03 8 91.5%
28 University of Regina, Canada 1.75 1.97 8 8.9%
29 University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada 3.58 1.95 11 -47.2%
30 Concordia University, Canada 1.71 1.95 19 10.5%
31 Laurentian University, Canada 4.22 1.89 6 -56.6%
32 Trent University, Canada 1.61 1.83 10 10.3%
33 Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Canada 2.25 1.76 6 -24.2%
34 Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Canada 0.81 1.62 24 94.4%
35 Lakehead University, Canada 2.24 1.60 5 -30.7%
36 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada 1.47 1.58 13 4.1%
37 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 0.91 1.34 12 42.7%
38 University of Manitoba, Canada 5.23 1.32 8 -75.5%
39 Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Canada 1.28 2 N/A
40 Brandon University (BU), Canada 1.12 2 N/A
41 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada 1.31 1.11 6 -17.9%
42 Canadian Light Source Inc., Canada 1.26 1.09 6 -16.4%
43 Hakai Institute, Canada 0.65 1.00 5 48.9%
44 University of Windsor (UWin), Canada 3.57 0.98 5 -73.4%
45 National Research Council (NRC), Canada 1.02 0.94 6 -10.8%
46 Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), Canada 1.10 0.83 4 -26.4%
47 Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Canada 0.46 0.82 3 73.0%
48 Alberta Geological Survey, Canada 2.25 0.70 2 -69.8%
49 Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Canada 0.17 0.67 2 275.3%
50 Athabasca University, Canada 0.94 0.65 6 -32.4%
51 Golder Associates Limited, Canada 0.63 2 N/A
52 St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Canada 0.04 0.56 4 1,137.3%
53 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada 1.53 0.55 7 -65.1%
54 Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), Canada 0.50 1 N/A
54 Tekran Instruments Corp., Canada 0.50 1 N/A
55 Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada 0.63 0.49 5 -24.0%
56 G360 Institute for Groundwater Research, Canada 0.81 0.45 2 -46.0%
57 Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (Canada Wildfire), Canada 0.42 1 N/A
58 Arnot Research and Consulting Inc. (ARC), Canada 0.55 0.41 4 -26.9%
59 Mount Allison University, Canada 0.13 0.40 1 210.2%
59 Ecofish Research Ltd., Canada 0.40 1 N/A
60 Acadia University, Canada 0.01 0.39 2 3,250.9%
61 Gouvernement du Québec, Canada 0.02 0.38 8 1,866.1%
62 University of Winnipeg, Canada 1.24 0.38 3 -70.3%
63 Saint Mary's University (SMU), Canada 0.26 0.34 2 26.7%
64 Ryerson University, Canada 1.20 0.31 2 -74.9%
65 Alberta Aurora Chasers, Canada 0.13 0.30 1 132.6%
66 Manitoba Hydro, Canada 0.02 0.29 7 1,394.7%
67 GHGSat, Inc., Canada 0.28 1 N/A
67 Lorax Environmental Services Ltd., Canada 0.28 1 N/A
68 Montreal Technical Expertise Division, Canada 0.51 0.25 1 -52.6%
68 École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal (HEC Montréal), Canada 0.25 1 N/A
68 ESMIA Consultants Inc., Canada 0.25 1 N/A
68 Complete MT Solutions Inc. (CMTS), Canada 0.25 1 N/A
69 Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada 0.26 0.25 5 -9.0%
70 University of Lethbridge, Canada 1.33 0.22 1 -83.8%
70 Wellington Laboratories Inc., Canada 1.69 0.22 1 -87.2%
70 Feedlot Health Management Services, Ltd., Canada 0.22 1 N/A
71 Parks Canada, Canada 0.02 0.21 2 753.2%
72 École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Canada 0.02 0.20 7 937.6%
73 ARCTIConnexion, Canada 0.19 1 N/A
74 British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource, Canada 0.18 3 N/A
75 MacEwan University, Canada 0.54 0.17 2 -69.2%
76 Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS), Canada 0.81 0.17 1 -80.1%
76 inCTRL Solutions Inc., Canada 0.17 1 N/A
76 GW Solutions Inc., Canada 0.17 1 N/A
76 David Suzuki Foundation, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
76 Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Canada 0.17 1 N/A
76 Environment and Ecocitizenship Service - Laval Territory, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
77 University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Canada 0.16 2 N/A
78 Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada 0.16 2 N/A
79 SiREM, Canada 0.15 1 N/A
80 Aquanty Inc., Canada 0.07 0.15 1 103.5%
81 Water Management Service - Laval Territory, Canada 0.14 1 N/A
81 Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Canada 0.14 1 N/A
81 Lower Trent Conservation, Canada 0.14 1 N/A
81 EPCOR Utilities Inc., Canada 0.14 1 N/A
82 Armitage Environmental Sciences, Inc. (AES), Canada 0.10 0.13 1 21.2%
82 Brock University, Canada 0.25 0.13 1 -51.5%
82 EcoMetrix Inc., Canada 0.13 1 N/A
82 Ministère du Développement Durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques (MDDELCC), Canada 0.13 1 N/A
82 Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources Naturelles, Canada 0.13 1 N/A
83 Bishop's University, Canada 0.02 0.12 3 473.0%
84 Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada 0.37 0.10 2 -72.2%
85 Tithonus Wildlife Research, Canada 0.10 1 N/A
85 Wildlife Infometrics Inc., Canada 0.10 1 N/A
85 British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Canada 0.10 1 N/A
85 Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Canada 0.10 1 N/A
86 Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP), Canada 0.25 0.09 1 -64.8%
87 Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG), Canada 0.02 0.09 6 366.3%
87 Hydro-Québec, Canada 0.02 0.09 6 366.3%
88 Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP), Canada 0.08 1 N/A
89 British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Canada 0.08 2 N/A
89 BC Hydro and Power Authority, Canada 0.08 2 N/A
90 University of Guleph, Canada 0.08 1 N/A
91 Teck Resources Limited, Canada 0.07 1 N/A
91 Airzone One Ltd., Canada 0.07 1 N/A
92 Community of Pond Inlet, Canada 0.06 1 N/A
93 O'Kane Consultants Inc., Canada 0.06 1 N/A
94 International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada 0.15 0.05 2 -68.5%
94 The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), Canada 0.05 2 N/A
95 Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Canada 0.05 0.04 4 -22.7%
95 TÉLUQ University, Canada 0.39 0.04 4 -89.3%
96 Montreal Botanical Garden, Canada 0.02 0.03 2 69.2%
97 Royal Alberta Museum, Canada 0.08 0.03 2 -63.5%
98 Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Canada 0.14 0.03 2 -80.7%
99 Alberta Innovates, Canada 0.02 1 N/A
100 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada 0.03 0.01 8 -77.4%

Footnote

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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.