2021 tables: Institutions - Earth & environmental sciences

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 University of Toronto (U of T), Canada 37.42 42.47 134 9.7%
2 University of Alberta (U of A), Canada 34.99 25.97 79 -28.2%
3 Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Canada 22.10 22.42 80 -1.9%
4 McGill University, Canada 23.39 20.76 97 -14.2%
5 The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada 18.85 19.62 93 0.7%
6 University of Calgary (U of C), Canada 17.01 17.34 47 -1.4%
7 University of Waterloo, Canada 5.92 12.56 31 105.2%
8 Natural Resources Canada, Canada 7.88 11.00 48 35.0%
9 University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Canada 6.64 9.53 59 38.8%
10 Dalhousie University, Canada 13.23 8.87 36 -35.2%
11 Western University (UWO), Canada 7.57 8.55 27 9.3%
12 University of Victoria (UVic), Canada 8.03 8.39 30 1.0%
13 Carleton University, Canada 3.39 6.40 17 82.4%
14 University of Ottawa (uOttawa), Canada 5.70 5.28 16 -10.5%
15 Trent University, Canada 1.83 4.67 9 146.6%
16 Queen's University, Canada 4.52 4.49 13 -3.9%
17 Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Canada 4.29 4.31 20 -2.9%
18 Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada 3.37 3.75 16 7.6%
19 Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada 3.33 3.31 31 -3.8%
20 York University, Canada 2.45 3.24 34 28.0%
21 Laval University (UL), Canada 3.63 3.21 32 -14.5%
22 University of Guelph, Canada 2.55 3.17 20 20.5%
23 University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada 1.11 2.87 6 150.5%
24 University of Montreal (UdeM), Canada 2.65 2.80 27 1.9%
25 National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS), Canada 2.57 2.72 29 2.2%
26 Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Canada 2.10 2.62 12 20.5%
27 University of Regina, Canada 1.97 2.25 8 10.4%
28 Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Canada 1.62 2.10 29 25.6%
29 University of New Brunswick (UNB), Canada 1.95 1.98 9 -1.9%
30 Canadian Light Source Inc., Canada 1.09 1.82 9 61.9%
31 University of Manitoba, Canada 1.32 1.69 14 23.6%
32 Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Canada 1.76 1.63 6 -10.7%
33 Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Canada 1.58 1.57 22 -3.9%
34 University of Sherbrooke (USherbrooke), Canada 1.34 1.49 9 7.4%
35 Concordia University, Canada 1.95 1.23 25 -38.7%
36 Polytechnique Montréal, Canada 5.34 1.23 5 -77.7%
37 McMaster University, Canada 3.41 1.22 6 -65.3%
38 Brandon University (BU), Canada 1.12 1.00 1 -13.3%
39 Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Canada 0.82 0.81 4 -4.4%
40 Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada 0.49 0.81 6 59.0%
41 University of Windsor (UWin), Canada 0.98 0.74 5 -27.1%
42 GHGSat, Inc., Canada 0.28 0.71 2 146.6%
43 Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), Canada 0.83 0.69 2 -19.8%
44 Manitoba Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade (GET), Canada 0.67 1 N/A
44 Centre National en Électrochimie et en Technologie Environnementales Inc. (CNETE), Canada 0.67 2 N/A
45 Health Canada (HC-SC), Canada 2.03 0.55 2 -73.7%
46 Stantec Inc., Canada 0.51 4 N/A
47 National Research Council (NRC), Canada 0.94 0.50 5 -48.1%
48 Quest University Canada, Canada 0.50 1 N/A
48 Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), Canada 0.50 1 N/A
49 Laurentian University, Canada 1.89 0.43 3 -77.8%
50 MacEwan University, Canada 0.17 0.42 2 135.0%
51 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada 0.55 0.38 2 -33.9%
52 G360 Institute for Groundwater Research, Canada 0.45 0.38 1 -19.7%
53 Acadia University, Canada 0.39 0.37 2 -9.5%
54 Mount Allison University, Canada 0.40 0.35 3 -16.4%
55 University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Canada 0.16 0.33 4 103.9%
56 Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST), Canada 0.33 1 N/A
56 Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Canada 0.33 1 N/A
56 Englobe Corporation, Canada 0.33 2 N/A
56 Yukon College, Canada 0.33 2 N/A
57 University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada 0.29 3 N/A
58 British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource, Canada 0.18 0.28 4 49.1%
59 Lakehead University, Canada 1.60 0.28 3 -83.3%
60 Hakai Institute, Canada 1.00 0.28 3 -73.4%
61 Ryerson University, Canada 0.31 0.26 2 -20.6%
62 PQ Corporation, Canada 0.25 1 N/A
62 Primodal Inc., Canada 0.25 1 N/A
62 Toronto Zoo, Canada 0.25 1 N/A
62 Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Canada 0.25 1 N/A
63 Brock University, Canada 0.13 0.23 2 80.8%
64 Arnot Research and Consulting Inc. (ARC), Canada 0.41 0.23 2 -47.3%
65 Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS), Canada 0.17 0.20 1 16.0%
65 Frontier Geosciences Inc., Canada 0.20 1 N/A
66 Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada 0.19 2 N/A
67 Aurora College, Canada 0.18 2 N/A
68 University of Lethbridge, Canada 0.22 0.17 3 -26.1%
69 Armitage Environmental Sciences, Inc. (AES), Canada 0.13 0.17 1 28.9%
69 Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada 0.16 0.17 1 3.6%
69 inCTRL Solutions Inc., Canada 0.17 0.17 1 -3.3%
69 Alberta Geological Survey, Canada 0.70 0.17 1 -77.0%
69 Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 FG & Partners Ltd., Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 Suncor Energy, Inc., Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 Savron Solutions, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 IFP Canada, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 Enlightening Bioscience Research Center, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 Calaber1 Resources, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 Fibics Incorporated, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
69 Yukon Geoglogical Survey, Canada 0.17 1 N/A
70 Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (MWI IUHSSC), Canada 0.15 1 N/A
71 Ministère du Développement Durable, de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques (MDDELCC), Canada 0.13 0.14 1 10.5%
71 Triumph Gold Corporation, Canada 0.14 1 N/A
71 Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM), Canada 0.14 1 N/A
71 Hydromantis Environmental Software Solutions, Inc., Canada 0.14 1 N/A
72 Yukon Department of Environment, Canada 0.14 2 N/A
73 Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP), Canada 0.08 0.13 1 45.0%
73 Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Canada 0.67 0.13 1 -81.9%
73 Klimaat Consulting and Innovation Inc., Canada 0.13 1 N/A
73 Isotope Tracer Technologies Inc. (IT2), Canada 0.13 1 N/A
74 Nova Scotia Department of Energy, Canada 0.12 1 N/A
75 Community of Pond Inlet, Canada 0.06 0.11 1 71.9%
75 Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada 0.10 0.11 1 2.6%
75 ARCTIConnexion, Canada 0.19 0.11 1 -42.7%
75 WSP Global Inc., Canada 0.11 1 N/A
75 Phoenix Geophysics, Canada 0.11 1 N/A
75 Nunavut Arctic College (NAC), Canada 0.11 1 N/A
76 Mount Royal University, Canada 0.11 2 N/A
77 Vancouver Island University (VIU), Canada 0.10 1 N/A
77 Outer Shores Expeditions, Canada 0.10 1 N/A
78 Institut de Recherche Robert-Sauvé en Santé et en Sécurité du Travail (IRSST), Canada 0.09 1 N/A
79 Royal Alberta Museum, Canada 0.03 0.09 2 165.0%
80 Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), Canada 0.08 1 N/A
80 Water Quality Services, Canada 0.08 1 N/A
81 Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Canada 0.03 0.08 1 175.2%
82 Hatfield Consultants, Canada 0.08 1 N/A
83 International Society for Environmental Information Sciences (ISEIS), Canada 0.07 1 N/A
84 Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (MFFP), Canada 0.09 0.07 1 -29.1%
84 Les Kutny Consultant, Canada 0.07 1 N/A
85 Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canada 0.06 1 N/A
85 Sheridan College, Canada 0.06 1 N/A
86 Alder Institute, Canada 0.06 1 N/A
87 Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), Canada 0.06 1 N/A
87 Polar Knowledge Canada, Canada 0.06 1 N/A
87 Halifax Water, Canada 0.06 1 N/A
88 Montreal Cancer Institute (ICM), Canada 0.05 2 N/A
89 Hemmera, Canada 0.05 1 N/A
90 SciTech Environmental Consulting, Canada 0.05 1 N/A
91 Nautilus Environmental Company, Inc., Canada 0.05 1 N/A
92 Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Canada 0.04 1 N/A
93 Complete MT Solutions Inc. (CMTS), Canada 0.25 0.04 1 -85.7%
94 St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Canada 0.56 0.03 1 -94.2%
95 Uisce (Ishka) Consulting International Ltd., Canada 0.03 1 N/A
96 Golder Associates Limited, Canada 0.63 0.03 1 -95.4%
97 Centre for Environmental ​Genomics Applications (CEGA), Canada 0.03 1 N/A
98 Teledyne Optech, Inc., Canada 0.03 1 N/A
99 Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture, Canada 0.03 1 N/A
100 Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Canada 0.25 0.02 3 -90.3%

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.