Research

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences supports a dynamic and active research community. Faculty and students within the department are involved in timely, important research encompassing a broad range of academic disciplines.

Research Areas - Earth Sciences

Name Area of Research Current Research
Lexie Arnott Earth and Integrated Sciences  
James Brenan Experimental Geochemistry

The experimental studies related to the behaviour of trace elements during igneous and hydrothermal processes. For more…

Isabelle Coutand Geochronology Interactions tectonics, climate and erosion; Mountain ranges development; Detrital and in situ thermochronology. For more…
Richard Cox Mineralogy Mineral deposits and Petrology. For more...
Yana Fedortchouk Petrology Origin and evolution of kimberlites, magmas that form deep beneath the continents and transport diamonds to the surface of the Earth, and how these magmas react with the diamonds they carry. For more…
John Gosse Geochronology  Specializes in the application of terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides to solve questions regarding: slip rates of faults in Tibet, USA, and southern central Andes; glacial history of Canada; rates of erosion and exhumation by landslides, streams, and glaciers; geoarcheology; and the influences of climate change on landscape change. For more…
Christopher Greene Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Earth surface processes; GI-Systems, Remote Sensing applications in Environmental Decision-Making; GI-Science. For more...
Djordje Grujic Structural and Tectonics Addresses how the tectonic and surface processes in active collision orogens interact to shape the physical evolution of the lithosphere at all spatial and temporal scales. For more…
Vittorio Maselli Marine Geology The study of continental margins, and aims to understand the processes controlling sediment transport, partitioning, accumulation and remobilization, in a source to sink perspective;decipher the signature of sea level, climate and tectonics from the sedimentary record;investigate the effects of extreme events on margin evolution;quantify the response, and feedback, of modern depositional systems to climate change. For more...
Mladen Nedimović Geophysics Continental rifting and crustal accretion processes at ultra-slow, slow, intermediate and fast-spreading centers, oceanic crustal evolution, subduction zone structure and processes, petroleum exploration at rifted margins, coastal response to climate change and seismic oceanography. For more...
Lawrence Plug Earth Surface Processes Surface processes in cold regions; pattern formation in geomorphic systems; automata and numerical modelling; nonlinear analysis of time-series and patterns; fracture networks. For more...
Anne-Marie Ryan Geoscience Education and Environmental Geochemistry Ongoing project: Environmental geochemistry, in particular, metals in urban soils; metals and radionuclides in waters. (Geoscience) Education Research: visuals in teaching in the Geosciences: creativity and critical thinking; Geoethics; Threshold Concepts; the role of conversations in teaching and learning, particularly working with science faculty and career development. For more...
Owen Sherwood Stable Isotope Biogeochemistry Examine the underlying mechanisms by which the carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of amino acids are preserved during export and burial of marine organic matter in the sedimentary record; develop a new geochemical proxy for ice algal productivity using the carbon isotopic composition of amino acids preserved in sediments. For more...
Shannon Sterling Hydrology Spatial patterns of the global water cycle; effects of human activity on the water cycle and aquatic ecosystems, at the global, regional, and catchment scales; land atmosphere interactions; terrestrial acidification; catchment liming. For more...
Grant Wach Petroleum Geoscience and Stratigraphy Petroleum Geoscience; Basin and Field Analysis and Stratigraphy; Outcrop Analogs, Core Studies, Geologic and Reservoir Modelling; Reservoir Characterization and Provenance Studies. For more...
Michael Young Structural and Geologic Mapping  
Miao Zhang Seismology Develop novel methods for seismic detection, location, and characterization; classify quakes near Canada’s coasts; image seismic structure offshore Canada using OBS data;assess seismic and tsunami hazard risk. For more...

 

Research Areas - Environmental Science

Name Area of Research Current Research  
Heather Cray Restoration Ecology and Ecosystem Dynamics  
Susan Gass Biodiversity Science and Education Biology, ecology and conservation of cold-water corals. Impacts from fishing and offshore oil and gas on coral ecosystems; using corals as tracers of marine pollution; Conservation planning for cold-water corals; biodiversity conservation; biodiversity on campus and in urban environments; biodiversity in the public domain. For more...
Amy Mui Spatial Ecology and Conservation GIS

Ecological modelling of animal movement and population viability; use of active and passive remote sensing data for characterizing habitat; connectivity potential across disturbed landscapes;mapping corridors at mutiple spatio-temporal dimensions; identification of remote sensing-based biodiversity indicators

Innovations in active learning and student engagement; efficacy of active learning environments for enhancing the student experience; group-based learning and engagement techniques; use of classroom response systems for supporting student learning goals. For more...

Daniel Rainham Environmental Epidemiology Spatial Analysis and Statistics; Geocoding; Custom Maps, Atlases and Data Visualization; Data Integration and Processing. For more...
Tarah Wright Environmental Problem Solving and Action Research Sustainability in Higher Education (SHE); Environmental education (EE) and nature exposure; the role that The Arts (as a form of informal education) can play in the creation of a sustainable future. For more...