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Canada Research Chairs


The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program invests $300 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. The Faculty of Science proudly hosts 13 Canada Research Chairs.

Tier I Research Chairs are outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their field. For each Tier 1 Chair, the university receives $200,000 annually for seven years.

Tier II Research Chairs are exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field. For each Tier II Chair, the university receives $100,000 annually for five years.

Tier I Chairs

Chris Beaumont

Canada Research Chair in Geodynamics

Dr. Beaumont studies the evolutionary history of the Earth; the way mountains are formed; the impact of climate on geology; the formation of the Earth's lithosphere. His research furthers knowledge of geologic history and the understanding of how environmental factors influence the earth's system and change climate. Read more about Dr. Beaumont on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

Jeff Dahn

Canada Research Chair in Battery and Fuel Cell Materials

Dr. Dahn develops and employs novel Combinatorial Material Synthesis processes to study and produce new materials for use in chemical power sources, particularly lithium-ion batteries and fuel cell catalysts. His work will yield new materials leading to technological advances which improve quality of life. Read more about Dr. Dahn on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

James Drummond

Canada Research Chair in Remote Sounding of Atmospheres

Dr. Drummond uses satellites and ground-based observations to study the composition of the atmosphere. His research furthers our understanding of our environment and the atmosphere of other planets. Read more about Dr. Drummond on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

Julie Laroche

Canada Research Chair in Marine Microbial Genomics and Biogeochemistry

Dr. Laroche is developing and applying approaches to research how marine microbes and biochemical processes are effected by global change. Her research will lead to improved detection systems to monitor the overall diversity and function of microbial communities in the oceans. Her work will help maintain human and environment health in the face of unprecedented global climate change.

Patrick McGrath

Canada Research Chair in Child Health

Dr. McGrath works to expand the work of Dalhousie University's Pediatric Pain Research Lab in areas including: delivery of care by distance treatment, the use of brain waves for pain measurement and the measurement and control of pain in cognitively impaired children and infants. The work involves two main research themes: the efficient and effective delivery of services to treat pain and other problems and the development of better measures of pain. His research will result in more accessible, effective and cost-efficient pain management for children. Read more about Dr. McGrath on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

Keith Thompson

Canada Research Chair in Marine Prediction and Environmental Statistics

Dr. Thompson works to improve the predictive capabilities of models of the marine environment and assess the impact of environmental change. His research will result in better models and methodologies for predicting changes in the marine environment driven by natural variability and human stress. Read more about Dr. Thompson on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

Josef Zwanziger

Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies of Materials

Dr. Zwanziger uses nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the structures of materials. He also develops new materials for a variety of applications including optics and construction. Read more about Dr. Zwanziger on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

Tier II Chairs

Christine Chambers

Canada Research Chair in Pain and Child Health

Dr. Chambers studies pain in children with the goal of improving assessment and treatment approaches. Her research includes the role played by the family in pediatric chronic pain and disability, investigating sleep disturbances among adolescents with chronic pain and measuring pain in children. Read more about Dr. Chambers on her CRC profile page and her personal research website.

Katja Fennel

Canada Research Chair in Marine Prediction

Dr. Fennel is developing models to study and predict changes in coastal marine ecosystems due to natural and human pressures. Her research aims to inform policy and decision makers to help them develop sound strategies with respect to coastal areas. Read more about Dr. Fennel on her CRC profile page and her personal research website.

Kimberley Hall

Canada Research Chair in Ultrafast Science

Dr. Hall uses ultrafast, femtosecond laser techniques to study electron dynamics in semiconductor materials. Her research promotes the development of new high-performance semiconductor technologies using the quantum mechanical spin property of electrons. Read more about Dr. Hall on her CRC profile page and her personal research website.

Heike Lotze

Canada Research Chair in Marine Renewable Resources

Dr. Lotze analyzes historic and recent trends in marine resources and their supporting ecosystems to determine the state of ocean depletion and degradation as well as prospects for recovery and restoration. Her research provides critical input toward resource management and conservation of marine environments and their inhabitants. Read more about Dr. Lotze on her CRC profile page and her personal research website.

Mladen Nedimovic

Canada Research Chair in Geophysics and Petroleum Exploration

Dr. Nedimovic uses sophisticated remote sensing technology to study geological structures and processes many kilometres below the earth's surface. His research will lead to better understanding of certain types of earthquakes, important aspects of climate change and of the geological structures associated with petroleum deposits. Read more about Dr. Nedimovic on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

Helmuth Thomas

Canada Research Chair in Marine Biogeochemistry

Dr. Thomas studies carbon fluxes from land to the ocean in eastern and Arctic Canada as well as northwestern Europe. His research improves understanding of the marine world, especially the coastal carbon cycle (as agreed to in the Kyoto protocol and the Belmont Forum). Read more about Dr. Thomas on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.

Greg Welch

Canada Research Chair in Organic Functional Materials

Dr. Greg Welch focuses on developing organic chemical materials that can be used to create lightweight, flexible components for electronic devices. He is creating an advanced organic materials laboratory in the Department of Chemistry, where his team will make next-generation organics that can effectively and efficiently absorb and emit light, or transport a charge, or complete other processes depending on what sort of device they’re designed for. Read more about Dr. Welch on his CRC profile page and his personal research website.