Our People - Faculty of Environment

Paivi Abernethy's headshot

Areas of Research:

Climate change impacts on health; climate health and resilience; children’s environmental health; Indigenous health; environmental justice; cumulative impacts of resource extraction on health, water & food systems; stakeholder engagement and knowledge co-production, power & trust; ecohealth & health-centred co-governance.

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Jean Andrey photo
519-888-4567 ext. 32884
Location: 
EV1 349

Areas of Research
Weather and society, weather hazards, climate change impacts and adaptations, weather-transport interactions

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Derek Armitage photo
519-888-4567, ext. 35795
Location: 
EV2 2013

Areas of Research
Management and governance of aquatic systems (coastal-marine and freshwater), human dimensions of environmental change, social-ecological systems, resilience

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Peter Berry photo

Areas of Research
Adapting to the health impacts of climate change, climate smart health systems, climate change impacts on health, climate change and health risk communications, and climate change and health vulnerability assessment

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Sarah Burch photo
519-888-4567 ext. 31932
Location: 
EV1 231

Areas of Research
Sustainability transitions, climate change governance, mitigation and adaptation in cities, sustainability entrepreneurship within small businesses, participatory scenario development

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Staff; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Amelia Clarke photo
519-888-4567 ext. 38910
Location: 
EV3 4229

Areas of Research
Community sustainable development strategies; corporate social and environment​al responsibility; campus environmental management; collaborative strategic management; cross-sector partnerships; youth-led social entrepreneurship

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Neil Craik photo
519-888-4567 ext. 36578
Location: 
BSIA 317

Areas of Research
The role of procedural obligations in governance structures addressing transboundary and global commons environmental issues, the intersection of international and domestic environmental policy, climate and geoengineering governance and environmental impact assessment

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Peter Deadman photo
519-888-4567 ext. 33404
Location: 
EV1-323

Areas of Research
Land use change, agent based models, wetland vegetation models, climate change impacts on water resources, enterprise GIS, geodatabase design

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Goretty Dias photo
519-888-4567 ext. 38571
Location: 
EV3 4249

Areas of Research
Life cycle assessment, agriculture and ecosystems, bioenergy and bioeconomy, greenhouse gases, renewable energy systems

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
 Brent Doberstein photo
519-888-4567 ext. 33384
Location: 
EV1 220

Areas of Research
Environmental and resource management in developing countries, hazard mitigation and disaster risk reduction, climate change/hazards connections, institutional capacity building

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Christine Dow in front of snowy mountains
519-888-4567 ext. 33629
Location: 
EV1-234

Areas of Research
Glacial hydrology, ice dynamics, subglacial hydrology modelling, surging glaciers, Antarctic ice shelf stability, geophysical analyses of subglacial systems, in situ data collection from Yukon glaciers

Math and climate change at UWaterloo

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management; Faculty of Math→Applied Mathematics
Michael Drescher photo
519-888-4567 ext. 38795
Location: 
EV3 3213

Areas of Research
Values, motives, and intentions of private land stewardship and its role in biodiversity conservation; socio-economic dynamics as drivers of cascading ecological effects across trophic levels in coupled human-natural systems, climate change effects on the winter ecology of temperate and boreal forests; nature and applications of scientific and non-scientific knowledge in natural resource management and planning; composition, structure and dynamics of forests and grasslands with special interest in disturbance dynamics, succession, alternate stable states, and cross-scale spatial pattern; behaviour and population dynamics of large herbivores in forests and grasslands

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Planning
Claude Duguay photo
519-888-4567 ext. 33610
Location: 
EV1 125

Areas of Research
Arctic hydro-climatology, lake/cryosphere-atmosphere interactions, remote sensing, and numerical modeling

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
 Susan Elliott photo
519-888-4567 ext. 31107
Location: 
EV1-120

Areas of Research
Environment and health, the global environment, urban social geography, and philosophy and method in the social sciences

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
 Blair Feltmate photo
226-339-3506
Location: 
EV3 4273

Areas of Research
Identifying the additive value of sustainable development on an industry-specific basis, establishing a practical, meaningful and cost-effective climate change adaptation program for Canada

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment
 Chris Fletcher photo
519-888-4567 ext. 36855
Location: 
EV1-327

Areas of Research
Climate modelling, dynamics and change, extratropical teleconnections and seasonal-to-decadal climate variability, land-ocean-atmosphere interaction, snow albedo feedback

Math and climate change at UWaterloo

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management; Faculty of Math→Applied Mathematics
Thomas Homer-Dixon photo
226-772-3092
Location: 
BSIA 312

Areas of Research
Complex threats to global security; causes of violent conflict; climate change, energy science, and public policy; sources of societal innovation; modelling of ideological change

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment
Peter Johnson photo
519-888-4567 ext. 33078
Location: 
EV1 236

Areas of Research
​The Geoweb, open data, mobile technology, public participation GIS, community-based geomatics, geospatial technology in planning and government

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Richard Kelly photo
519-888-4567 ext. 35451
Location: 
EV1-320

Areas of Research
Remote sensing, snow hydrology, snow climatology, geospatial modelling of snow, citizen science

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Luna Khirfan photo
519-888-4567 ext. 33906
Location: 
EV3 3257

Areas of Research
Community climate change adaptation, urban design and place making, international development and comparative planning, participatory planning, historic preservation and cultural resource management, museum studies

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Planning
Brendon Larson photo
519-888-4567 ext.48140
Location: 
EV2 2016

Areas of Research
Rethinking the conservation of biodiversity in the context of global change; social dimensions of biodiversity conservation; metaphor, environmental science and society

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Ellsworth LeDrew photo
519-888-4567 ext. 32783

Areas of Research
Climate-cryosphere interactions using Passive Microwave imagery and numerical climate models, and data management, discovery and archiving for Polar Environmental Science.

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Yuri Leonenko photo
519-888-4567 ext. 32160
Location: 
EIT 2048

Areas of Research
Complex multi-phase flows and transport phenomena, large scale geological disposal of CO2 for climate change mitigation (numerical simulations, risk assessments, economics)

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management; Faculty of Science→Earth and Environmental Sciences
Jonathan Li photo
519-888-4567 ext. 34504
Location: 
EV 111

Areas of Research
Multispectral and SAR remote sensing, laser scanning (or LiDAR), object-based image analysis, 3D urban modeling and spatial analysis, terrain analysis in hydrogeography, geomatics solutions to disaster management

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Merrin Macrae photo
519-888-4567 ext. 33064
Location: 
EV1 237

Areas of Research
Biogeochemistry, hydrology, wetland science, agricultural water quality, agricultural tile drainage, nutrients

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Carrie Mitchell photo
519-888-4567 ext.43027
Location: 
EV3 3241

Areas of Research
Climate change and cities, gendered effects of urban services provision, resilience theory and its application in urban planning

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Planning
Juan Moreno-Cruz headshot
519-888-4567 ext. 36578
Location: 
EV3 4257

Areas of Research
Energy systems, technological change, climate policy, solar and carbon geoengineering technologies, energy transitions

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Maren Oelbermann photo
519-888-4567 ext.47552
Location: 
EV2 2008

Areas of Research
Climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration and ecosystem nitrogen dynamics; impact of climate change on plant and soil ecosystems; permaculture, biochar, biomass plantations; restoration of marginal lands; stable isotope techniques, modeling

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Paul Parker photo
519-888-4567 ext. 32791
Location: 
EV3 4259

Areas of Research
Renewable energy policy, sustainability; residential retrofits and carbon migration; green economy and local economic development

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Richard Petrone photo
519-888-4567 ext. 39174
Location: 
EV1 223

Areas of Research
Ecohydrology, hydrometeorology, climatology, micrometeorology, climate change, biogeochemistry, greenhouse gases, reclamation, landuse change, forest hydrology

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Jonathan Price photo
519-888-4567 ext. 35711
Location: 
EV1 122

Areas of Research
Peatland/wetland hydrology; peatland construction and restoration; water and solute flux dynamics; hydrometric, geochemical and remote sensing techniques

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Derek T. Robinson
519-888-4567 ext. 31789
Location: 
EV1-314

Areas of Research
Land-use and land-cover change, land-management and the carbon cycle, land grabs, land policy, agent-based modelling and geographical information systems

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
 Ian Rowlands photo
519-888-4567 ext. 32574
Location: 
EV2 2036

Areas of Research
Managing energy use effectively and sustainably, Ontario residential energy consumption, renewable electricity in Canada and the U.S., solar energy

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Vanessa Schweizer photo
519-888-4567 ext.45106
Location: 
EV1 211

Areas of Research
Cross-disciplinary knowledge integration and the design of scenarios for the human dimensions of large-scale environmental change; long-term decision-making such as forecasting and discontinuities; the influence of occupational, interpersonal, and cultural conflicts on climate change attitudes

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Engineering→Systems Design Engineering; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management, Knowledge Integration, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Dan Scott photo
519-888-4567 x35497
Location: 
EV1 113

Areas of Research
Climate change and tourism/recreation, sustainable tourism, climate change impacts and adaptation, climate change and protected areas management

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Steffanie Scott headshot
519-888-4567 ext. 37012
Location: 
EV1 114

Areas of Research
Agro-food systems sustainability (organic and ecological food production and alternative food networks; urban food systems/urban food security and producer-consumer connections; sustainable diets; small producer participation in food supply chains; local food systems /local food economies; property rights, land policy, and inequalities; rural development, livelihoods, governance, and agrarian transition; campus food systems), environment-development interfaces, sustainable communities, sustainability transitions

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Mark Seasons photo
519-888-4567 ext.45922
Location: 
EV3 3227

Areas of Research
Urban and regional planning, strategic planning, policy and program evaluation, local economic development, public administration

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Planning
Simron headshot
519-888-4567 ext. 33111
Location: 
EV3 4227

Areas of Research
Socio-metabolic research on small islands for improved policy on resource security: What are the aggregate material flow, stock, circularity, and vulnerability dynamics of each island? Where are material stocks (infrastructure) located, and what societal services do they deliver? What are possible strategies to increase resource security and social wellbeing that achieves a high quality of life at a low environmental cost? How can material resources most effectively be used to limit losses and to recover services in the aftermath of climate-change induced disasters?

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Mike Stone photo
519-888-4567 ext. 33067
Location: 
EV1 112

Areas of Research
Land use change and its impact on surface water quality in natural and built environments

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Maria Strack headshot
519-888-4567 ext. 30164
Location: 
EV1 232

Areas of Research
The interactions between ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry and soil properties in wetland ecosystems; peatland greenhouse gas fluxes in both natural and disturbed ecosystem; peatland methane dynamics including both fluxes and subsurface storage.

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Larry Swatuk photo
519-888-4567 ext. 38615
Location: 
EV3 4253

Areas of Research
Political ecology of natural resources governance and management, with a particular focus on water in Africa

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Jason Thistlethwaite photo
519-888-4567 ext. 39102
Location: 
EV3 4267

Areas of Research
Innovative strategies designed to reduce the economic impacts of extreme weather and climate change within the financial sector

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Andrew Trant's headshot
519-888-4567 ext. 40385
Location: 
EV2 2026

Areas of Research
Ecological legacies associated with people occupying sites for millennia; biodiversity as a critical component for understanding how ecosystem function; biogeography.

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability
Wesley Van Wychen
519-888-4567 ext. 33958
Location: 
EV1-230

Areas of Research
Remote sensing (satellite imagery) and field data to observe variability in glaciers and glacier motion; the application of SAR remote sensing datasets to observe ocean processes (currents, sea ice) and monitor human activities (detection of oil spills); data management and long-term data preservation; historical climate data rescue projects.

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
Johanna Wandel photo
519-888-4567 ext. 38669
Location: 
EV1 326

Areas of Research
Adaptation to climate change, community-based vulnerability assessment

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→Geography and Environmental Management
 Olaf Weber photo
519-888-4567 ext. 38065
Location: 
EV3 4233

Areas of Research
Environmental and sustainable finance with a focus on sustainable credit risk management, socially responsible investment, social banking and the link between sustainability and financial performance of enterprises

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Jeffrey Wilson headshot
519-888-4567 ext. 34049
Location: 
EV3 4249

Areas of Research
Economic and sustainability research, natural capital accounting, wellbeing research, indicator development, ecosystem goods and services valuation, and strategy and policy development for sustainability transitions

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development
Clarence Woudsma photo
519-888-4567 ext. 43662
Location: 
EV3 3306

Areas of Research
Climate change policy, emissions forecasting, impacts of climate change adaptations on freight, regulatory policy, urban freight planning, freight and land use (accessibility), transportation demand management and deregulation of transportation provision

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Planning
Steven B. Young photo
519-888-4567 ext. 38419
Location: 
EV3 4243

Areas of Research
Sustainable materials management, life-cycle assessment (LCA) and enterprise carbon management

Group(s): 
IC3 Members; Faculty of Environment→School of Environment, Enterprise and Development