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Daniel Scott.

Daniel Scott

IC3 Executive Director, Professor and University Research Chair

Dr. Daniel Scott is a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, a University Research Chair, as well as the Executive Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.

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Elizabeth Atkinson

IC3 Director of Strategic Partnerships

Elizabeth Atkinson is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. She is currently on secondment from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to help Waterloo develop a proposal for a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) on climate adaptation.

Natalie Heldsinger.

Natalie Heldsinger

IC3 Communications and Research Coordinator

Natalie Heldsinger is the Communications and Research Coordinator with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. She has a background in Communication Studies and French (BA) and Environmental Studies (MES).

Jean Andrey

Jean Andrey

Dean, Faculty of Environment; Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Areas of Research
Weather and society, hazards, climate change impacts and adaptation, transportation planning, road safety

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Derek Armitage

Derek Armitage

Associate Professor, Environment and Resource Studies

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

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Steven Bednarski

Associate Professor, Department of History

Areas of Research
​Medieval history, social history, criminal history, gender history, environmental history

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Joel Blit

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics

Areas of Research
International trade; economics of innovation; multinational corporations; boundaries of the firm; institutions; green patents; carbon pricing systems (tax, cap and trade)

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Sarah Burch

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Angela Carter.

Angela Carter

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Research
Political economy, comparative politics, Canadian public policy, oil and gas, fracking

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Amelia Clarke

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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David Clausi

David Clausi

Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Areas of Research
Computer vision, digital image processing, and pattern recognition

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Neil Craik

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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Simon Dalby

Acting Chair of the Master of International Public Policy program, Balsillie School for International Affairs

Areas of Research
Environmental security, climate change, geopolitics, global security, political economy

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Hans De Sterck

Professor, Applied Mathematics

Areas of Research
​Large-scale scientific computing, multilevel numerical linear algebra methods, numerical methods for PDEs, novel platforms for scientific computing including GPUs and clouds, computational fluid dynamics

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Peter Deadman

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Chris Derksen

Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Areas of Research
The state, variability, and change in the cryosphere, including the role in the climate system

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Goretty Dias

Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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Brent Doberstein

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Michael Drescher

Assistant Professor, School of Planning

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

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Claude Duguay.

Claude Duguay

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Areas of Research
Remote sensing and modeling of northern lakes and permafrost, atmosphere-lake interactions

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Susan J. Elliott

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Elizabeth English

Associate Professor, Waterloo Architecture

Areas of Research
Amphibious architecture, sustainable flood mitigation, climate change adaptation, flood-resilient housing for indigenous populations and vulnerable low-income communities, historic structures and traditional cultures, community resilience and resilience metrics, wind effects on buildings, hurricane damage prevention, adaptive flood risk reduction, disaster management and relief

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Blair Feltmate

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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Chris Fletcher

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Yulia Gel

Adjunct Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Areas of research
Applications of statistics to business and finance, environmental modeling, and epidemiology; time series analysis, spatio-temporal processes, nonparametrics, bootstrap and resampling, regularization for weakly dependent data, high-dimensional inference, statistical inference for random graphs and networks

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Roland I. Hall

Professor, Department of Biology

Areas of Research
Aquatic ecology, paleolimnology and multivariate statistics to assess effects of multiple stressors (nutrients, acidification, climate change, river regulation, species invasions) on lakes, wetlands and reservoirs

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Daniel Henstra

Associate Professor, Political Science

Areas of Research
​Public administration, public policy, local government, federalism and multilevel governance, emergency management, climate change adaptation

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Thomas Homer-Dixon

Professor, Political Science

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

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Craig R. Janes

Professor/Director, School of Public Health and Health Systems

Areas of Research
Human-environment interactions, social inequities and health, global health governance, maternal and child health

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Peter Johnson.

Peter Johnson

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Richard Kelly

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Luna Khirfan

Associate Professor, School of Planning

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

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Kevin Lamb.

Kevin Lamb

Professor, Applied Mathematics

Areas of Research
Nonlinear waves, internal gravity waves and surface water waves, hydrodynamic instabilities and mixing, physical oceanography and limnology, coupling of hydrodynamic and bio-geochemical processes in lakes, computational fluid dynamics

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Brendon Larson

Associate Professor, Environment and Resource Studies

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

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Ellsworth LeDrew

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Areas of Research
Climate change and variability in polar areas; atmosphere-cryosphere feedback processes; role of citizen science and social media in polar information discovery, management and preservation

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Yuri Leonenko

Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geography and Environmental Management

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)

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Jonathan Li.

Jonathan Li

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Merrin Macrae

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Robert McLeman

Associate Professor, Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University

Areas of Research
Human dimensions of environmental change, with particular attention to the relationship between environment and human migration; rural adaptation to climatic variability and change; fostering citizen participation in environmental science

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Colleen Mercer Clarke

Adjunct Professor, School of Planning

Areas of Research
Climate change adaptation with a specialization on adaptive planning in coastal communities

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Brian N. Mills

Applied Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Areas of Research
Transportation, road safety, construction, weather-related injury risk, social and economic valuation of meteorological products and services

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Carrie Mitchell

Assistant Professor, School of Planning

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

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Linda Mortsch.

Linda Mortsch

Senior Researcher, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Areas of Research
Impacts of climate change on water resources and wetlands in Canada, climate change scenario development, and "effective" communication of climate change information

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Maren Oelbermann

Associate Professor, Environment and Resource Studies

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

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Wayne Oldford

Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science

Areas of Research
Statistical reasoning, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, and the development of interactive computational environments

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Paul Parker

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Richard Petrone

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Francis Poulin.

Francis Poulin

Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics

Areas of Research
Geophysical fluid dynamics, stochastic differential equations, biological fluid dynamics, computational mathematics

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Jonathan Price

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Areas of Research
Peatland/wetland hydrology, peatland construction and restoration

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Derek T. Robinson

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Ian Rowlands

Professor, Environment and Resource Studies

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

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Horatiu Rus

Assistant Professor, Economics and Political Science

Areas of Research
International trade, environmental and natural resource economics, international development, political economy

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Rebecca K. Saari

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of Research
Air pollution, greenhouse gases, and trade; air quality impacts and benefits under energy and climate policy; health impacts of air pollution under future climate; environmental inequality; pollution and policy impacts by income group; integrated economic, health impact, and air quality modeling

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Sherry Schiff

Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Areas of Research
Watershed biogeochemistry, the impact of nutrients and climate change on aquatic ecosystems

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Vanessa Schweizer

Assistant Professor, Knowledge Integration

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

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Mark Seasons

Mark Seasons

Professor, School of Planning

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

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James J. Sloan

James J. Sloan

Professor Emeritus, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Marek Stastna

Professor, Applied Mathematics

Areas of Research
Stratified fluid dynamics in lakes and the coastal oceans, the climate dynamics, wave dynamics in porous media

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Mike Stone

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Larry Swatuk

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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Jason Thistlethwaite

Jason Thistlethwaite

Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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Bryan Tolson.

Bryan Tolson

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Areas of Research
Environmental and water resources systems analysis; the development and testing of heuristic algorithms for efficient single- and multiple-objective optimization; uncertainty estimation; risk-based or probabilistic assessment of environmental and water resources systems

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Michael Waite.

Michael Waite

Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics

Areas of Research
Turbulence in rotating stratified fluids, vortices in stratified fluids, mesoscale atmospheric dynamics, tropical convection

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Johanna Wandel

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

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

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Olaf Weber

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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Byron Williston

Associate Professor, Philosophy, Wilfrid Laurier University

Areas of Research
Environment and ethics, climate change, religion, atheism, modern philosophy

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Brent Wolfe

Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Areas of Research
Climate change in Canada's north, present and past hydrology of the Mackenzie Basin Deltas, paleo-environmental research, environmental impacts on the hydrology of lakes

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Clarence Woudsma

Director, School of Planning

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

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Steven B. Young

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

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

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