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Paivi Abernethy

Adjunct Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Paivi Abernethy focuses primarily on various aspects in intersections of health, climate change, cumulative impacts of resource extraction, toxicology, water, food systems, and increasing community resilience. She is especially interested in children’s environmental health (life course approach to chronic disease prevention) and studying health-centered environmental co-governance – particularly in Indigenous communities.

Jean Andrey

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

Jean Andrey's research is concerned with the implications of climate change for transportation infrastructure and operations. The core of her research focuses on risk estimation and vulnerability assessment. Over time, she begun to focus more on sustainability issues and on the challenge of creating transportation systems, and indeed cities, that are both safe and environmentally sustainable.

Derek Armitage

Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Associate Director, Graduate Studies

Derek Armitage studies the human dimensions of environmental change (local to global) and emerging forms of environmental governance. His research interests include management and governance of aquatic systems (coastal-marine and freshwater), human dimensions of environmental change, social-ecological systems, and resilience.

Nandita Basu

Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences; University Research Chair

Nandita Basu studies the role humans play in modifying water availability and quality through changing land use and climate, providing innovative solutions to water sustainability challenges. Her research interests include contaminant fate and transport, watershed biogeochemistry and land use change, environmental and ecosystem hydrology, ecosystem (including wetland) restoration, human impacts on the environment, and water resource sustainability.

Chris Bauch

Professor, Applied Mathematics; University Research Chair

Chris Bauch's research centers on applying mathematics to real-world problems in infectious diseases, ecology, human-environment systems, behaviour, and sustainability. His study systems include forest-grassland ecosystem mosaics, forest pest infestations, childhood vaccine scares, and influenza vaccination, among others.

Peter Berry

Adjunct Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor, Health Canada

Peter Berry actively participates with Canadian and international researchers in efforts to better understand climate change risks to health and well-being and to prepare individuals, communities and health systems for future impacts. 

Philip Boyle

Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Sociology and Legal Studies

Philip Boyle's research is in security, resilience, policing, urban governance, mega-event security, emergencies and disasters, public safety, and organized crime.

Dillon Browne

Assistant Professor, Psychology; Canada Research Chair

Dillion Browne's research interests are in the influence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and socioeconomic status on human development; the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based interventions for children and whole families who are struggling with mental health and developmental challenges, particularly in settings of trauma and adversity; migrant and refugee mental health. 

Sarah Burch

Executive Director, IC3; Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Canada Research Chair

Sarah Burch is an expert in transformative responses to climate change at the community scale, innovative strategies for making progress on sustainability, and the unique contributions that small businesses can make to this solving this complex challenge. 

Zahid Butt

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Sciences

Zahid Butt's research interests focus on syndemics of infectious diseases, infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology, global health, big data analytics, and public health informatics.

Angela Carter

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Balsillie School of International Affairs Fellow

Angela Carter's research highlights the ecological and political-economic risks of fossil fuel dependence while advancing new policy measures to wind down fossil fuel extraction and production. Working alongside a community of scholars and policy advocates, she aims to reimagine Canadian and international climate policy.

Trevor Charles

Professor, Biology

Trevor Charles' research interests include plant-microbe interactions, symbiotic nitrogen fixation, functional metagenomics, bacterial genome engineering, synthetic biology, bioplastics and bioproducts, and circular bioeconomy.

David Clausi

Professor, Systems Design Engineering; Associate Dean, Research & External Partnerships

David Clausi's research interests lie in computer vision, digital image processing, pattern recognition, remote sensing systems, sports analytics, sea ice monitoring, artificial intelligence, machine learning, satellite imagery and signal processing.

Marta Berbés-Blázquez

Assistant Professor, School of Planning

Marta Berbés-Blázquez is part of the University of Waterloo's Future Cities, a highly transdisciplinary initiative to imagine and co-create resilient urban futures in Canada. She brings strength and interests in environmental justice, resilience thinking, participatory action research, and foresight methods. 

Jennifer Clary-Lemon

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature

Jennifer Clary-Lemon is interested in the areas of writing theory and pedagogy, material rhetorics, environmental rhetorics, methods and methodology, and rhetorics of location and place. Her current research examines infrastructural entanglements of humans and nonhumans as material rhetorical arguments, focusing on the Species at Risk Act and mandated recovery strategies for listed species.

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger's focus is on international law and governance related to climate change adaptation, mitigation and finance, natural resources, investment, trade and the green economy, among other sustainable development challenges.

James Craig

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Canada Research Chair

James Craig's research focuses on the development and application of improved methods for modeling surface water, groundwater, heat transport, discontinuous permafrost, and the surface water / groundwater interface.

Neil Craik

Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Neil Craik studies 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.

Eric Croiset

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Eric Croiset's research interests include reaction engineering, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), syngas/hydrogen production, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), process simulation, reactions in supercritical water, green reaction engineering, large scale optimization of energy systems, and CO2 capture from large point sources.

Hans De Sterck

Professor, Applied Mathematics

Hans De Sterck studies ​large-scale scientific computing, multilevel numerical linear algebra methods, numerical methods for PDEs, novel platforms for scientific computing including GPUs and clouds, and computational fluid dynamics.

Peter Deadman

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Peter Deadman's research focus is on land use change, agent based models, wetland vegetation models, climate change impacts on water resources, enterprise GIS, and geodatabase design.

Goretty Dias

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Goretty Dias' research focuses is on life cycle assessment, agriculture and ecosystems, bioenergy and bioeconomy, greenhouse gases, and renewable energy systems.

Brent Doberstein

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Geography & Geomatics programs

Brent Doberstein's research interests include environmental and resource management in developing countries, hazard mitigation and disaster risk reduction, climate change/hazards connections, and institutional capacity building.

Warren Dodd

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Sciences

Warren Dodd's research interests are in social and ecological determinants of global health and development, migration and health, community food security, healthcare and social service access, and climate change and health.

Christine Dow

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Canada Research Chair

Christine Dow's research focuses are glacial hydrology, ice dynamics, subglacial hydrology modelling, surging glaciers, Antarctic ice shelf stability, geophysical analyses of subglacial systems, and in situ data collection from Yukon glaciers.

Michael Drescher

Associate Professor, School of Planning

Michael Drescher's research interests include 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; and behaviour and population dynamics of large herbivores in forests and grasslands.

Claude Duguay

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; University Research Chair

Claude Duguay's main research interests are in the areas of Arctic hydro-climatology, lake/cryosphere-atmosphere interactions, remote sensing, and numerical modeling. He is the founding director of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.

Ali Elkamel

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Ali Elkamel looks at process systems engineering, computer-aided product formulation and design, systems biology, carbon management, energy and environmental systems, optimization of oil, gas, petroleum refining and petrochemical operations, process modeling, and simulation and optimization of complex systems.

Monica Emelko

Associate Director, IC3; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Canada Research Chair

Monica Emelko's research interests include water treatment, wildfire, water quality, pathogens, climate change, filtration, land disturbance, environmental and water resources, water and land management, nanoparticle removal during drinking water and wastewater treatment, quantitative microbial risk assessment, water protection and smart infrastructure.

Elizabeth English

Professor, Architecture

Elizabeth English focuses are 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.

Mathieu Feagan

Assistant Professor, School of Knowledge Integration

Mathieu Feagan is a critical interdisciplinary scholar using the framework of ecological consciousness as different ways of knowing to build capacity for social-ecological-technological transformation. Matt works across scholar-activist-practitioner communities, connecting local action to global environmental change to support just and sustainable transitions. 

Blair Feltmate

Professor; Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

Blair Feltmate's research is about identifying the additive value of sustainable development on an industry-specific basis and establishing a practical, meaningful and cost-effective climate change adaptation program for Canada.

Chris Fletcher

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Chris Fletcher's research interests are climate modelling, dynamics and change, extratropical teleconnections and seasonal-to-decadal climate variability, land-ocean-atmosphere interaction, and snow albedo feedback.

Dustin Garrick

Associate Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability; University Research Chair

Dustin Garrick has expertise in water and environmental governance with a focus on property rights, institutions and markets. He has twenty years of experience in environmental management with a focus on markets and governance innovations to address resource scarcity and sustainability challenges. 

Roberto Guglielmi

Assistant Professor

Roberto Guglielmi's research addresses problems in control and optimization of large-scale dynamics, described by ordinary or partial differential systems of evolution, with applications to the optimization of utility distribution over networks, heat transfer phenomena in the presence of crack and fractures, control of epidemics, reinforcement learning methods.

Roland Hall

Professor, Biology

Roland Hall studies 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.

Götz Hoeppe

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Anthropology

Götz Hoeppe's research interests include anthropology of science, technology and digital media, environmental anthropology; ethnography, ethnomethodology and conversation analysis, and responsible research and innovation.

Laura Hug

Assistant Professor, Biology; Canada Research Chair

Laura Hug seeks to define microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites using culture-based and culture-independent methods, generating a blueprint of which species are there and which pathways are active. Her research expands our understanding of the tree of life, while simultaneously developing solutions to address the impacts of human activities on the environment.

Allison Kelly

Associate Professor, Psychology

Allison Kelly studies the roles of shame, self-criticism, and self-compassion in the development, maintenance, and remission of psychopathology, especially eating disorders; Interventions and therapist behaviours that can reduce shame and self-criticism, and increase self-compassion; Fears of self-compassion and outward compassion, and how best to target these barriers in people with eating disorders; The social contexts that facilitate versus undermine self-compassion, compassion for others, healthy body image, and intuitive eating.

Luna Khirfan

Associate Professor, School of Planning

Luna Khirfan's research interests are community climate change adaptation, urban design and place making, international development and comparative planning, participatory planning, historic preservation and cultural resource management, and museum studies.

Kevin Lamb

Professor, Applied Mathematics

Kevin Lamb's focuses are 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, and computational fluid dynamics.

Brendon Larson

Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies

Brendon Larson's research interests are rethinking the conservation of biodiversity in the context of global change, social dimensions of biodiversity conservation, and metaphor, environmental science and society.

Ellsworth LeDrew

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Geography and Environmental Management

Ellsworth LeDrew's focuses are climate-cryosphere interactions using passive microwave imagery and numerical climate models, and data management, discovery and archiving for Polar Environmental Science.

Hyung-Sool Lee

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Hyung-Sool Lee's areas of research include production of bio-energy (electricity, H2, and CH4) and bio-chemicals from biomass including microbial electrochemical cells, wastewater treatment including nutrient recovery from organic waste and wastewater, thermodynamic/kinetic analyses of microbial metabolisms in engineered and natural systems, anaerobic membrane bioreactors including integration of anaerobic digestion with membrane separation, and anaerobic oxidation of methane, especially as part of the global carbon cycle.

Zsolt Lengyel

Visiting Research Fellow, IC3 & Faculty of Environment

Zsolt Lengyel is the Chairperson for The Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP). His areas of research include science-based, transformational climate policy, sustainability thresholds, ESG standards and rating-tools with a particular focus on low-emissions, and resilient infrastructure.

Jonathan Li

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Jonathan Li's research focuses on multispectral and SAR remote sensing, laser scanning (or LiDAR), object-based image analysis, 3D urban modeling and spatial analysis, terrain analysis in hydrogeography, and geomatics solutions to disaster management.

Robert McLeman

Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Robert McLeman's areas of research include human dimensions of environmental change, with particular attention to the relationship between environment and human migration, rural adaptation to climatic variability and change, and fostering citizen participation in environmental science.

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature; Canada Research Chair

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher's areas of research include science communication (especially online), environmental communication (especially related to disaster or risk society), risk communication (especially related to nuclear energy generation), and citizen science.

Plinio Morita

Associate Professor, School of Public Health Sciences

Plinio Morita studies population-level surveillance using IoT data, mHealth and wearable technology design, ubiquitous sensors for smart homes, usage data and health data analytics, precision medicine, and technology for aging.

Linda Mortsch

Climate Change Specialist, Faculty of Environment; Senior Researcher, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Linda Mortsch's focuses are the impacts of climate change on water resources and wetlands in Canada, climate change scenario development, and "effective" communication of climate change information.

Kirsten Müller

Professor, Biology; Assistant Vice-President Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Kirsten Müller's research interests are freshwater and marine algae, phylogeny, taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, invasive species, bloom forming algae, and evolution.

Hannah Tait Neufeld

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Sciences; Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph; Canada Research Chair

Hannah Tait Neufeld's research interests include Indigenous health and wellbeing, social and ecological determinants influencing maternal and child health, along with Indigenous food environments globally. 

Alain-Désiré Nimubona

Associate Professor, Economics

Alain-Désiré Nimubona analyzes the equilibrium relationships between polluters and their abatement equipment suppliers, which constitutes the environmental industry or eco-industry. Using economic modelling, he studies the interplay between environmental and trade policies related to the eco-industry, as well as the market structure of this industry. More recently, his research interests have widened to include issues related to the adoption of abatement technologies under uncertainty and the use of green infrastructures as a solution to sustainable development. 

Jozef Nissimov

Assistant Professor, Biology

Jozef Nissimov's research interests include virus ecology, comparative genomics of aquatic viruses, host-virus infection dynamics, microalgal biology and physiology, biological oceanography, effects of environmental change on aquatic viruses, algal-virus interactions and co-evolution, costs and mechanisms of virus resistance in microalgae, and development of new host-virus model systems.

Maren Oelbermann

Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability; Associate Director, Undergraduate Studies

Maren Oelbermann's research interests include climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration and ecosystem nitrogen dynamics; the impact of climate change on plant and soil ecosystems; permaculture, biochar, biomass plantations; restoration of marginal lands; and stable isotope techniques, modeling.

Jonathan Price

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Jonathan Price's research interests include peatland/wetland hydrology, peatland construction and restoration, water and solute flux dynamics, and hydrometric, geochemical and remote sensing techniques.

Omar Ramahi

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Omar Ramahi's research interests are radiating systems, theoretical and computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility, interference and electronic packaging, biomedical applications of electromagnetics, photonics, material measurements, antennas, microwaves and photonics, medical imaging, scanning, energy harvesting/bio-energy, renewable energy, sensors and devices, and wireless communications/networking.

Michelle Rutty

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environment; Canada Research Chair

Michelle Rutty's research interests include tourism, environment and sustainability, understanding the decision-making process and behavioural response of tourists to environmental change, assessing climate change risks and opportunities for tourism operators and destinations, and developing solutions to build a more environmentally sustainable tourism sector.

Rebecca Saari

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rebecca Saari's focuses are 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; and integrated economic, health impact, and air quality modeling.

Vanessa Schweizer

Associate Professor, Knowledge Integration; Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Vanessa Schweizer's research focuses are 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; and the influence of occupational, interpersonal, and cultural conflicts on climate change attitudes.

Andrea Scott

Associate Professor, Systems Design Engineering; Associate Chair

Andrea Scott's research focuses include retrieval of sea ice quantities from remote sensing data to improve our knowledge of the state of sea ice in the Arctic, investigation of information content of observational data and data fusion/data assimilation methods, and novel data-driven approaches (eg. convolutional neural networks) to extract sea ice information from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery.

Daniel Scott

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; University Research Chair; Director, Master of Climate Change program

Daniel Scott's focuses are climate change and tourism/recreation, sustainable tourism, climate change impacts and adaptation, as well as climate change and protected areas management.

Steffanie Scott

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Steffanie Scott studies 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, and sustainability transitions.

David Simakov

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

David Simakov's research interests include biochemical and biomedical engineering, emerging catalytic materials for CO2 activation, nano-structure catalysts for thermo-catalytic conversion of CO2, reactor design for CO2 conversion into renewable natural gas and methanol, system design for production of renewable synthetic fuels from biogas, emerging catalytic nano-materials, heterogeneous catalysis, Green Reaction Engineering, reactor design, and renewable synthetic fuels.

Simron Singh

Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies

Simron Singh conducts socio-metabolic research on small islands. As an industrial ecologist, he tracks material and energy flows through island systems: what and how much resources are locally produced, imported, transformed, used, stocked and discarded. His research aims to inform science and policy on ways small islands can achieve resource and energy security, meet social and economic goals while building resilient infrastructure to endure climate change.

Kelly Skinner

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Sciences; Applied Public Health Chair

Kelly Skinner's research interests include community-based health and social projects related to food, nutrition, food security, and the broader context of food systems and environments. 

Maria Strack

Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; Canada Research Chair

Maria Strack's research interests include the interactions between ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry and soil properties in wetland ecosystems, peatland greenhouse gas fluxes in both natural and disturbed ecosystem, and peatland methane dynamics including both fluxes and subsurface storage.

Chao Tan

Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering; Executive Director, Tsinghua-Waterloo Joint Research Center for Micro/Nano Energy and Env

Chao Tan areas of research are green energy, bioenergy, air pollution control, air cleaning, indoor air quality, sustainable buildings, aerosol, nanosafety, alternative fuels, energy harvesting/bio-energy, power systems, nanotechnology, renewable energy, nano-instrumentation, value-added recovery, hydrothermal conversion, hydrogen production, biomass and waste management, nanoaerosol filtration, nanoaerosol measurement, nanoaerosol generation and characterization, post-combustion air cleaning, acidic gas absorption, diesel engine emission abatement, mass, transfer between gas-liquid system, and chemical reaction kinetics.

Bryan Tolson

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bryan Tolson's research interests include hydrologic model calibration, hydrology, water resources planning and management, environmental and water resources, environmental simulation model development, environmental decision-making, parallel computing, multi-objective optimization, and soft computing.

Andrew Trant

Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Andrew Trant's areas of research include ecological legacies associated with people occupying sites for millennia, biodiversity as a critical component for understanding how ecosystem function and biogeography.

Wesley Van Wychen

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Wesley Van Wychen's research includes 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; and historical climate data rescue projects.

Olaf Weber

Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development; University Research Chair

Olaf Weber looks at 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.

Jeffrey Wilson

Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development

Jeffrey Wilson's areas of research include economic and sustainability research, natural capital accounting, wellbeing research, indicator development, ecosystem goods and services valuation, and strategy and policy development for sustainability transitions.

Brent Wolfe

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Brent Wolfe's areas of research include climate change in Canada's north, present and past hydrology of the Mackenzie Basin Deltas, paleo-environmental research, and environmental impacts on the hydrology of lakes.

Clarence Woudsma

Associate Professor, School of Planning

Clarence Woudsma's focuses are 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.

Yimin Wu

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Yimin Wu's research looks at advanced manufacturing, materials interfaces, energy materials, solar fuels, batteries, in situ multimodal characterizations, artificial intelligence, connectivity and internet of things, electronic and photonic materials, responsive materials, sensing, healthcarel, and nanotechnology.

Linlin Xu

Research Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Linlin Xu's focuses are monitoring and mapping of Arctic sea ice and marine oil spills, machine learning, statistical and computational methods for big remote sensing data interpretation, hyperspectral imaging, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging and environmental remote sensing.