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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

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Dipanjan Basu

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dipanjan Basu is a geotechnical engineer with diverse interest in mechanics, mathematics, numerical methods, renewable energy, and sustainability. His current research focus is on geothermal energy, soil structure interaction, life cycle assessment, and pile foundations. 

Marta Berbés-Blázquez

Caivan Communities 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.

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.

Peter Crank

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Peter Crank's research seeks to address questions of modelling urban spaces to understand the impact urban climate mitigation strategies have on the thermal environment as well as on all facets of human health (from physical heat stress to psychological disorders). His research team uses physical and applied climatology skills, data analytics, computer science, and instrumentation to study the impacts of a changing climate on individuals and the local environment.

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.

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.

Michael Drescher

Associate Professor, School of Planning

Michael Drescher’s research interests include the social psychology of private landowner conservation behaviours, socio-economic drivers of land use change, natural and cultural heritage landscape planning, environmental justice and equity, institutional analysis of green-blue infrastructure approaches, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and urban ecology.

Monica Emelko

Associate Director, Waterloo Climate Institute; 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.

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.

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. 

Bryan Grimwood

Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies; Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Bryan Grimwood's research is focused on tourism and Indigenous Peoples, tourism ethics and responsibility, northern landscapes, and outdoor experiential education.

Roberto Guglielmi

Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics

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.

Götz Hoeppe

Associate Professor, Anthropology & Sociology and Legal Studies Department

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.

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.

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.

Alana Lund

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Alana Lund studies the mechanics and dynamics of civil structures, with a focus on vibration-based techniques for structural identification. Through her research program she strives to develop robust approaches to structural health monitoring that can achieve a holistic, regional assessment of structural condition. Her research interests include structural health monitoring, vibration-based identification, uncertainty quantification, Bayesian inference, information fusion, and vulnerability and risk assessment.

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.

Brian Mills

Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Brian Mills' areas of research are transportation, road safety, construction, weather-related injury risk, and social and economic valuation of meteorological products and services.

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. 

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.

Derek Robinson

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Management

Derek Robinson's research interests include land-use and land-cover change, land-management and the carbon cycle, land grabs, land policy, agent-based modelling and geographical information systems.

Michelle Rutty

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Management; 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.

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.

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.

Simron Singh

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

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

Associate 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. 

Solomon Tesfamariam

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; University Research Chair

Solomon Tesfamariam's research focuses on the sustainable design of tall-timber building, decision-making tools for infrastructure (asset) management and the management of civil infrastructure systems and risk-based aging infrastructure management (buried pipes, buildings, bridges, etc.).

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.

Tony Wirjanto

Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science and School of Accounting and Finance.

Tony Wirjanto's research focuses on the intersection between statistics and econometrics. This includes financial time series with a focus on volatility modeling/forecasting and financial risk management and financial mathematics with a focus on portfolio optimization in a high-dimensional setting and on global climate change risks.

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.