Student members

Robert Babin

Robert Babin

Master's student, University of Waterloo

Robert Babin is working towards an MA in the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. After completing a BES in planning, he continued at the school to work on a large agent-based modelling project to simulate development in Waterloo Region.

Marisa Beck

Marisa Beck

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Marisa Beck is a PhD student in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), University of Waterloo, specializing in global environmental governance.

Teresa Branch-Smith

Teresa Branch-Smith

Philosopher in residence, Philip Beesley Architect Inc.

Teresa Branch-Smith approaches complexity from a background in biochemistry and as a result is particularly interested in discussions about emergence that involve biology based examples.

Thomas Bury

Thomas Bury

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Thomas Bury is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Chris Bauch. Previously, he completed the Mathematical Tripos at the University Cambridge with first class honours, specialising in applications to biological and theoretical physics. His desire to work in mathematical modelling came about during a Summer research post with mathematical biologist Dr. Julia Gog, where he analysed the spatio-temporal dynamics of the Influenza outbreak that disturbed the UK in 2009.

Virginia Capmourteres

Virginia Capmourteres

PhD student, University of Guelph

Virginia Capmourteres is a PhD candidate in environmental sciences at the University of Guelph, working under the supervision of Dr. Madhur Anand. She works on the development of indicators and models to assess ecosystem integrity and potential under the scope of complex systems.

Clayton Dasilva

Clayton Dasilva

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Clay Dasilva (PDF) is currently a PhD student in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, having also obtained his Master of Arts there in 2012.

Yue Dou

Yue Dou

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Yue Dou is completing her PhD degree in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. She is working with Dr.

Kathyrn R. Fair

Kathyrn R. Fair

PhD candidate, University of Waterloo

Kathyrn R. Fair is a PhD candidate in applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo, supervised by Professor Chris T. Bauch and Professor Madhur Anand. Prior to entering graduate school, she completed a BSc (Hons) in physical science with distinction at the University of Guelph.

Milton Friesen

Milton Friesen

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Milton Friesen’s work includes serving on the executive team of Cardus, a public policy think tank, in addition to pursuing a PhD at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning.

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Jorge is a PhD candidate of System Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. His research activities are focused on applying agent-based models on three major areas

Sami Houry

Sami Houry

PhD student, Athabasca University

Sami Houry is a senior research officer and project manager with the Office of Institutional Studies at Athabasca University.

Yu Huang

Yu Huang

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Yu Huang is currently completing her PhD degree in urban planning at the School of Planning, University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the complex interactions within the urban housing market system and the emergent urban patterns and market dynamics.

Chantal Hutchison

Chantal Hutchison

PhD student, McGill University

Chantal Lana Hutchison is a PhD student in Dr. Catherine Potvin’s neotropical ecology lab at McGill University. Her background is in theoretical physics with a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a MSc from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute.

Fatemeh Jahanmiri

Fatemeh Jahanmiri

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Fatemeh Jahanmiri is currently completing her PhD in urban planning at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Parker. Given her background in architecture and her interest in nature-inspired design, she followed her research in the field of complexity exploring the origin of fractal patterns in cities.

Scott Janzwood

Scott Janzwood

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Scott is a PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, where he studies the role of deep uncertainty in political decision-making. His research investigates the intersection of science and policy in the areas of climate change, infectious disease outbreaks, and artificial intelligence. Scott's dissertation research focuses on the role played by mathematical models as decision-support tools in the governance of catastrophic threats.

Herijadi Kurniawan

Herijadi Kurniawan

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Kurniawan graduated from the inaugural Master of Climate Change program at the University of Waterloo and he is now working towards his PhD. For his doctoral research, Kurniawan is seeking to advance the methodological approach for better anticipating hard-to-foresee scenarios for complex social systems.

John Lang

John Lang

PhD student, University of Waterloo

John Lang is currently completing a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Hans De Sterck.

Michael Lawrence

Michael Lawrence

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Michael Lawrence’s work applies concepts from the complexity science literature to the study of conflict and security. He focuses on the relationship between conflict, insecurity and development, particularly on the ways in which armed violence generates complex patterns of social organization.

Katherine Laycock

Katherine Laycock

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Katherine Laycock is currently enrolled in PhD studies at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning.

Jamie Miller

Jamie Miller

Sessional professor, OCAD University; PhD student, University of Guelph

Jamie Miller is a sessional professor at OCAD University and an environmental engineering PhD candidate at the University of Guelph. His research is based on three case studies and the application of the adaptive cycle in understanding transformations in engineering design thinking. At OCAD, Jamie co-teaches three courses on biomimicry with the chair of design, Bruce Hinds.

Corey Pembleton

Corey Pembleton

Master's student, University of Waterloo

Corey Pembleton is completing an MSc in geomatics in the geography department, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on how urban climate change resilience challenges can be addressed by taking a geospatial approach to urban design (geodesign).

Amanda Raffoul

Amanda Raffoul

Master's student, University of Waterloo

Amanda Raffoul is a MSc candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick. Her research interests involve psychosocial contributors to weight status, such as dieting, body image, and weight bias, and how they influence our overall health.

Kirsten Robinson

Kirsten Robinson

PhD student, University of Waterloo; Researcher, Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience

Kirsten Robinson is an award-winning systems design engineer and designer. She worked on Governor General Award winning architect Phillip Beesley’s hylozoic soil team to create responsive architectures that were shown across Canada and at the Venice Biennial.

Perin Ruttonsha

Perin Ruttonsha

PhD student, University of Waterloo

In her doctoral research, with the Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS), Perin Ruttonsha applies concepts from complex systems, social-ecological resilience, social innovation, and biomimicrymdiscourses, in examining processes and opportunities for the long-term

Andjela Tatarovic

Andjela Tatarovic

Bachelor's student, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo

Andjela Tatarovic enjoys learning and questioning the essence of things. Philosophy is a natural pass-time while quantifying ideas is more of a challenge, but enjoyed nonetheless. She likes learning the languages of things, and the relation between the abstract and the concrete.

Ola Tjornbo

Ola Tjornbo

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Ola Tjornbo completed his undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic history and literature at Peterhouse Cambridge. He then worked in farming and the wine industry before returning to university in 2006 in Stockholm. At Stockholm he continued to explore the relationship between man and nature in his MSci in natural resource management and globalization.

Haotian Zhang

Haotian Zhang

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Haotian Zhang is currently pursuing a PhD degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received the MS degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2012. His research interests are in the areas of network science and design of fault-tolerant algorithms.

Katharine Zywert

Katharine Zywert

PhD student, University of Waterloo

Katharine Zywert is a PhD student in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, where she studies medicine in the Anthropocene.

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