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From its inception, the Faculty of Environment has engaged in scholarship that addresses important environmental and societal issues. Expand the contents below to learn more about researchers in our five academic units:
Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM)
Find out how geomatics professor Su-Yin Tan joined the “space mafia.”
Ellsworth LeDrew is advancing research on climate change by documenting changes in the Far North with the help of local people.
Learn how new faculty member Sarah Burch is bringing a unique interdisciplinary approach to researching climate change and helping launch a new master's program.
Energy companies come to Rich Petrone when restoring a wetland in Canada's oilpatch.
Learn how GEM professor Jean Andrey is researching the ways in which climate change is making driving more dangerous in Canada.
GEM professor Daniel Scott, who is a Canada Research Chair in Global Change and Tourism, researches how climate change affects tourism – and vice-versa.
China may have a bad reputation for food safety, but it has the world’s second-most land a devoted to organic food and there is a burgeoning movement toward what Steffanie Scott calls ecological agriculture.
Jonathan Price is turning the barren landscape left behind after oil sands mining back into the delicate, diverse peatland that once covered more than half of the Athabasca region of northern Alberta.
Meet the Antarctic explorer who turned a love of glaciers into a research career mapping subglacial lakes.
Learn how Richard Kelly, the mind behind #snowtweets, is redefining snow research by harnessing social media.
School of Planning
Find out how planning professor Luna Khirfan is preparing students to help cities large and small survive a changing climate.
Learn how planning professor John Lewis' mother inspired him to help make our cities more senior friendly.
Jeff Casello is a professor jointly appointed to the School of Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He’s one of Canada’s foremost experts in public transportation.
As the world adapts to extreme weather, Carrie Mitchell looks deeper into what’s working, what’s not, and how we can better plan for sustainable urban futures.
School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)
Researcher Goretty Dias explores why, from farm to fork, carbon isn't the only measure of food system's sustainability.
Discover how this researcher is making it easier for retailers and consumers to buy and sell 'green' products.
Olaf Weber, a professor in SEED, is Export Development Canada Chair in Environmental Finance.
Professor Neil Craik, Faculty of Environment professor and current director of University of Waterloo’s SEED studies how to make polluters more accountable.
Leading the charge for social innovation at the University of Waterloo is Dr. Frances Westley, Chair of Social Innovation at SEED.
Prior to coming to Waterloo, Larry Swatuk spent 13 years teaching and researching in Africa. He also trains international decision-makers on dispute resolution and negotiation regarding water resources.
It’s not hard to get fair trade coffee from Kenya or organic tomatoes from Mexico. But it’s harder to track where metals come from. Steven B. Young is playing a part in changing that.
School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (SERS)
Learn why Environment researcher Sarah Wolfe looks at how psychology and culture affect decisions about water.
Learn how SERS professor Derek Armitage is examining how to better protect aquatic systems under threat. In many cases these threats are directly related to man-made influence on our environment.
Stephen Murphy works extensively with provincial, federal, and municipal parks, as well as in communities with non-park land to restore, to return local ecosystems to as close to their natural state as possible.
Jennifer Clapp says the way that the global food system is organized perpetuates the inequalities that have resulted in over a billion people not getting enough to eat while others have too much.
SERS professor Ian Rowlands is working on transforming the way we use and conserve energy, making it easy and convenient for homeowners to achieve their conservation and money-saving goals.
Agriculture is “a little bit of a bad boy” when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions, says Maren Oelbermann, who is researching ways to make farms capture and store more greenhouse gases than they emit.
The whitebark pine tree has been decimated by a beetle and a killer fungus. Brendon Larson says it’s time to move the trees to new ground.