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Jean Andrey

Jean Andrey

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Environment

Jean’s research is concerned with the implications of climate change for transportation infrastructure and operations, and is highly regarded as a teacher and mentor to undergraduate and graduate students alike.

Room EV1-349 | Ext. 32884 | email
F2016 Office hours: N/A

Prof. Sarah Burch

Sarah Burch

Assistant Professor

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Sustainability Governance and Innovation 

Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Sarah’s research focuses on governing responses to climate change (both adaptation and mitigation) in urban spaces.  She explores triggers of transitions toward more sustainable development pathways, and strategies for engaging a variety of actors in conversations about desirable futures. Sarah is the North American coordinator of the Earth System Governance Project, and is one of the core faculty members teaching in the Master’s of Climate Change program.

Room EV1-103 | Ext. 31932 | email
F2016 Office hours: Sabbatical leave during Fall term

Judie Cukier

Associate Professor

Judith’s research interests center around the impacts of tourism in developing regions. Specific projects have focused on the role of tourism on gender roles, indigenous people, employment and marine parks. Primary regional focus has included countries in Southeast Asia, South Pacific and the Caribbean.

Room EV1-231 | Ext. 35490 | email
F2016 Office hours: by appointment

Prof. Peter Deadman

Peter Deadman

Associate Professor

Peter’s research interests centre on using advanced geographic information technologies to model land cover changes in response to socio-environmental forces. He has been particularly interested in the use of Agent Based Models (ABMs) to explore environmental change.

Room EV1-102 | Ext. 33404 | email
F2016 Office hours: by appointment only

Brent Doberstein

Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies

Brent’s research interests lie in the general field of resource and environmental management in developing countries. Within this broad theme, his interests include hazard mitigation and disaster risk reduction; post-disaster reconstruction; institutional capacity building; sustainable resource and environmental management, and; and parks and protected areas.

Room EV1-220 | Ext. 33384 | email
F2016 Office hours: Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Prof. Christine Dow

Christine Dow

Assistant Professor

Christine will join the department in May 2016 following a postdoctoral fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research interests are focused on the development of subglacial hydrological networks and the impact of this on ice dynamics on a variety of spatial and temporal scales. She analyses these systems using a combination of numerical modeling methods and data integration.

Room EV1-109 | Ext. 33629 | email
F2016 Office hours: contact professor

Claude Duguay

Claude Duguay

Professor and University Research Chair

Joining the Department in 2006, Claude’s main research interests are in the areas of Arctic hydro-climatology, lake/cryosphere-atmosphere interactions, remote sensing, and numerical modeling. Prof. Duguay is the founding director of UW's Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change.

For more information, visit Claude Duguay's research group website.

Room EV1-125 | Ext. 33610 | email
Office hours: Sabbatical leave January 1 - December 31, 2016

Susan Elliott


Susan is a medical geographer with particular interests in global environmental health.  She is an Adjunct Professor with the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (, a partner in much of the global water and sanitation research that she undertakes.  She is also a research lead for the AllerGen national centres of excellence on gene-environment interactions and allergic disease (  More information can be found on her lab website:

Prof. Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher

Assistant Professor

Chris became a member of the Department in 2010 and was Sharcnet Research Chair until July 2012. His research program uses computer models of the global climate system to better understand climate variability and change over North America and Europe, on timescales ranging from seasons to decades to centuries.

For more information, visit Chris Fletcher's personal website.

Room EV1-230 | Ext. 36855 | email
F2016 Office hours: Wednesday 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Peter Johnson

Assistant Professor

Peter joined GEM in 2012 having been a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. His research seeks to understand how governments, citizens, and private companies share information through geospatial technology, including open data, the Geoweb, social media, mobile devices, and the process of crowdsourcing. Recent projects have focused on understanding the value of government open data, the integration of volunteered geographic information in government, Geoweb platform development, and mobile application testing and evaluation.

For more information, visit Peter Johnson's personal website.

Room EV1-236 | Ext. 33078 | email

F2016 Office hours: Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Suzanne Kearns

Associate Professor

Suzanne’s research focuses on aviation human factors and pilot training.  She explores human limitations and how they contribute to aviation accidents and incidents.  She also studies educational theory related to aviation, including the shift towards competency-based education practices and the impact of e-learning in aviation.

Room EV1-238 | Ext. 32789 | email
F2016 Office hours: by appointment only

Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly


Richard joined the department in 2006 having spent 5 years as an associate research scientist at NASA. His research interests are in snow and ice hydrology and especially in the measurement of snow and ice from Earth observing remote sensing instruments. His research focuses on the use of active and passive remote sensing instruments to estimate global water storage in seasonal snowpacks.

Find out more about Richard Kelly's research on his website. And follow him on his blog.

Room EV1-119 | Ext. 35451 | email
Office hours: Sabbatical leave January 1 - December 31, 2016

Prof. Ellsworth LeDrew

Ellsworth LeDrew

University Professor

As a long-serving key member of the Department, Ellsworth’s research interests include climate-cryosphere interactions using passive microwave observations and numerical climate models, the exploration of high spectral and spatial resolution imagery for analysis of environmental stress on tropical coral reefs, the use of Earth observations in international energy management, and data management and archiving for Polar Environmental Science.

Room EV1-121 | Ext. 32783 | email
F2016 Office hours: by appointment only

Prof. Jonathan Li

Jonathan Li


Jonathan joined the Department in 2007 and his research interests lie mainly in the areas of remote sensing and geographical information science including topographic and thematic mapping from satellite imagery, airborne and terrestrial mobile laser scanning, remote sensing of inland and coastal waters, GIS and web mapping, terrain analysis in hydrogeography and hazard mapping.

For more information, visit Jonathan Li's personal website.

Room EV1-111 | Ext. 34504 | email
F2016 Office hours: Monday 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Prof. Merrin Macrae

Merrin Macrae

Associate Professor & Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, Geography Programs

Merrin started in the Department in 2006 and has research interests in the linkages between hydroclimatology, biogeochemical cycling and surface-water chemistry in both natural and impacted systems under variable climatic regimes and following disturbance or land use change. I am particularly interested in carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus storage and movement in both temperate and high latitude environments.

Room EV1-237 | Ext. 33064 | email
F2016 Office hours: Thursday 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Ian McKenzie

Adjunct Associate Professor & Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies, Aviation and Geomatics Programs

Room EV1-222 | Ext. 32931 | email
F2016 Office hours: by appointment only

Clare Mitchell

Associate Professor

Clare’s research explores the processes that lie behind the transformation of rural space. She is particularly interested in how newcomers (i.e. counterurbanites and tourists) contribute to the creation of place-based identities; specifically, those based on the commodification of local heritage. Her regional focus is Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Yukon Territory, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Room EV1-224 | Ext. 33285 | email
F2016 Office hours: Sabbatical leave until December 2016

Prof. Sanjay Nepal

Sanjay Nepal


Sanjay joined the department in 2011 from Texas A&M University where he was an Associate Professor and Associate Department Head. In 2012 he received the Roy Wolfe Award from the Association of American Geographers for his research in tourism.

Room EV1-124 | Ext. 31239 | email
F2016 Office hours: Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30 am

Paul Parker

Paul Parker


Paul’s research focuses on building sustainable communities by creating win-win opportunities for the environment and economy. He is particularly concerned with how local economic development strategies can achieve a sustainable future. Sustainable energy systems are an essential starting point, so he looks first at conservation and improving energy efficiency, then at renewable energy sources and smart grid networks as integral parts of community energy plans.

Room EV3-4269 | Ext. 32791 | email
F2016 Office hours: Monday 1:00 - 2:00 pm and Tuesday 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Dr. Rich Petrone

Richard Petrone


Rich’s research is focused on developing a further understanding of soil – vegetation – atmosphere interactions, especially as influenced by hydrologic and climatic conditions. Specific questions of interest to him include trace gas exchange in wetland and forested systems, interactions between vegetation and hydrology and climate (weather), and modeling the impacts of climatic and land-use stresses on these linkages. Rich’s research currently focuses on high latitude systems, specifically the Western Boreal Forest, where he is actively involved with these research questions and their applicability to landscape reclamation. However, he is also a lead-PI and node leader in the Southern Ontario Water Consortium where he is examining the effects of agriculture and landuse change on water quantity and quality in Southern Ontario. Rich is also one of the core faculty members in the Master’s of Climate Change Program. Visit my research website.

Room EV1-223 | Ext. 39174 | email
F2016 Office hours: contact professor

Jonathan Price


Jonathan’s research is broadly concerned with the hydrology of wetland systems. He is especially concerned with peatland and fenland systems from a management perspective but also from a restoration perspective, especially as a result of resource extraction processes.  He is also interested in the impact of climate change on peatland systems.

Room EV1-122 | Ext. 35711 | email
F2016 Office hours: contact professor

Derek Robinson

Derek T. Robinson

Assistant Professor

Derek joined the Department in 2012 with interests that lie at the center of land use, land management, and the carbon cycle. He uses agent-based modelling as an approach to integrate GIS, ecological, and human decision-making models to evaluate socio-economic contexts and policy scenarios on changes to land use and land cover, ecological function and the provision of ecosystem services, and human well-being.

For more information, visit Derek Robinson's personal website.

Room EV1-105A | Ext. 31789 | email
F2016 Office hours: by appointment

Daniel Scott

Professor and University Research Chair

My current research program focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, climate and society, and sustainable tourism.

Room EV1-106 | Ext. 35497 | email
F2016 Office hours: Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Steffanie Scott

Associate Professor

Steffanie is past president of the Canadian Association for Food Studies, and is engaged in research on sustainable food systems in China and Canada. Her work documents the emergence of the ecological agriculture sector and alternative food networks in China. She is also researching the urban food system in Nanjing, China.

For more information, visit Steffanie Scott's personal website.

Room EV1-114 | Ext. 37012 | email
F2016 Office hours: Monday 1:30 - 2:20 pm or by appointment

Prof. Mike Stone

Mike Stone


Mike is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. His research interests are broadly related to the study of land use change and its impacts on sediment transport dynamics and water quality in both natural and built environments. He has worked in a wide range of geographical locations that include the lower Great Lakes basin, Slave River delta (NWT), the Coppermine River Basin (NWT), eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains (Alberta) and China (Inner Mongolia).

For the past nine years he has been a member of the Southern Rockies Watershed Project (SRWP) research team ( SRWP was established to rigorously examine the effects of wildfire on hydrology, water quality, stream health and the downstream implications of this disturbance to water treatment. His current research is designed quantify and model the impacts of contemporary forest harvesting strategies on sediment and associated nutrient transport dynamics. This research will enable land managers to select harvesting strategies to manage wildfire risks while potentially mitigating downstream propagation of sediment and associated nutrients.

Mike currently serves as President of the IAHS International Committee on Continental Erosion (ICCE).

Room EV1-112 | Ext. 33067 | email
F2016 Office hours: email for appointment

Maria Strack

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair

Maria’s research investigates the interactions between ecology, hydrology, biogeochemistry and soil properties in wetland ecosystems. In particular, her research focuses on feedbacks between wetlands and climate by investigating controls on peatland greenhouse gas exchange in natural, disturbed and restored ecosystems.

Room EV1-234 | Ext. 30164 | email
F2016 Office hours: Thursday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Su-Yin Tan


Su-Yin joined the Department in 2008 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the theory and application of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies.  Her interdisciplinary research interests are in the field of geomatics and spatial data analysis with diverse application areas within both physical and human geography.  Current research projects include exploring threshold concepts and teaching in the GISciences, crime mapping in Toronto and the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and remote sensing for examining biogeophysical patterns and mapping land use and land cover.

Room EV1-227 | Ext. 38772 | email
F2016 Office hours: by appointment only

Applied Geomatics Research Laboratory

Prof. Tara Vinodrai

Tara Vinodrai

Associate Professor

Tara joined the department in 2008 and holds a joint appointment with SEED. At the core of her research program is a concern with understanding and theorizing the dynamics of contemporary economic change and the emerging and evolving geographies of the knowledge-based economy. Her research is highly interdisciplinary  in scope drawing on the social sciences, and innovation, organizational and management studies.

Room EV3-4231 | Ext. 33278 | email
F2016 Office hours: Monday 2:30-3:20 pm and Tuesday 1:30-2:20 pm

Johanna Wandel

Johanna Wandel

Associate Professor and Interim Chair

Johanna joined the GEM in 2008 having worked on previously on high impact climate change adaptation research studies in Canada. Her research examines the critical relationship between humans and the environment and specifically addresses vulnerability and adaptation assessments in relation to climate change.

Room EV1-126 | Ext. 38669 | email
F2016 Office hours: contact professor

Nancy Worth

Assistant Professor

Nancy is a feminist economic geographer who is interested in work, social reproduction, inequalities, age and generations, and feminist theory. Theoretically, her interests lie in relationality and temporality, focusing on futurity, intergenerationality and precarity. Nancy is also concerned with research practice, including ethics, participation and innovative qualitative methods.

Room EV1-229 | Ext. 33223 | email
F2016 Office hours: email for appointment

Susie Castela

Susie Castela

Administrative Manager

Room EV1-113 | Ext. 33406 | email

Heather Dorken

Heather Dorken

Undergraduate Advisor & Administrative Assistant

Geomatics, Geography & Aviation, 2+2 

Room EV1-115 | Ext. 32433 | email

Sara Stewart

Sara Stewart

Undergraduate Advisor & Program Administrator

Geography and Environmental Management

On Secondment-please contact Miljana Kovacevic, for assistance.

Miljana Kovacevic

Undergraduate Advisor

Geography and Environmental Management

Room EV1-120 | Ext. 32403 | email

Covering Sara Stewart's secondment.

Alan Anthony

Alan Anthony

Graduate Program Administrator

Room EV1-123 | Ext. 32730 | email

Teresa Wilson

Teresa Wilson

Graduate Program Administrator

Master of Climate Change Program

Room EV1-105 | Ext. 38539 | email