Current PhD Students

Brandon Van Huizen, B.Sc (E-mail)                                                                                        

Brandon received his undergraduate degree from Brock University in Physical Geography. His current research focuses on the eco-hydrological role of seasonal ground ice in natural and constructed fens. Specifically, he is working to identify patterns in the spatial distribution of seasonal ground ice in both natural and constructed fens and determine how they relate to peat land micro-topography and vegetation cover. He also is working to quantify the impacts seasonal ice lenses have on evapotranspiration fluxes within constructed and natural fens.


Natasa Popovic, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.CC (E-mail)                                                                

Nataša has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science, an M.Sc. in Earth Science and a Masters of Climate Change. Her diverse background has led her to be forever curious about the interactions between soil, water and atmospheric processes leading her to pursue a Ph.D focused in ecohydrology and biogeochemistry. The aim of her work is to provide a better understanding of the water needs and requirements of a developing constructed wetland  by evaluating how water use changes as the system evolves, and assessing the main ecohydrological and chemical drivers of this change. Specifically, her research examines the control of vascular vegetation on fen and upland carbon and nutrient cycling, and the net effects on water use efficiency. She is also studying the decomposition rates of dominant vascular species in varying environmental conditions (undisturbed, natural wetlands vs. constructed wetlands).


Mina Rohanizadegan (E-mail)                                                                                       

Mina holds a MSc in Astronomy from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. Her PhD research examines the sensitivity of evapotranspiration to topographically dependence of vegetation in complex mountainous terrains. She will also examine the role of turbulent wind flows in complex terrain on modulating heat and moisture fluxes from vegetated and snow cover surfaces, and their correlation with topography. The aim is to improve modeling of evapotranspiration in complex sloped terrains.


Yi (Abby) Wang (E-mail)                                                                                       

abbyAbby holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences from University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Her PhD research focuses on the hydrological connectivity between upland forests and wetlands along the elevational gradients. She will also study how changes in connectivity of upland forests and wetlands affect the carbon emission in different elevational zones on the Kananaskis Mountain Water Futures project.