Current Masters Students

Jessica Williamson, B.ES (E-mail)                                                                 

JessicaJessica received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies, with a diploma in Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation from the University of Waterloo. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Science, where she focuses on the spatial variability of evapotranspiration on a subalpine ridge in Kananaskis, Alberta. Her project looks at two distinct transitional tree patches, krummholz and tree islands, and analyzes how these growth forms will influence water storage and loss. She will also determine feedbacks between evapotranspiration and dominant controls (snow pack, net radiation, microtopography and wind speed) in order to assess the changes in the hydrological cycle driven by differences in canopy cover. Photo credit: Dustin Angell Photography. 


Dylan Hrach, B.ES (E-mail)                                                                                

Dylan received a Bachelor of Environment Studies in Geography with a specialisation in Earth System Science and a Parks Option from the University of Waterloo.  He is currently working towards a Masters of Science with research interests in alpine wetland hydrology.  His project will analyse the unique microclimate of a heavily shaded wetland with a large presence of snow and a short growing season. He will perform a wetland characterisation and observe the influence of photosynthetic active radiation on plant growth and the rate of evapotranspiration




Kevin de Haan, B.Sc (E-mail)                                                                              

Kevin HKevin received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo. This charming chap is currently focussing his research on water use and distribution in southern Ontario agricultural fields. More specifically, his project focusses on relationships between climate and soil properties with water use efficiencies of corn (maize) and alfalfa hay. He also plans to compare evapotranspiration models to measured eddy covariance values and investigate their sensitivities to climate and soil properties.


Tyler Prentice (E-mail)                                                                                              

TylerTyler received a Bachelor of Science in Geography with Environmental Science and Sustainability options from Wilfrid Laurier University. His current research focuses on the reclamation of boreal forests following oil sands operations in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Specifically, his research aims to determine how interactions between vegetation and soil are influenced by the cover soil used at the start of the reclamation process. This will involve monitoring soil moisture and nutrient regimes throughout the growing season at several reclaimed sites within the Athabasca Oil Sands Region.


Rebecca Cameron, B.Sc.Env (E-mail)                              

rcRebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Geography where she is focusing on understanding how external anthropogenic factors control boreal peatland and upland ecohydrological functioning. Specifically, her research aims to better understand how atmospheric nitrogen deposition is impacting nutrient availability and plant productivity on a constructed fen-upland in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta. Her work will help inform reclamation design and assessment practices.



karisaKarisa graduated with a Bachelor’s of (Environmental) Science from McMaster University. She is currently working towards completing her Master’s degree that focuses on natural peatland development in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of northeastern Alberta. Using dendrochronology and stable carbon isotope analysis, Karisa hopes to better understand the influence of linear disturbances (i.e. roads, cutlines, pipelines) on peatland tree growth and water-use efficiency. Her research will have implications for oil exploration and infrastructure development management strategies.


Sarah Fettah (E-mail)                                                            

sarah_fettehSarah graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science within the department of Environmental Sciences. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Geography focusing her research on the ecohydrological controls on vegetation growth in a constructed upland in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta. Specifically, trying to understand and characterize vegetation distribution and growth patterns to promote the use of more effective reclamation techniques in future projects


Sheryl Chau (E-mail)                                                            




Julia Hathaway (E-mail)                                                            

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