Great Lakes sand dunes, coastal dune management, beach management, sand dune morphodynamics and ecology; coastal change; sand transport on coasts; coastal applications in GIS.
On sabbatical leave until June 30, 2017
Resource and environmental management in developing countries, hazards and hazard mitigation, environmental impact assessment, sustainable development, capacity building, waste management, parks and protected areas.
Urban transportation geography; human activity-travel patterns; decision processes; interactive and computer-based social survey methods; use of GPS and GIS for data collection; integrated land-use and transportation modelling; gender issues; urban planning and policy assessment; energy efficiency and emissions; impact of telecommunications.
Global climate change; climate modelling and dynamics; extratropical teleconnections and seasonal-to-decadal climate variability; land-ocean-atmosphere interaction; the representation of climate feedback processes in general circulation models.
Environmental and sustainability policy issues; decision-making successes and failures in environmental planning, assessment and regulation in various Canadian jurisdictions; environmental assessment law and process, the development of environmental thought.
Perception in the broadest sense, in particular vision and image processing, pattern recognition, non-linear and adaptive systems. More generally, systems thinking and design as knowledge integration.
Community development, the inclusion of volunteered geographic information in governance, crowdsourced planning support systems and web-harvesting on-line content.
Global change, Arctic dynamic meteorology; atmospheric synoptic studies; remote sensing of sea ice; micrometeorology; land use from LANDSAT; radiation modelling from digital terrain models and remotely sensed imagery; remote sensing of corals.
Biogeochemical cycling in natural and impacted systems (agriculture, wetlands, forest) under variable climatic regimes and following disturbance or land use change.
Governance and sustainable communities, public health and healthy communities, local public policy and administration, natural resources and environmental policy and administration, Canadian/Brazilian studies, political ecology, silos and systems, political communications.
Human dimensions of environmental change, with particular attention to the relationship between environment and human migration; rural adaptation to climatic variability and change; and, fostering citizen participation in environmental science.
Community vulnerability and capacity in the management of both natural and technological risks and disasters including nuclear fuel waste facilities, tornadoes, electricity power failures and water-borne contamination. Special areas of interest include social capital and environmental justice.
Exploring the links between biodiversity conservation and tourism, particularly in areas of resolving conflicts between wildlife agencies and local communities, tourism impacts on the environment (in parks and protected areas, and remote communities), community participation, and local level development through tourism. Current research focus is in Nepal, Thailand and Western Canada.
Japan and Pacific economy; local economic development; Australian/Canadian resources; global resource trade; energy and environment; impact assessment.
Temperate and cold regions wetland hydrology and climatology; ecohydrology; wetland restoration; ecology and disturbance of boreal wetlands; land-use change and agriculture.
Hydrological processes of cold regions, including the influence of the severe climate, permafrost, patterned ground, and organic terrains on snow cover, snowmelt, evaporation, runoff processes and pathways, and streamflow. The integration of these processes with regional climate/hydrology models.
Spatial data models and data structures; landscape ecology; combinatorial optimization; genetic algorithms; applied graph theory; scientific visualization; PC cluster (Beowulf) computing.
Currently my research is exploring the use of volunteered geographic information in environmental research, spatial and space-time modelling of emerging disease risk, and spatial model validation techniques. The intersection of data-intensive computing, novel geographical analyses, and open source technologies forms the basis for much of my research.
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.
Agro-food system sustainability, local food systems, organic and ecological agriculture, environment-development interfaces, small-scale producers, rural livelihoods, international development, East Asia (China, Vietnam) and Canada.
Regional environmental planning; protected areas; systems and ecosystem approaches to environmental management; resource and environmental policy; cumulative effects assessment; northern and western Canada, Alaska, Australia, North American Great Lakes, Italy.
Natural resource planning and management; protected areas planning; landscape ecology of boreal forests and of urban areas; fire ecology; global warming; ecological restoration; community and economic development in small northern communities, environmental assessment.
Geographic information systems (GIS); remote sensing; spatial statistics; ecosystem modelling and environmental monitoring; public health and medical geography applications; climate change.
Economic geography; urban and regional economic development and policy; creative and cultural economy of cities; labour market dynamics and workforce development; design, innovation and technological change.