Finding a Supervisor
Graduate Opportunities in Physical Geography
Dr. Peter Ashmore
I have active, NSERC-funded, fluvial
geomorphology research projects on:
1. gravel-bed river morpho-dynamics, sediment transport and sedimentology, including braided rivers
2. geomorphology of semi-alluvial urban rivers in southern Ontario with applications to river restoration and sustainability.
Projects can be designed for both Masters and
PhD theses. The research involves physical model experiments in the
large river-modeling flume at Western, and field work in the
Canadian Rockies and southern Ontario. Current collaborations
involve researchers at University of Calgary, Utah State University
and colleagues in France, Italy and U.K.
Dr. Irena Creed I am looking for highly
motivated Masters and PhD students looking for opportunities in
remote sensing and GIS spatial analysis with an interest is natural
land and water systems. My work focuses on understanding the
hydrological and biogeochemical links between terrestrial and
aquatic ecosystems under both natural and disturbed conditions
across multiples research sites in Canada and abroad.
Candidates will have access to well-equipped chemistry and computer
labs with up-to-date remote sensing and GIS software, and to
extensive spatial datasets including field data and large volumes of
radar and optical satellite imagery. Candidates should be
willing to travel for field work.
Dr. Katrina Moser My research is focused on using records of water quality and quantity preserved in lake
sediments to determine past climate change and its impacts. I recently established the Lakes and Reservoirs Systems
Research Facility at the University of Western Ontario, which is a state-of-the-art facility for paleolimnological research.
Much of my research has focused on northern and alpine areas, but I am presently starting a new project in southern Ontario,
which is focused on looking at the impacts of climate and landscape change on lake systems. I am looking for 1-2 graduate
students to work on this project.
Dr. Chris Smart Current work focuses on surface-groundwater interactions at the
mesoscale. New projects are planned looking at hydrological restoration using enhanced groundwater
recharge in Medway Creek, distributed monitoring for water quality and karst groundwater flow in south
Dr. Phil Stooke I am interested in students who are studying in the areas of
cartography, history of cartography, historical maps, or in any aspects of space exploration including
space history, planetary mapping and geology. At present I do not have funds to support a student through
the summer, but co-supervisory arrangements may be worked out.
Dr. Marco Van de Wiel I am looking for 2 MSc or PhD students who are interested in computer
modeling of landscape evolution, or in interactions between ecological processes (colonization, succession,
decay) and geomorphological processes (erosion and deposition) within a landscape. Possible topics include
development of new algorithms in landscape evolution modeling; field-based calibration and validation of
landscape evolution models (Rocky Mountains, or Wales); application of agent-based approaches in
spatial dynamics. Candidates are also welcome to suggest their own ideas for research in computational
Dr. James Voogt
Project: Micro and Urban scale modeling of green roofs in Canada. (MSc)
As part of an NSERC Strategic Research Project, an MSc student is required to perform evaluations of numerical models of urban climate that incorporate green roof simulations and to undertake simulations of how select Canadian cities may be impacted by green roofs. The project calls for testing of the Town Energy Balance (TEB) model, originally described in Masson (2000) using data collected from project roof test sites. We will then use the model to represent typical areas of Canadian cities to evaluate the potential impact of green roofs on Canadian urban climates. Part of this work calls for use of the new Canadian off-line urban modeling tool developed at Environment Canada.
Project: Surface Urban Heat Island Analysis (PhD, MSc or BSc)
A number of potential projects are available that seek to better understand the surface urban heat island and its relation to urban climate. Projects range from analysis of existing tower and remotely sensed datasets from aircraft and satellites to those that may involve a substantial modeling component.
Project: Time series analysis of thermal imagery for urban surface property characterization (MSc)
Time series of remotely-sensed urban surface temperature, used in conjunction with micrometeorological theory and numerical models may be used to determine various properties of the urban surface. This project will use existing and possibly new data to explore the application of this technique to urban environments.Further information on these projects can be found on my webpage.
Dr. Jinfei Wang
My research interests
are in remote sensing. Current projects include: a) 2D and 3D urban
feature extraction from high resolution optical and LiDAR remote
sensing images and its applications in hazard studies; b)
Development of object-based classification algorithms for man-made
and natural feature extraction; c) Polarimetry SAR data analysis for
land use and land cover mapping and feature extraction; d)
Hyperspectral data analysis for urban and wetland vegetation change
detection and applications; Remote sensing applications in urban,
mountainous and wetland areas.
Dr. Adam Yates My
research blends aquatic ecology with landscape analysis to develop
and apply techniques for the assessment of the effects of human
activities on ecological conditions of riverine ecosystems with the
purpose of generating knowledge and decision support tools for
The research is strongly focused on field studies with an integral
landscape analysis component using GIS.
I am currently looking for MSc and PhD students to conduct
research projects in
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