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 Environmental
monitoring requires strategic and adaption if it is to provide
useful, affordable data for environmental management. My research
focuses on integrating contemporary hydrological monitoring
technologies into appropriate spatial and temporal measurement
schemes. A particular interest is in the use of inexpensive
surrogate monitoring techniques that efficiently highlight
particular sites and times of contamination. This work is undertaken
in an urban-rural setting as well as on green rood installations.
Work is also continuing on the hydrology and geomorphology of maximal glacial conditions. Most of our understanding of glaciers is based on receding or residual ice masses that lack the dynamics of advanced glaciers. Equilibrium mass balance modeling indicates that water erosion is likely to far exceed ice erosion through much of the glacier regime. Glacier ice regulates the effect of water erosion through pressurization of basal water flow and variation in the base level of tributary valleys.
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.
Surface Urban Heat Island Analysis (PhD, MSc
Time series analysis of thermal imagery for
urban surface property characterization (MSc)
Dr. Jinfei Wang - On Sabbatical - July 1,
2014-December 31, 2014 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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