Finding a Supervisor

Graduate Opportunities in Physical Geography

Peter Ashmore 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.
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Ireena Creed 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.
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Katrina Moser 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.
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Chris Smart 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.
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Phil Stooke 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.
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Marco Van De Wiel 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 modeling spatial dynamics. Candidates are also welcome to suggest their own ideas for research in computational geomorphology.
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James Voogt 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.
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Jinfei Wang

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.
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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 watershed management.  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 Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick in partnership with Environment Canada, the Canadian Rivers Institute and other universities.  Summer funding, travel and exchange opportunities are available.
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