Full Time Faculty

James Voogt
-Department Chair

James Voogt

Position: Associate Professor
Email: javoogt@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85018
Office: SSC 2401
biography

Research Interests
Urban climatology

Current Research
The overall objective of my research is to better understand urban thermal anisotropy (the directional variation in remotely observed surface temperature over urban areas) and develop models that will allow correction for thermal anisotropy at a range of scales for urban areas. The outcomes of this work are important to our ability to provide representative urban surface temperatures. These temperatures are a key variable to the air temperature of cities, heat loading on urban residents, energy use by buildings, providing input to weather forecast and pollutant dispersion models and for assessing urban heat mitigation strategies such as cool surfaces.

I am seeking interested graduate students with backgrounds in one or more of: micro or boundary layer meteorology/climatology (vegetated or urban areas), remote sensing (especially thermal remote sensing and/or remote sensing of vegetation in urban areas), computer science, or engineering who are interested in measurement, modeling or applications of urban surface temperature.

Possible thesis topics include:
- observations of urban thermal anisotrophy over vegetated urban areas;
- evaluation of models of urban thermal anisotropy;
- development of urban energy balance models that include vegetation for use in predicting urban thermal
  anisotropy;
- assessment of urban thermal anisotropy from satellite observations;
- development of parameterizations of urban thermal anisotropy;
- links between urban thermal anisotropy and assessment of the urban surface heat island;
- the use of thermal remote sensing to estimate urban sensible heat flux

Teaching Interests
Physical Geography; Weather and Climate; Micrometeorology


Godwin Arku

Godwin Arku

Position: Associate Professor
Email: garku@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85343
Office: SSC 2427
biography

Research Interests
Housing and economic development; Urban development and policy analysis; Regional and local economic development policy and planning;  Third World development issues (esp. Africa)

Current Research
My current research focus is on economic development strategies of cities. In particular, I am interested in how cities are competing within international markets, attracting investment and labour to promote economic growth and enhancing the economic and fiscal health of their communities. I welcome applications from masters students interested in the topic of economic development and specifically those are who are interested in examining Ontario cities. I also welcome students who are interested in examining the impacts of provincial policies on the economic development efforts of cities. Finally I welcome masters students with their own research plan.

Teaching Interests
People, Places and Landscapes; Urban Development; Urban Economic Development; Urban Geography of the Developing World


Peter Ashmore
- Undergraduate Chair

Peter Ashmore

Position: Professor
Email: pashmore@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85026
Office: SSC 1405
biography

Research Interests
Fluvial geomorphology, sediment transport

Current Research
I have active, NSERC-funded, fluvial geomorphology research projects on:
- gravel-bed river morpho-dynamics, sediment transport and sedimentology, including braided rivers
- 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.

Teaching Interests
Physical Geography; Geomorphology & Hydrology; Geomorphology of River Channels


Bipasha Baruah
- Canada Research Chair
- Cross Appointed with Women's Studies and Feminist Research

Bipasha Baruah

Position: Associate Professor
Email: bbaruah@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86316
Office: LH 3244
biography

Research Interests
Global Women's Issues


Jamie Baxter
- Associate Dean Graduate Affairs (Social Science)

Jamie Baxter

Position: Professor
Email: jamie.baxter@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81241
Office: SSC 1407
biography

Research Interests
Social construction of risk, community responses to technological hazards, renewable energy policy, noxious facility siting, and methodology

Current Research
I am interested to work with students on projects related to the risk perception and behaviours associated with of technological hazards – particularly in the areas of renewable energy (e.g., wind turbines, waste-to-energy, community energy planning). I currently have funded projects available for Honours thesis, MA and PhD students.  Please visit my personal webpage for details.

Teaching Interests
Environmental Hazards & Human Health; Qualitative Methods; Research Design, Environment, Economy and Society


Brian Branfireun
- Canada Research Chair
- Cross Appointment with Biology and Earth Sciences

Brian Branfierun

Position: Professor
Email: bbranfir@uwo.ca
Personal Website
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 89221
Office: BGS 2064
biography

Research Interests
Ecohydrology, biogeochemistry, and wetland ecosystem science


Michael Buzzelli

Michael Buzzelli

Position: Associate Professor
Email: mbuzzel@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85329
Office: SSC 2429
biography

Research Interests
Higher education policy, research on teaching and learning, society-space relationships with a focus on housing, health and GIS

Current Research
I am willing to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please see my web page for further details.

Teaching Interests
Health Geography, Housing, The Geoweb & Geomedia


Irena Creed
- Canada Research Chair
- Cross Appointment with Biology

Irena Creed

Position: Professor
Email: icreed@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84265
Office: BGS 3023
biography

Research Interests
Watersheds, forests, hydrology, biochemistry, GIS and remote sensing

Current Research
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.


Jason Gilliland
- Director, Urban Development Program
- Cross Appointment with School of Health Studies and the Department of Paediatrics
- On Sabbatical Leave from July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018

Jason Gilliland

Position: Professor
Email: jgillila@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81239
Office: SSC 2431
biography

Research Interests
Urban studies, health geography, children's environments, GIS

Current Research
I am interested in hearing from prospective graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD) who are interested in research related to one or more research projects coordinated in the Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL) in research related to food studies, health geography and/or innovative applications of GISc/GPS. Please see my web site and contact me for details.

Teaching Interests
Land Use and Development Issues; Graduate Seminar in Urban Geography; Advanced Urban Social Geography


Milford Green

Milford Green

Position: Professor
No longer accepting graduate students
Email: mbgreen@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85025
Office: SSC 2415
biography

Research Interests
Foreign direct investment mergers


Jeff Hopkins
- Graduate Chair

Jeff Hopkins

Position: Associate Professor
Email: jhopkins@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85027
Office: SSC 2423
biography

Research Interests
Cultural geography, gender, public places

Current Research
My research interests as a cultural geographer span issues of urban-social culture (public places), politics of identities (new immigrants, genders, masculinities), and symbolic landscapes of various media (advertising, film). I am willing to discuss graduate research ideas and opportunities with both prospective MA and PhD students.

Teaching Interests
Social Geography; Urban Culture; Cultural Geography; Geography of Gender; Advanced Cultural Geography


Carol Hunsberger

Carol Hunsberger

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: chunsber@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85020
Office: SSC 2409
biography

Research Interests
Political ecology, energy justice, biofuels, pipeline politics, environmental governance

Current Research
I would be happy to hear from potential MA or PhD students who are interested in the political ecology of energy. Please visit my website to get a better sense of my research interests and feel free to contact me for further details.

Teaching Interests
Environment and Development Challenges; Energy and Power; Research Methods in Geography; Graduate Seminar in Development Geography


Fred Longstaffe
- Canada Research Chair
- Cross Appointed with Earth Sciences

Fred Longstaffe

Position: Professor
Email: flongsta@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83177
Office: BGS 1023
biography

Research Interests
Stable isotope science across the atmosphere-hydrosphere-biosphere-lithosphere (rock, soil) continuum (earth-systems science); Stable isotope and biomarker proxies for paleoclimate reconstruction in continental and lacustrine systems; Stable isotope systematics of Pleistocene and Holocene ecosystems and associated megafauna; Stable isotopic analysis of anthropological materials and its applications to environment and climate reconstruction; Stable isotope systematics of hydrous minerals; Triple oxygen-isotope systematics; Oil sands; Diagenesis of clastic sedimentary systems; Clay mineralogy; Rock-water interaction in hydrothermal systems and mineralization.


Isaac Luginaah
- Canada Research Chair
- On Sabbatical Leave until December 31, 2017

Isaac Luginaah

Position: Professor
Email: iluginaa@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86944
Office: SSC 1409
biography

Research Interests
Environment and health, air pollution, GIS and health, HIV/AIDS

Current Research
I am interested in supervising potential students at the MA, MSc and PhD levels on topics relating to health geography, environment and health and also in HIV/AIDS. Interested students are encouraged to contact me to discuss potential projects and options. Please see my web site for details.

Teaching Interests
Geography of Health and Health Care; Environment and Health; Advanced Studies in Environment, Development & Health


Jacek Malczewski

Jacek Malczewski

Position: Professor
Email: jmalczew@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85030
Office: SSC 2422
biography

Research Interests
Quantitative methods, multicriteria decision analysis, location theory and analysis, geographic information science, spatial decision support systems

Current Research
I am looking for students interested in pursuing research in the areas of land use planning and GIS.

Teaching Interests
Introduction to Spatial Analysis; Spatial Statistics; Decision-making with GIS; Thesis; Introduction to GIS (Graduate); Advanced Spatial Analysis (Graduate)


Desmond Moser
- Joint Appointment with Earth Sciences

Desmond Moser

Position: Associate Professor
Email: dmoser@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84214
Office: BGS 167
biography

Research Interests
Tectonics, geochronology


Katrina Moser
- On Sabbatical Leave from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

Katrina Moser

Position: Associate Professor
Email: kmoser@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80115
Office: SSC 2407
biography

Research Interests
Paleolimnology, climate change, paleoecology, quaternary environments, water quantity and quality, limnology

Current Research
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.

Teaching Interests
Paleolimnology and Global Environmental Change; Paleolimnology (Graduate)


Chantelle Richmond
- Cross Appointment with First Nations Studies

Chantelle Richmond

Position: Associate Professor
Email: chantelle.richmond@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85324
Office: SSC 2433
biography

Research Interests
Aboriginal health, social determinants of health, social support, health impacts of environmental change, community-based research, mixed methods

Current Research
I am always interested in hearing from students who would like to pursue graduate studies on social and environmental determinants of Aboriginal health in Canada. I may also be willing to supervise students with more general interests in the geographies of health, and/or the geographies of Aboriginal health. Please contact me directly for further details.

Teaching Interests
Indigenous Environments; Indigenous Health (Graduate)


Dan Shrubsole

Dan Shrubsole

Position: Professor
Email: dashrubs@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83126
Office: SSC 1416
biography

Research Interests
Integrated resource management (water)

Current Research
I have a variety of interests related to water and land-related resources, and am willing to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please see my web page for further details and e-mail me if you want further information.

Teaching Interests
Research Design and Presentation (Graduate)


Chris Smart

Chris Smart

Position: Professor
Email: csmart@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85007
Office: SSC 1402
biography

Research Interests
Hydrology and geomorphology

Current Research
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.


Graham Smith

Graham Smith

Position: Associate Professor
Email: lgsmith@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85011
Office: SSC 2405
biography

Research Interests
Sustainable globalization, capacity building & individual empowerment in the implementation of sustainability, dynamism as an approach to environmental change, & inquiry-based learning

Teaching Interests:
Geography of Tourism; Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management; Impact Assessment and Sustainable Resource Management; Implementing Sustainability; The Nature and Philosophy of Geography


Phil Stooke
 - Cross Appointment with Physics and Astronomy

Phil Stooke

Position: Associate Professor
Email: pjstooke@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85022
Office: SSC 2425
biography

Research Interests
Planetary mapping and space exploration

Current Research
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.

Teaching Interests
Space Exploration; Introduction to Cartography; Advanced Cartography


Jinfei Wang

Jinfei Wang

Position: Professor
Email: jfwang@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85017
Office: SSC 2402
biography

Research Interests
Remote sensing and GIS

Current Research
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.

Teaching Interests
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Remote Sensing; Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Graduate); Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis (Graduate)


Tony Weis
- On Sabbatical from July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

Tony Weis

Position: Associate Professor
Email: aweis@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87472
Office: SSC 1403
biography

Research Interests
Globalization & agriculture, political ecology, land reform & social movements, environmental conservation in inequitable landscapes

Current Research
I am happy to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please consult my web page to get a sense of my research interests.

Teaching Interests
Society and Nature; Latin America and the Caribbean: Landscapes of Inequality; Conservation & Development (not offered in 2008-2009); Development Geography (Graduate); Agriculture and Rural Development (Gradaute)


Adam Yates

Adam Yates

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: adam.yates@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85008
Office: SSC 2403
biography

Research Interests
Aquatic Ecosystems in Populated Landscapes; Development and Application of Ecological Assessment Methods for Aquatic Ecosystems; Watershed Description and Analysis

Current Research
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.