Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology 

 

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                  Bill Nelson                                   Associate Professor

Research Interests: The interaction between individual-scale life histories and the dynamics of populations and communities.

 

 

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             Brian Cumming                                      Professor

Research Interests: How ecological and environmental change occurs in lakes over decades to millennia from natural and human-based stressors, understanding modern distributions of organisms and reconstructing past communities by exloiting the richness of the deminetary record of lakes.

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies  

 

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                 Bruce Tufts                                            Professor

Research Interests: Conservation and sustainable use of freshwater fisheries in Canada, developing better approcahes for inland aquaculture in recircualtion systems.

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               Diane Orihel                                Assistant Professor 

Research Interests: the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment to guide sound public policy decisions, mercury contamination of food webs, nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms, ecological impacts of extracting and transporting unconventional oil. 

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies  

 

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                Dan Lefebvre                                         Professor

Research Interests: bioremeditation and synthetic biology, biological processes that convert environmental contaminants such as heavy metals and excess nutriets into detoxified compounds and commercially valuable products.

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                    John Smol                                             Professor

Research Interests: how ecosystems change over long time frames in response to natural and human-induced environmental change, climate change, nutrient enrichment, contaminant transport, environmental legacies of acid rain, arctic and alpine ecosystems.

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies  

 

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              Shelley Arnott                                         Professor

Research Interests: How aquatic communities respond and adapt to regional disturbance including invasive species, calcium decline, and climate change. 

 

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              Steve Lougheed                                        Professor

Research Interests: the origins of vertebrate biodiversity from single landscapes through species' ranges to entire species assemblages, quantifying human impacts on Canadian species of conservation concern.

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies  

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               Yuxiang Wang                                 Associate Professor 

Research Interests: Understanding the mechanisms that animals, primarily fish, use to achieve metabolic balance under different natural environment conditions and physiological states. Characterize the physiological mechanisms that fish use to cope with anthropogenic stressors, optimize the growth and rearing conditions for aquatic organisms. 

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies  

Department of Chemistry 

 

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           Hans-Peter Loock                                      Professor 

Research Interests: laser photochemistry and physcis, sensors and detectors. 

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               Philip Jessop                                          Professor

Research Interests: the conversion of CO2 into useful products, CO2 as a trigger for switchable systems, biomass conversion and separation. 

 

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              Stephen Brown                                Associate Professor

Research Interests: the development of new methods of environmental analysis, with emphasis on detecting small organic compounds in aqueous samples.

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies   

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            Valérie Langlois                               Associate Professor

Research Interests: the harmful effects on vertebrates, chemicals found in aquatic environments, identification of physiological responses and regulatory mehanisms in vertebrates when in the presence of environmental contaminants. 

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                       Zhe She                                        Assistant Professor

Research Interests: portable biosensors, probing biological interactions on surfaces, methods for environmental monitoring and clinical diagnostics, creating micro- and nanostructures, electrochemical properties of thin films, scanning probe microscopy techniques.

 

Environmental Studies 

 

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          Graham Whitelaw                             Associate Professor

Research Interests: Environment and sustainabiltiy, focused primarily on three interrelated themes: regional planning, monitoring and envrionemntal assessment, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. 

Cross-appointed to School of Urban and Regional Planning  

 

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               Peter Hodson                                 Professor Emeritus  

Research Interests: the toxicity of diluted bitumen to native fish species of Canada and the identification of molecular markers of oil exposure and effects. 

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                 Ryan Danby                                  Associate Professor

Research Interests: Ecosystem change (terrestrial ecosystem change and species distributions at multiple scales), Biodiversity Conservation (conservation sceince, planning and management at multiple spatial scales)

Cross-appointed to Department of Geography and Planning 

 
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                 Steven Liss                                            Professor 

Research Interests: Environmental biotehcnology, government policies impact the contributions immigrants make to innovation and investigating how universities advance a country's social wealth.

Cross-appointed to Chemical Engineering  

 

Geography and Planning 

 

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             Dongmei Chen                                       Professor 

Research Interests: the understanding and modeling of interactions between human activities and the physical environment by using GIS and remote sensing techniques and spatial modeling approaches from local to regional scales.

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies  

 

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            Mark Rosenberg                                      Professor 

Research Interests: examining changing demographic, socio-economic and geographic characteristics of various groups within the Canadian popualtion. 

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           Melissa Lafrenière                            Associate Professor

Research Interests: examining climate change and human impacts on the hydrology and biogeochemistry of alpine and arctic environments. 

 

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                 Neal Scott                                    Associate Professor 

Research Interests: understanding of the processes of carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, and how human-induced disturbances influence processes. 

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            Scott Lamoureux                                      Professor

Research Interests: hydrology, geomorphology, limnology, climatology. The role of climate and permafrost change play in altering Arctic surface waters and landscapes. 

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              Warren Mabee                                         Professor 

Research Interests: the interface between renewable energy policy and technologies, with particular emphasis on wood energy and biofuels.

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies  

Global Development Studies 

 

 
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            David McDonald                                        Professor 

Research Interests: debates over public versus private service delivery (with a focus on water, electricity and health care), but encompass a broad spectrum of related questions on urbanization, environmental justice and uneven development. 

Cross-appointed to School of Environmental Studies