The following is a list of research opportunities with faculty in the department of Geography, Planning and the Environment.
Pascale Biron My main research interests are in hydro-geomorphology and river restoration for fish habitat. I combine field work with numerical modelling and GIS to better understand river dynamics, in particular in perturbed environments where human interventions are frequently disrupting natural river processes. One of the main objectives of my research is to increase river systems resilience in the context of climate change where the amplitude and variability of both liquid and solid discharge will increase, and where water quality will likely degrade due to decreasing discharge combined to increasing temperature in the summer.
David Greene I am looking for a master's student to study the biomechanics of pollen release and dispersal in hybrid canola in Alberta. This requires at least some background in physics or engineering.
Jochen Jaeger There are currently several positions open for (1) MSc students, (2) 1 Research Associate (with MSc or PhD degree), and (3) one postdoc in (1) a young project about the role of uncertainties in Environmental Impact Assessments (qualitative methods), (2) a young project about the effects of roads on medium-sized and small mammals (fieldwork, quantitative data analysis and publications), and (3) in a brand-new project about urban sprawl in Europe; see my website for more information. Other fields of research where you can do research projects with me include landscape ecology with a focus on landscape fragmentation, road ecology, urban sprawl, ecological modelling, environmental indicators, and environmental impact assessment.
Damon Matthews I am looking for master's students to work on modelling contemporary climate change and greenhouse gas cycles. Potential projects include: (1) the effect of land-use change on carbon sinks and climate; and (2) modelling atmospheric chemistry processes to simulate the primary sinks for human emissions of methane and nitrous oxide.
Judith Patterson I am looking for master's students to work on research projects in the field of peak conventional fuels and the rise of unconventional fuels, and combustion related emissions in transportation (specifically aviation). Potential projects include a) the role of water in extraction and processing of unconventional fuels, b) oil and gas development in Quebec, and c) effect of mixing height on aircraft emission inventories at airports. I also have supervised students research on small scale solar energy projects. I will look at potential ideas students may also have for research within these areas. I am also looking for a student for a research study on carbon sequestration in eel grass in the Comox Estuary, B.C. This student would need an undergraduate B.Sc. degree in biology, chemistry, or biochemistry.
Monica Mulrennan I am interested in supervising graduate students in the areas of indigenous resource management, community-based resource management, indigenous ecological knowledge, small-boat fisheries development, marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and coastal and marine management.
Kevin Gould I am looking for a Master's student who would like study the connections between military-led economic development and racialization in 1960s Guatemala.
Alan Nash I am looking for students with an interest in food studies in general, and the geographical study of restaurants in particular.
Norma Rantisi I am interested in supervising student research projects relating to local economic development, such as the geography and social organization of cultural industries, restructuring in traditional manufacturing industries, local economic development policy; workforce development; and social or alternative economic enterprises.
Ted Rutland I am interested in supervising graduate student research on: the history of Montreal (especially the history of urban planning, policing, and/or social movements); more recent struggles over urban space, planning, or policing (in Montreal or elsewhere); and the ever-evolving connections between planning, policing, and imprisonment.
Sébastien Caquard My research critically examines the emerging forms of mapping, such as the geoweb, and how they apply to a range of domains including environmental issues. I have funding for two graduate students interested in investigating the complex relationships that exists between places and fictions (e.g. films) using geospatial technologies (GIS, cartography, the geoweb).
Pierre Gauthier I am eager to supervise master's students who are interested in the morphogenesis of built environments - the evolution of urban and architectural forms - and in topics such as: (1) the impacts of Planning theories on urban form (2) vernacular architecture and the genesis of "compact" city forms; (3) transportation infrastructures and urban form - in particular the impact of urban highways on the quality of urban form.
Zachary Patterson I am looking for master's students to work on modelling the linkages between transportation and land use and the environment. Projects for which I am currently looking for students include: (1) stated choice techniques in residential and household location; and (2) residential location and mode preference stability in the context of integrated transportation and land-use modeling.
Craig Townsend I am looking for MSc students to research urban transportation, including the relationship between transportation infrastructure and urban form. Potential projects include: (1) the social equity impacts of urban transportation infrastructure, (2) the relationship between rapid transportation infrastructure (freeways and rapid transit) and urban form, (3) the comparative analysis of urban population densities and public policies seeking to influence them, and (4) the history of bus rapid transit policies and projects.