PhD Biology, Queen's University
BScH Biology, Queen's University
Quaternary Environments; Landscape Disturbance; Permafrost Thaw; Aquatic Ecosystems; Arctic Coasts.
I supervise students in the graduate programs in Geography.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3, Ross Building S406
416 736 2100 ext 22002
My research interests focus on landscape disturbances and how they impact ecosystem processes. I’m particularly interested in the connection between physical disturbances and ecosystem changes, including the biogeography of organisms, in the context of climate warming. I use lake sediment records (the science of paleolimnology) to reconstruct past environments where direct monitoring data are sparse or absent, to understand past ecosystem changes. My current research is examining the impacts of the thaw of ice-rich permafrost and subsequent geomorphic disturbances such as thaw slumping and cryogenic landslides on aquatic ecosystem functioning, focused on the Mackenzie Delta region in northwestern Canada.
Recognition & Awards
- Teaching Award, Department of Geography
- W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship for Northern Research
- Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
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