Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning
PhD Forestry, University of Toronto
MScF Forestry, University of Toronto
BSc (Honours) Physics, University of Toronto
Geopolitics & The Interface Of Media Narrative; Western Intervention & Local Dynamics In Current & Ongoing Wars; Quantitative Methods and Models; Geographic Information Systems; Landscape Ecology.
I supervise students in the graduate programs in Geography and Environmental Studies.
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
416 736 2100
https://jpodur.blog.yorku.ca/ | https://socialistproject.ca/author/justin-podur/
I study political conflict (wars), focused on a few specific parts of the world where I have traveled and worked as a journalist and translator and where the "West" (the US, UK, Canada etc.) has a heavy footprint. In my view these wars have harmed developmental and environmental aspirations, so it's imperative to work to understand them and to imagine better. Trying to understand the origins of these wars has led me further and further back into historical research, which I integrate with studies of current geopolitics.
My scientific research background has been focused on forest fires in Ontario – their spatial and temporal patterns, increases in their numbers and area burned, balancing their role as part of the landscape with the fact that they can threaten people and things of value. Looking at causes of the increases led me to an interest in climate change, and how to manage forests in light of it. My main methods have been modeling using mathematical and computer models to study fire and, now, other ecological problems. I teach landscape ecology and geographic information systems.
Recognition & Awards
- NSERC Discovery Grant
- Frank A. MacDougall Fellowship
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Canadian Forest Service (CFS) Supplement
- NSERC Post Graduate Scholarship (PGS) B
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship
|ENVS 1400||Foundations of Environmental Management - Policy, Resources, and Conservation|
|ENVS 6182||Environmental Analytics|
|GEOG 2420||Introductory Statistical Analysis|
|GEOG 4340||Spatial analysis and problem solving with GIS|