I specialize in research on the human dimensions of environmental change, with particular attention to the relationship between environment and human migration; community adaptation to climatic variability and change; and, fostering citizen participation in environmental science.
As a former Canadian foreign service officer, I worked at Canadian diplomatic missions in Belgrade, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seattle and Vienna. In recent years I have advised UN agencies, the World Bank, and governments in Canada, the US, and Europe on issues related to climate change, migration, and security.
As an award-winning teacher, I use a range of media, methods and real-world examples to introduce students to the systematic study of human-environment relations, and engages the wider public through the popular citizen science projects RinkWatch and NatureWatch.
I hold a PhD in Geography from the University of Guelph (2005), a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Hong Kong (1995), and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Western Ontario (1989).
Graduate students interested in conducting research in my areas of expertise are welcome to contact me via email.
Undergraduate students looking to gain research experience are always welcome. Contact me via email to help with the RinkWatch and NatureWatch citizen science projects.
Office location: Arts 3C10C
Mondays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
Languages spoken: English, French
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