Brenda Murphy is an associate professor of Geography and Contemporary Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus. She studies risk and resilience issues within the context of small, rural and remote communities and spaces. Her research encompasses many hazards including tornadoes, water contamination, blackouts, and nuclear waste. Most recently, through a study on maple syrup production, her work focuses on developing approaches to undertaking research across disciplines and cultures, particularly in the context of climate change.
Annette Chrétien is a Métis woman from Sudbury, Ontario. She obtained her PhD from York University in 2005. Her research specializes in contemporary Métis identities and Indigenous Knowledge, especially in Ontario and Québec. Chrétien’s interest in climate change and maple syrup is rooted in her family traditions. She is currently working on her first book, “Mapping Contemporary Métis Identities”.
Dr. L.J. Brown is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University. Over the past 15 years, she has collaborated with international and local academic and government institutions, fellow researchers and stakeholders while researching aspects of climate and environmental change, soil erosion, desertification, water quantity and quality and best management practises. Her approach to research focuses primarily on incorporating our understanding of natural processes into developing spatial environmental models. These models utilize Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System techniques and numeric algorithms coupled with climate and meteorological data to produce spatially distributed forecasts. These modelled results are used to identify high potential risk areas and target remediation and mitigation solutions.
Daniel Lamhonwah is a graduate from the University of Waterloo receiving a Bachelors of Environmental Studies, Honours Geography and Wilfrid Laurier University receiving a Masters of Environmental Studies in Geography(2011). His primary research interest is the use of GIS and remote sensing to guide resource management, climate change adaptation and wildlife conservation policies in Ontario. Daniel has been a principal student researcher in a SSHRC-funded project to model the responses of sugar maple trees to climate change in the province. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Geographers, the National Geographic Society and the Wilfrid Laurier Graduate Geographers Association.
Amy Hluchyj is a fourth year student at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is in the Contemporary Studies program with a minor in Geography and the Children’s Education and Development option. She joined the research team in September 2010. Her focus is on the resiliency of the maple syrup industry to climate change as well as the adaptive measures that can be taken to help ensure a strong viable future. Along with her academic achievements Amy is a long time competitive synchronized figure skater.
Jennifer Angermann is a third year student at Wilfrid Laurier/Nipissing University, Brantford Campus. She is currently studying Concurrent Education with an honours in Contemporary Studies but plans on furthering her education in persuit of a career focused on environmental change and sustainability. Her interest in climate change and existing involvement with maple syrup production is what initially prompted her great interest in this research project.
Kate Porteous is in her third year at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford campus. Although a criminology student, Kate is interested in learning about many different things and being involved in different opportunities such as the maple syrup project. She has been a part of the maple syrup project since January 2011 and has already learned so much about the process of maple syrup and the effects climate change has on maple syrup production. After completing her undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University, Kate hopes to travel to British Columbia to complete a Master’s program.