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Faculty and Staff

The Master in Environmental & Social Change program brings together faculty that specialize in human geography, natural sciences, and environmental studies, including numerous Canada Research Chairs. The faculty members have a wealth of experience, active research programs, and are often recruiting students to participate in and lead projects. The program also has a diverse array of staff and adjuncts that meaningfully contribute to the program and its success, as well as high impact research centres that collectively help to amplify student opportunity, experience, output.

Program Chair

${name} Matt Dyce, PhD

Matt Dyce is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. He specializes in the areas of cultural geography; theory and methodology in the social sciences; and pollical ecology and environmental history.

Research keywords: cultural geography, historical geography, environmental history, political ecology

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${name} Ryan Bullock, PhD

Ryan Bullock is Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Human-Environment Interactions and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, and Co-Chair of the Master in Environmental and Social Change program. He researches the human dimensions of environmental resources with a focus on how societies respond to social-ecological crises, conflicts and change.

Research keywords: adaptive governance, policy analysis, cross-cultural collaboration, forestry, bioenergy

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${name} Nora Cassson, PhD

Nora Casson is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Environmental Influences on Water Quality, Co-Director of the Prairie Climate Centre, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, and Co-Chair of the Master in Environmental and Social Change program. She and her research team are trying to unravel the relationships between water and nutrient cycling to understand how patterns and processes vary across the landscape and how human activities influencethe surface waters that drain forested ecosystems.

Research keywords: water quality; ecosystems; hydrology; biogeochemistry

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${name} Ed Cloutis, PhD

Ed Cloutis is Director of the Centre for Terrestrial and Planetary Exploration (C-TAPE) and a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. He is an engineer and geologist, and his research includes environmental monitoring, mineral exploration, and planetary exploration.

Research keywords: environmental monitoring; remote sensing; spectroscopy; mineral exploration; planetary exploration

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${name} Alan Diduck, PhD

Alan Diduck is a Professor and Department Chair of Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg. He is trained as a lawyer and geographer, and his research deals with community engagement in environmental governance, the learning implications of involvement and the consequences for social aspects of sustainability, such as adaptive capacity and environmental justice.

Research keywords: public participation, environmental governance, impact assessment, social learning, social sustainability

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${name} Patricia Fitzpatrick, PhD

Patricia Fitzpatrick is a Professor in the Department of Geography, and an Instructor in the Master’s of Development Practice – Indigenous Focus -  at the University of Winnipeg. As a resource management geographer, she is concerned with what we can do to better manage our resources, and in turn, foster resilient and healthy communities?  To this end, Dr. Fitzpatrick’s research focuses on different aspects of environmental governance surrounding energy and mining development in Canada.

Research keywords: impact assessment; follow-up, monitoring & adaptive management; corporate social responsibility; public engagement; mining; energy

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${name} Srimathie Indraratne, PhD

Srimathie Indraratne is an Instructor and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg. She is a soil mineralogist working on environmental issues of contamination and remediation of soil and water by heavy metals.

Research keywords: soil contamination, toxic trace elements, organic and inorganic amendments, clay mineralogy, bioavailability of metals

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${name} Darshani Kumaragamage, PhD

Darshani Kumaragamage is a Professor in Environmental Studies and Sciences at the University of Winnipeg. She has a BSc in Agriculture and a PhD in Soil Science with over 30 years of teaching and research experience at the University level. She has an active research program at the University of Winnipeg focusing on reducing phosphorus loadings to water bodies through better management practices.

Research keywords: phosphorus, soil, water quality

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${name} Ian Mauro, PhD

Ian Mauro is the Executive Director of the Prairie Climate Centre and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. He is an environmental scientist, geographer, and filmmaker and his research focuses on the linkages between science and storytelling, specifically regarding climate, environment and social change issues.

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${name} Christopher Storie, PhD

Dr. Storie is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography and also serves as the Director of the Institute of Urban Studies. He is a geomatics specialist working in the areas of GIS, satellite image analysis, big data, high performance computing and deep learning for image segmentation. His research focuses on the application of deep learning models for land cover mapping as well as other specialized applications at the confluence of geomatics and applied computer science.

Research Keywords: remote sensing, geomatics, neural networks, big data, HPC

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${name} Jacques Tardif, PhD

The research interests pursued in by my laboratory are centered on understanding forest dynamics and how trees and other plant species are responding to both small and large scale forest disturbances (wind, insect outbreaks, fire, etc.). We use tree-ring analysis to reconstruct forest disturbances and to analyze the response of trees to these agents of change. We also use tree-ring analysis and wood anatomy to study the impact of climate on tree growth. Dendrochronological reconstruction of past environmental conditions also helps us to better understand the linkages between climate variability and forest disturbances. Searching Manitoba for old living and dead trees and studying the ecology of tree species reaching their northern distribution limit are also major research activities of our laboratory. Understanding how todays’ climate extremes affect tree-ring formation (width, cell size, etc.) allows to reconstruct in time the frequency of these climatic events given we find old trees.

Research Keywords: tree rings, forest disturbances, climate change, wood anatomy, extreme climate events, dendrohydrology, dendroclimatology, dendroecology

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${name} Marc Vachon, PhD

Marc Vachon is the Principal Editor of the Canadian Journal of Urban Research (CJUR) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. He is an urban geographer and his research focuses on architecture and city planning, housing (condo & micro-condo), urban and community planning, and avant-garde movement of the 20th century.

Research keywords: architecure, downtown devitalization, housing, urban planning

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${name} Richard Westwood, PhD

Richard Westwood is a Professor in the Environmental Studies and Sciences Dept. and the Biology Dept. His research focuses on a wide variety of environmental issues including conservation and protection of threatened and endangered insects and plants in prairie and boreal forest ecosystems, impacts of commercial forestry activities on forest biodiversity, improved urban tree health and protection techniques in urban forests and management of forest pests in commercial forestry landscapes.

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