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Current Faculty

School of Geography and Earth Sciences | McMaster University has 30 registered members
Altaf Arain
Professor, Director: McMaster Centre for Climate Change
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Hydrometeorology; Climatology; Biometeorology; Ecohydrology; Water Resources; Evapotranspiration; Forest Carbon Cycle; Ecosystem restoration; Land surface-atmosphere intercation models; Hydrologic models; Global climate models; Air pollution and health; Forest restoration and reclamation.

Melanie Bedore
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests:
Critical human geography; urban geography; economic geography; poverty and inequality; sustainable food systems. Committed to excellence in undergraduate education: innovative pedagogical approaches include discussion-based learning, adapting active learning strategies to conventional classroom spaces, cooperative learning, engaged lecturing, and promoting student metacognition
Luc Bernier
Assistant Professor
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Geomicrobiology, Environmental geochemistry of redox sensitive elements, Global biogeochemical cycles, Biological controls on climate change; Virology; Teaching philosophies.

Janok Bhattacharya
Professor, Susan Cunningham Research Chair in Geology, Associate Director (Graduate): SGES
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My general research program is mostly focused on investigating the sequence stratigraphy and 3D facies architecture of shelf, shallow marine, paralic, and fluvial depositional systems.

Joseph Boyce
Associate Professor
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Research Interests:

Geoarchaeology; Holocene Paleoenvironments; Applied Geophysics; Quaternary Geology

Sean Carey
Professor
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Research Interests:

Hydrology; Biogeochemistry; Land Surface Processes in Natural and Human Impacted Environments

Vera Chouinard
Professor
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Research Interests:

Geography of gender; Geographies of disability; Disability in the Global South; Experiences and representations of mental ill health; The inclusion and exclusion of women in northern Canadian communities; Emotions and diversity in the Occupy movement.

Paulin Coulibaly
Professor, Jointly in SGES, and Department of Civil Engineering
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Research Interests:

Water Resource; Hydroclimatic Modelling and Forecasting; Climate Variability/Change Impact on Water Resources; Hydroinformatics: Statistical and; Dynamic Data-Driven Methods in Hydrologic Data Assimilation.

Alan Dickin
Professor
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Research Interests:

Radiogenic Isotope Geology; Crustal evolution in the Grenville Province of the Canadian Shield.

Carolyn Eyles
Professor, Jointly in SGES and School of Interdisciplinary Science
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Research Interests:

Environmental geology; Glaciomarine sedimentology; Tectonic versus climatic controls on sedimentation in glaciated basins.

Alemu Gonsamo
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests:
Remote Sensing of Vegetation, Phenology, Global Change Ecology, Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, Climate Change Impact
Richard Harris
Professor
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Research Interests:

Housing; Suburban development; Urban social geography; Urban historical geography; Canadian and US cities in the twentieth century; Urban development in the British colonies.

Karen Kidd
Professor, Jointly in SGES and Department of Biology, Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health
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Research Interests:

Contaminants in Aquatic Food Webs, Forest management and stream health, Dams and dam removal

Sang-Tae Kim
Associate Professor
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Research Interests:

Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Paleoclimatology, Low Temperature Geochemistry, Analytical Geochemistry.

Gita Ljubicic
Associate Professor
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Research Interests:

Community-engaged research for northern sustainability; Human dimensions of environmental change; Indigenous knowledge; Inuit Nunangat (Inuit homelands); Northern governance and co-management; Cross-cultural research ethics and methodologies

John Maclachlan
Industry Professor
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Research Interests:

Pedagogical study of advancing the use of technologies into classroom teaching and learning; Exploration of the spatial distribution of quaternary landforms and sediments of glacial origin in southern Ontario.

Michael Mercier
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests:

Human geography; Urban geography & planning; Population studies; Geographies of health & health-care; Urban social geography; Globalization; Geographies of economic activity; Geopolitics & politcal geography; Uneven development & global inequalities; Issues in human & environmental interactions; Regional geography; Human geographic field study.

Not currently accepting graduate students.

Suzanne Mills
Associate Professor, Labour Studies programme
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Research Interests:

Building and Construction Trades' Work in Canada's North, Gender and northern resource development, Gender, sexuality and worker experiences, Indigenous peoples, work and unions, Work in northern regions and resource industries

Bruce Newbold
Professor, SGES Director
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Research Interests:

Internal migration in Canada and the United States; Immigration: settlement and adjustment; Immigration and health; Aging Issues: population mobility; Transportation; Health.

Maureen Padden
Associate Professor
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Research Interests:

Stable isotope geochemistry; Paleoceanography; Paleoclimatology; Sedimentary geology.

Antonio Paez
Professor, Associate Member of Civil Engineering
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Research Interests:

Spatial analysis and statistics; Transportation modeling; Travel behavior; Health geography; Geographic Information Science.

Alexander Peace
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests:
Structural geology, tectonic processes, applied geophysics, field geology, magmatism, seismic hazards
Eduard Reinhardt
Professor
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Research Interests:

Geoarchaeology; Marine Archaeology; Micropaleontology (foraminifera); Isotope Geochemistry; Paleoenvironmental Analysis; Catastrophic Event Stratigraphy; Quaternary Geology.

Darren Scott
Professor
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Research Interests:

Active transportation (cycling and walking); Big data (GPS); Bike share; Geographic information science (GIS); Sustainable transportation; Travel behaviour

Greg Slater
Professor
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Research Interests:

Stable Isotope Geochemistry, Environmental and Organic Geochemistry, Geobiology, Contaminant Hydrogeology, Biodegradation and Bioremediation, Astrobiology

James Smith
Professor
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Research Interests:

Water Flow and Contaminant Transport in the Subsurface; Vadose Zone Hydrology; Soil Physics; Hydrogeology; Multiphase Flow through Porous Media; Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) Behaviour and Remediation in the Subsurface; Organic Contaminants in Groundwater Systems; Soil Sciences; Applied Modelling of Subsurface Flow and Transport.

James Michael Waddington
Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ecohydrology
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Research Interests:

Ecohydrology; Impacts of drought; Wildfire and land-use change on boreal wetlands and reptiles-at-risk habitat; Watershed reclamation strategies; Wildfire mitigation strategies; Wetland habitat restoration

Allison Williams
Professor, CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health
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Research Interests:

Therapeutic landscapes; Informal/family caregiving; Home/community health care; Urban health/quality of life; Health determinants; Women's health; Sense of place; Rural health/care; Health care services/policy; Program planning and evaluation.

Robert Wilton
Professor, Associate Director (Undergraduate): SGES
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Research Interests:

Geographies of disability; Geographies of addiction and mental health; Social geographies of exclusion.

Niko Yiannakoulias
Associate Professor
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Research Interests:

Environmental risk analysis and risk communication; Environmental health; Geographic Information Science; Agent-based modelling; Geocomputation; Environmental games and game theory

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