Meet our Graduate Students

PhD Students

Marcus Dostie

Primary Supervisors: Stefan Kienzle and Louise Barrett
Committee: Peter Henzi and Shawn Bubel

Thesis Title: TBA

Research interests: Environmental influences on monkey movement

Peter Kennedy

Primary Supervisors: Craig Coburn and Anne Smith
Committee: Howard Cheng and Derek Peddle

Thesis Title: Automatic map-guided large area land-cover classification

Research interests: Automatic classification, map-guided classification, large-area classification, decision trees, class probability calibration, automatic optimization of stratification, image chain uncertainties, empirically-based ray-traced BRDF models, cloud modelling and rendering

Gaelle Gilson

Primary Supervisors: Hester Jiskoot
Committee: Christopher Hopkinson and Matthew Letts

Thesis Title: The Influence of Arctic sea fog on coastal glacier melt.

Research interests: Glaciology: glacier-climate interactions, glacier surface energy balance; Arctic climate change; Arctic atmospheric marine boundary layer processes: Arctic sea fog and temperature inversions; Climate feedbacks: clouds, dimethylsulfide and cryosphere-albedo feedbacks; biogeochemistry of sea ice.

Shaghayegh Mirmasoudi

Primary Supervisors: James Byrne
Committee: Roland Kröbel, Ryan MacDonald, Dan Johnson, Ross McKenzie

Thesis Title: High-resolution modelling of climate change impacts on water supply and demand, crop nutrient usage and GHG emissions in western Canada.

Research interests: Integrated watershed management: Climate change impacts on water resources and crop yield, Crop modelling, Farm Green House Gases (GHG) management, Soil nutrient modelling, Evapotranspiration modelling, Runoff modelling.

Fariborz Mansouri

Primary Supervisors: James Byrne
Committee: Paul Hazendonk, Bryson Brown, and Locke Spencer

Thesis Title: Integrated renewable energy networks in Alberta

Research interests: Integrated renewable energy networks, Designing and analyzing renewable energy systems, Climate change mitigation and adaptation, Earthquake resistant design of buildings, The seismic behavior and design of concrete and steel structures.

Ronqxu Qiu

Primary Supervisors: Wei Xu
Committee: John Zhang and Karl Staenz

Thesis Title: Computer Simulation of Geospatial Dynamics How does Urban land use Grow and Evolve

Research interests: GIS & Spatial Analysis, Urban Land Use, Urban Spatial Inequality, Agent-based Modeling, Cellular Automata, Regional and Urban Planning

MSc Students

Cara Adrain

Primary Supervisor: Dan Johnson
Committee: Craig Coburn and Joseph Rasmussen

Tentative title: Exploring the biocontrol option for treatment of an invasive macrophyte Christina Lake, British Columbia

Research interests: My research interest is in the area of biological control with a focus on modeling the interaction between an aquatic macrophyte, Myriophyllum spicatum, and a potential biological control agent, Euhrychiopsis lecontei.

Sean Herridge-Berry

Primary Supervisor: Christopher Hopkinson
Committee: TBA

Thesis title: Using Lite Emitting Diode Detection and Ranging (LEDDAR) for real-time water level monitoring

Research interests: LEDDAR, flood monitoring, GIS, thermal remote sensing, change detection

Colin Langhorn

Primary Supervisor: Stefan Kienzle
Committee: Hester Jiskoot and Howard Cheng

Thesis title: Parameterization of AquaCrop model and simulating climate change impacts on crop yield in Southern Alberta

Research interests: Climate change impacts on agriculture and water resources

Joshua Montgomery

Joshua Montgomery

Primary Supervisor: Christopher Hopkinson
Committee: Stewart Rood and Laura Chasmer

Thesis title: Analysis of Annual and Seasonal Wet Area Extents of Wetlands in a Watershed Context Using Data Fusion

Research interests: My research interests combine physical geography, ecology, remote sensing and biodiversity conservation for quantification of seasonally and annually changing hydrology and riparian functions of wetlands

Courtney Rieger

Courtney Rieger

Primary Supervisor: James Byrne

Thesis title: (tentative) Multi-lateral climate change communication using citizen science as a tool for adaptation

Research interests: Can OpenStreetMap as citizen science software that engages the global community, be used as a mechanism to communicate the impacts of climate change? If so, can its contribution to disaster preparedness, increase the adaptability of vulnerable communities? My conceptual framework includes defining climate change, vulnerability, adaptive capacity, disaster and risk preparation and response, as well as citizen science. The natural disasters I focus on are climate induced, specifically tropical cyclones, flooding and storm surges. I also have a case study review to support the methodology of my research proposal which utilizes OpenStreetMap crisis mapping.

Dave McCaffrey

Primary Supervisor: Christopher Hopkinson

Thesis title: Treeline Reconstruction in the Canadian Rocky Mountains: Novel Methods and Historic Comparisons.

Research interests: Ecology, Hydrology and Remote Sensing

Charmaine Bonifacio

Primary Supervisor: Stefan Kienzle
Committee: Wei Xu and John Zhang

Thesis title: Estimation of water availability under climate change within the upper Oldman Dam Watershed.

Research interests: My research topic is the estimation of water availability under climate change in the Oldman Dam watershed using the Agricultural Catchments Research Unit (ACRU) model. I am interested in improving ACRU model through better data processing and management as well as the automation of modelling procedures using a combination of programming languages such as VBA, Phython, and Fortran.

Stephnie Watson

Primary Supervisor: Dan Johnson
Committee: James Byrne and Amir Akbary

Thesis title: TBA

Research interests: Environmental Assessment of Public Transit, Agriculture Disease Tracking, Meteorological Analysis (ex.Precipitation Capture), Environmental Risk Management, Environmental Policy

MA Students

Trina Burgess

Trina Burgess

Primary Supervisor: Ivan Townshend
Committee: Tom Johnston and Susan McDaniel

Thesis title: Locational Patterns and Housing Preferences of Millennials in Canada

Research interests: Where young adults choose to live and why