Research for Geographical Information Science

Some current faculty research in the Department of Gegraphy that incorporates GIS include projects related to:

  • Plains Archaeology and the spatial distribution at Fincastle Bison Kill Site
  • Late Cenozoic paleoenvironments and magnetostratigraphy
  • Glacier dynamics
  • Geomorphology of ephemeral streams
  • Global environmental change and water resources
  • GIS applications in climate, hydrology, and wildlife habitat
  • Human dimensions of environmental change
  • Remote sensing and GIS; spatial analysis and computational methods
  • Geoarchaeology, paleoenvironmental reconstruction
  • Remote sensing, texture analysis, terrain modelling
  • Microclimatology
  • Economic restructuring and rural development
  • Social change in urban Canada
  • Social and economic impacts of TSE's

Faculty in the Department of Geography also participate in the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research.

In addition to the GIS/remote sensing lab, departmental field equipment includes a new state-of-the-art Total station, and excellent DGPS system, navigational GPS systems, stream flow probes, and a selection of geographical and archaeological field equipment. The department also has a rock and fossil collection, aerial photograph collection, soil laboratory equipment, as well as a teaching map collection.

Our department offers an excellent centre for field-based research and teaching as we are situated in the coulees of the Oldman River, in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by range lands and areas of intense agricultural activity, and within a few hours of large urban centres.

Faculty at the University of Lethbridge find themselves in a unique position to:

  • access excellent undergraduate students who can provide research assistance;
  • collaborate with faculty outside of the Department of Geography on joint projects and research areas;
  • access exceptionally well-equipped facilities both on and off campus;
  • have access to personal research lab space;
  • work with community members and local industry on various projects and initiatives.
Stefan Kienzle, Chair Modelling impacts of environmental change on watershed hydrology; Creation of a digital Hydro-climatological Atlas of Alberta; GIS Applications in Wildlife Habitat and Behaviour
Rene Barendregt Late Cenozoic Paleoenvironments and Magnetostratigraphy; Quaternary geology
James Byrne Global Environmental Change and Water Resources; GIS Applications in Climate and Hydrology
Dan Johnson Invasive species; sustainable agriculture; wildlife; semi-arid ecology; population dynamics; forecasting; biological control; spatial and temporal analysis; ecological agriculture; plant-insect-vertebrate interactions; biodiversity, biogeography, biometerology; Environmental Scienec for First Nations Transistion Program.
Ian MacLachlan Urban Economic, Industrial Restructuring, Intensive Livestock Operations
Derek Peddle

Remote Sensing and GIS; Spatial Analysis and Computational Methods

Karl Staenz Remote Sensing. Leader of Alberta Terrestrial Imaging Centre.
Wei Xu Economic Restructuring and Rural Development; Spatial Analysis and GIS; Resource Assessment; China
Associate Professors
Shawn Bubel Geoarchaeology, Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction, Postdepositional Processes and Soil Genesis, Near East
Tom Johnston Human Dimensions of Environmental Change; Rural Geography and Land-Use
Ivan Townshend Social Change in Urban Canada; Quantitative Methods in Human and Physical Geography
Craig Coburn Remote Sensing, Texture Analysis, Terrain Modelling
Hester Jiskoot Glaciology, Ice Flow Dynamics, Glacier-Environment Interactions, Statistical and Numerical Glacier System Analysis
Kevin McGeough

The history, languages, and cultures of the civilizations of the Ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. I am particularly interested in the problems of integrating archaeological and historical evidence in the reconstruction of the past.

Assistant Professors


Phillip Bonnaventure Permafrost in mountain and High Arctic environments, climate change, microclimatology of mountain and boreal environments, geomorphology and Earth surface processes, hydrology, environmental modelling and Geographical Information Systems
Trent Hoover Ecological hydraulics; Interactions between fluvial geomorphology and ecological processes; Physical controls on food web processes; Fluvial transport of low-density particles
Ravinder Virk Use of Geospatial Technology in Soil Science and Mixed Grasslands; Effects of Grazing Intensity on soil properties and plant biodiversity; Change detection techniques and landuse/landcover change
Ariel Pollard-Belsheim Vulnerability and Impact assessments, Great Plains and Maritime Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Coastal and Fluvial Geomorphology, Fluvial Sustainability
Administrative Support
Margaret Cook Mgt. Cert ('02), Bachelor of Management (in progress)
Carol Gaetz
Sessional Professors
Tom Golden Contemporary Issues in Planning
Ross McKenzie Irrigation and Soils Sciences
Felix Michna Urban Planning
Eric Van Gaalen Environmental Science
Adjunct Professor
Laura Chasmer Airborne and terrestrial LiDAR, multi-spectral remote sensing, and historical aerial photography, for understanding influences of vegetation canopy structure and ground surfae topography on ecosystem energy balance within the northern Boreal and discontinuous permafrost ecozones.
Susan Crump None Specified
Wayne Davies None Specified
Ron Hall Remote sensing & GIS, forest inventory and biophysical parameter (eg., leaf area index, biomass) estimation, forest health
Ross McKenzie Agriculture, soil science, irrigation
Anne Smith None Specified