Faculty

Dr. Catherine Nolin, Chair

Associate Professor
BA (University of Calgary), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 2000)

T: 250-960-5875
E: catherine.nolin@unbc.ca
W: unbc.ca/catherine-nolin
O: New Lab 8-148

Critical development studies; field schools, political violence, violence of 'development,' mining injustice, social justice, human rights, transnationalism, migrant workers, qualitative research methodologies, Guatemala, Peru & northern BC

Winter 2018 Teaching:
GEOG 306: Geography of International Development / INTS 304 International Geography
Spring 2018: Look out for Information Sessions for Spring 2018 Field School to Guatemala


Dr. Faran Ali

Assistant Professor (2016-2019)
BSc (UET, Lahore), MSc (UNESCO-IHE, Delft), PhD (University of Saskatchewan, 2009)

T: 250-960-6355
E: faran.ali@unbc.ca
O: Teaching and Learning Building 10-2504

Spatially distributed water erosion modelling; role of large dams on suspended sediment dynamics; construction of fluvial sediment budgets for large river basins; implications of climate and land use change on watershed hydrologic regimes

Fall 2017 Teaching:
GEOG 100: Environments and People: The Geography of Natural Hazards
GEOG 111: Theory and Practice of Physical Geography
GEOG 210: Geomorphology



Sinead Earley

Lecturer (2015-2018)
BA (University of British Columbia), MA (University of Galway, Ireland), PhD (ABD, Queen's University at Kingston)

T: 250-960-6121
E: sinead.earley@unbc.ca
W: Queen's page
O: New Lab 8-213

Critical resource geographies; integrated approach to human and physical geography; blending knowledge of environmental change with a critical approach to social development; BC

Fall 2017 Teaching:
GEOG 101: Human Geographies of Global Change (Intro Human Geography)
GEOG 202: Economic Geography of Resources & Sustainability
GEOG 206: Society and Space (Social Geography)


Dr. Gail Fondahl

Professor
BA (Dartmouth College), MA, PhD (University of California, Berkeley, 1989)

T: 250-960-5856
E: gail.fondahl@unbc.ca
W: www.unbc.ca/gail-fondahl
O: New Lab 8-138

Legal geographies of indigenous rights in the Russian North; Arctic human development; Arctic social indicators; resource co-management; research co-management; geographies of reindeer herding

Fall 2017 Teaching:
GEOG  222: World Regions: Russia
GEOG 403/603: First Nations and Indigenous Geography


Dr. Neil Hanlon

Professor & Adjunct Faculty Member in School of Health Sciences and Northern Medical Program

BAA (Ryerson University), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 1998)

T: 250-960-5881
E: neil.hanlon@unbc.ca
W: unbc.ca/neil-hanlon
O: New Lab 8-136

Health geography; rural and remote health and health care; population and social change in resource-dependent communities; spatiality of health care practice

Fall 2017 Teaching
GEOG 308 Environments of Health and Care / HHSC 421 Medical Geography
NRES 773 Advanced Qualitative Research Methodologies


Dr. Greg Halseth

Professor
Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies, Director, UNBC Community Development Institute
BA (University of British Columbia), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 1993)

T: 250-960-5826
E: greg.halseth@unbc.ca
W: unbc.ca/greg-halseth
O: New Lab 8-141

Rural and small town social geography; community change/community definition; conflict between rural and cottage property owners; community development; community economic development; social, demographic and economic restructuring in resource towns

Fall 2017 Teaching: N/A

Winter 2018 Teaching:
GEOG 424/624: Social Geography of Northern Communities
POLS 332: Community Development
NRES 770: Rural and Small Town Geography



Dr. Zoë A. Meletis

Associate Professor
BA (McGill University), MScPl (University of Toronto), PhD (Duke University, 2007)

T: 250-960-5920
E: zoe.meletis@unbc.ca
O: New Lab 8-244

Human-environment relations; community & environment; development & change; place; perceptions of environment & development; tourism & ecotourism; environmental justice; political ecology; conservation; coastal development; amenity migration & rural gentrification; consumption; solid waste management. Regional foci: Latin America (particularly Costa Rica) & the Caribbean, and North America (particularly coastal Eastern North Carolina).  

Fall 2017 Teaching:
GEOG 305: Political Ecology
GEOG 498 / NRES 798: Geographies of Consumption


Dr. Brian Menounos

Professor & Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change
BA, MA (University of Colorado), PhD (University of British Columbia, 2002)

T: 250-960-6266
E: brian.menounos@unbc.ca
W: couplet.unbc.ca
O: New Lab 8-331

Research interests include glaciers and glacier change, process geomorphology, paleo-environmental reconstruction, process, Quaternary and surficial geology and surface hydrology. My current research program centres around earth surface systems in three thematic areas: Holocene glacier fluctuations; environmental controls of proglacial lake sedimentation; and recent and future changes to the cryosphere.

Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 Teaching: N/A
Spring 2018: Look out for Information Sessions for Spring 2018 Field School


Dr. Ellen Petticrew

Professor, Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology
BSc (Queen's University in Kingston, Physical Geography), MSc (University of British Columbia, Physical Geography), PhD (McGill University, Biology, 1989)

T: 250-960-6645
E: ellen.petticrew@unbc.ca
W: unbc.ca/ellen-petticrew
O: New Lab 8-137

The main focus of my research is the study of the processes and environmental significance of fine grained sediment transfers in water. My research interests involve the movement and storage of fine sediment (< 63 microns) in aquatic systems. I am interested in both the morphology, composition and quality of the sediment and the environmental effects it has on the aquatic system. I work in both river and lake systems and have in the past done some work in marine environments.

Fall 2017 Teaching:
GEOG 405/605 Fluvial Geomorphology


Dr. Roger Wheate

Associate Professor/GIS Coordinator, Acting Chair of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies graduate program
BSc Hons (University of St. Andrews), MA (Queen's University at Kingston), PhD (University of St. Andrews)

T: 250-960-5865
E: roger.wheate@unbc.ca
W: unbc.ca/roger-wheate
O: New Lab 8-307

Cartography; GIS; remote sensing; map design and use; mapping from satellite image data. Dr. Wheate's interests cover the application of remote sensing and GIS across the spectrum of NRES (Natural Resource and Environmental Studies) faculty areas. Dr. Wheat​e's main focus lies in the integration of the geomatic sciences, cartographic output, feature extraction and terrain visualisation; special interests include mountain cartography and glacier mapping using remote sensing.

Fall 2017 Teaching
GEOG 432 /632: Remote Sensing


Lab Instructor

Chris Jackson

Senior Lab Instructor
BSc (University of British Columbia), BEd (University of Western Ontario, 1995)

T: 250-960-6438
E: chris.jackson@unbc.ca
W: unbc.ca/chris-jackson
O: New Lab 8-241

I am currently responsible for instruction in second year Earth Science labs in the Geography, Forestry and Environmental Science programs at UNBC: GEOG 210 (Geomorphology), FSTY 205 (Forest Soils), and ENVS 201 (Atmospheric Science).


Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Chris Darvill

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, January 2016 - July 2017
B.Sc. (University of Exeter, UK), M.Sc. (Royal Holloway, University of London), Ph.D. (Durham University, 2014)

T: 250-960-6256
E: Christopher.Darvill@unbc.ca
O: New Lab 8-142
Twitter: @ChrisDarvill

Quaternary scientist interested in changes in past climate and how these affected the timing and nature of glacier changes


Adjunct Faculty

Sam Albers

Hydrometric Officer, Ministry of Environment
BSc (Biology) University of Victoria, MSc (Environmental Science), UNBC

T: 250-387-1817
E: Samuel.Albers@unbc.ca
W: https://github.com/boshek

Sam is interested in the function of aquatic ecosystems and their responses to nutrient and contaminant inputs. This includes natural nutrient inputs (migratory salmon), artificial inputs (fertilizations) and industrial inputs (heavy metal contamination). Sam’s interests span all levels of ecosystems from nutrients and sediment to piscivorous fish. He takes a quantitative and programmatic approach to ecosystem analysis using machine learning models; auto-regressive state space models; Bayesian approaches to stable isotope analysis and classical statistical tools.




Dr. Matthew Beedle

BSc (Earth Science) Montana State University; MSc (Geography) University of Colorado, PhD (NRES-Geography, University of Northern British Columbia, 2013)

W: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matthew_Beedle

Glaciology; glaciology; hydrology; climate change; physical geography; climatology; GIS and remote sensing


Dr. Sarah de Leeuw

Associate Professor (Northern Medical Program, UNBC), Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Investigator Scholar
BFA (University of Victoria), MA (UNBC), PhD (Geography, Queen's University at Kingston, 2007)

T: 250-960-5993
E: sarah.deleeuw@unbc.ca
W: unbc.ca/people/de-leeuw-dr-sarah
O: 9-383, NHSC

(Post)colonial geographies, First Nations and Aboriginal peoples; philosophies of place; creativity; spatial and material expressions of power; schooling and children's geographies; art and health


Dr. Eric Grunsky

 Independent Research Scientist/Consultant

Statistical evaluation and interpretation of geochemical survey data; geochemistry; Remote sensing using radar and optical satellite imagery; geological mapping; resource assessment


Dr. Sean Markey

Associate Dean (Faculty of Environment) and Associate Professor (School of Resource and Environmental Management) at Simon Fraser University

T: 778-782-7608
E: spmarkey@sfu.ca
W: http://www.sfu.ca/cscd/People/sean-markey.html

Sean's research concerns issues of local and regional economic development, rural and small-town development, community sustainability, and sustainable infrastructure. Sean continues to work with municipalities, non-profit organizations, Aboriginal communities and the business community to promote and develop sustainable forms of community economic development. He serves on the Board of Directors with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and the Vancity Community Foundation.


Marlene Morris

Co-Director, Community Development Institute (CDI) at UNBC
BA (University of British Columbia), MSc (HEC and Oxford University)

T: 250-960-9806
E: Marlene.Morris@unbc.ca
W: www.unbc.ca/cdi
O: TAL 10-1090

Multi-sectorial collaboration in community and regional development; leadership, dialogue, and trust in community and regional transformation; economic diversification in resource-based communities; community engagement and planning; housing; service provision in small towns and rural areas; rotational/mobile workforces; and community/industry relationships for workforce accommodation.


Dr. John Rex

Research Hydrologist, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations
BSc (hons.) Memorial University of Newfoundland, MSc & PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, UNBC

T: 250-960-6813
E: john.rex@gov.bc.ca
W: www.for.gov.bc.ca/rni/Research/GHstaff.htm#JR; (Project Website: www.for.gov.bc.ca/hre/ffip/)

John's research interest is in natural resource management, specifically that for water quantity and quality as well as aquatic ecology.  Past and current project areas include forest hydrology, fish-forestry interactions and riparian zone management, mountain pine beetle infestation effects on hydrology, nutrient retention and cycling in salmon-bearing streams, wood biomass leachate effects on water quality and aquatic habitat. 


Grahame Russell

Co-Director, Rights Action
BA Development and Latin American Studies, University of Guelph, 1983; LLB University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 1988 

E: info@rightsaction.org
W: rightsaction.org

Mr. Russell has over 20 years of experience working on development, human rights, environmental justice and disaster relief issues in Latin America - mainly Central America and southern Mexico. Mr. Russell lived for over 10 years in various countries in Central America and in southern Mexico. Mr. Russell’s work is that of: a human rights lawyer; director of a not-for-profit development, human rights, disaster relief & environmental protection organization (Rights Action); educator; activist. Grahame co-facilitates the Geography field schools to Guatemala with Dr. Catherine Nolin.


Retired Professors & Instructors

Dr. Kevin Hall, 2015

Mr. James (Jim) Windsor, 2014


Former Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr. Chris Darvill (PhD 2014 Durham University), 2016-2017
  • Dr. Joe Shea (PhD 2010 University of British Columbia, Canada), 2010-2012
  • Dr. Neil Williams (PhD 2005 University of Exeter, UK), 2007-2008
  • Dr. Tobias Bolch (PhD 2006 University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), 2007-2008
  • Dr. Deborah Thien (PhD 2005 University of Edinburgh, Scotland), 2006
  • Dr. Catherine Nolin (PhD 2000 Queen's University, Canada), 2001