Faculty and staff

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Program Chair

  • Catherine Nolin
    BA Geography (University of Calgary), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 2000)
    • Professor
    • Program Chair, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5875
    Cell:
    250-961-5875
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-148

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Geography ; MA Interdisciplinary Studies

    Catherine Nolin is Professor and Chair of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. Since July 2020, Catherine is Chair of the Conference of Latin American Geography (CLAG). CLAG is the premier organization for...

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Faculty

  • Dr. Faran Ali
    BSc (UET, Lahore), MSc (IHE, Delft), PhD (University of Saskatchewan, 2009)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6355
    Office Number:
    TAL 10-2504

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  • Dr. Gail Fondahl
    PhD, MA University of California - Berkeley; BA Dartmouth College
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5856
    Office Number:
    8-138
    Dr. Gail Fondahl is a Professor of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Her PhD is from the University of California-Berkeley. Professor Fondahl’s research focuses on the legal geographies of indigenous territorial rights in the Russian North, and the cultural and...

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  • Greg Halseth
    BA (University of British Columbia), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 1993)
    • Professor, Geography
    • Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies
    • Co-Director, UNBC Community Development Institute
    Phone:
    250-960-5826
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-141

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Geography ; MNRES

    Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies, and the founder and Co-Director of the UNBC Community Development Institute. His research examines regional development...

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  • Dr. Neil Hanlon
    BAA (Ryerson University), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 1998)
    • Professor, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5881
    Office Number:
    Teaching Laboratory 8-136

    Supervises in: MA NRES Geography ; MA Interdisciplinary Studies ; MSc Health Sciences ; PhD NRES

    President of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), 2020-2022

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  • Zoë Meletis
    BA (McGill University), MScPl (University of Toronto), PhD (Duke University, 2007)
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5920
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-214

    Supervises in: MA NRES Geography ; MA NRES Environmental Studies

    Zoë teaches ENVS 309 Gender and Environmental Studies. She is a member of the Geography Program. Zoë's work to date has focused on tourism and ecotourism development, local perceptions of environment and place, consumption (the politics of; the impacts of; alternative forms of), international...

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  • Dr. Brian Menounos
    BA, MA (University of Colorado), PhD (University of British Columbia, 2002)
    • Professor, Geography
    • Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change
    Phone:
    250-960-6266
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-331
    Brian is a professor of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and a Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003.

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  • Ellen Petticrew
    BSc (Queen's University in Kingston, Physical Geography), MSc (University of British Columbia, Physical Geography), PhD (McGill University, Biology, 1989)
    • Professor,
    • Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology
    Phone:
    250-960-6645
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-137
    Dr. Petticrew's research interests involve fluxes to and in aquatic systems, at a variety of scales. Fluxes of sediment, nutrient and contaminants have been investigated in recent research including 1) the influence of forest harvesting on sediment yields to British Columbian lakes, 2) the...

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  • Joseph Shea
    PhD (University of British Columbia - 2010), MSc (University of Calgary - 2004), BSc (McMaster University - 2001)
    • Assistant Professor, Environmental Geomatics
    Phone:
    250-960-6256
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-212

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MSc NRES

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  • Roger Wheate
    BSc Hons (University of St. Andrews), MA (Queen's University at Kingston), PhD (University of St. Andrews)
    • Professor
    • GIS Coordinator
    • Chair, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Graduate Program
    Phone:
    250-960-5865
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-307
    Dr. Wheate's interests cover the application of remote sensing and GIS across the spectrum of NRES (Natural Resource and Environmental Studies) research areas. His main focus lies in the integration of the geomatic sciences, cartographic output, feature extraction and terrain visualisation;...

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Senior Lab Instructors

  • BSc (University of British Columbia), BEd (University of Western Ontario, 1995)
    • Senior Lab Instructor
    Phone:
    250-960-6438
    Office Number:
    Teaching Lab 8-241
    Chris is responsible for instruction in second year Earth Science labs in the Geography, Forestry and Environmental Science programs at UNBC: GEOG 210 (Introduction to Earth Science), FSTY 205 (Forest Soils), and ENVS 201 (Atmospheric Science).

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  • BSc University of Northern British Columbia
    • Senior Lab Instructor

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Instructors

Postdoctoral Researchers

Adjunct Faculty

  • Sam Albers
    BSc (Biology) University of Victoria, MSc (Environmental Science), UNBC
    • Adjunct Professor
    Phone:
    250-387-1817

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  • BSc (Earth Science) Montana State University; MSc (Geography) University of Colorado, PhD (NRES-Geography, University of Northern British Columbia, 2013)
    • Adjunct Professor
    • Coast Mountain College, Geography College Professor
    Phone:
    250-615-3335

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  • Sarah de Leeuw
    BFA (University of Victoria), MA (UNBC), PhD (Geography, Queen's University at Kingston, 2007)
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    • Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities
    • Associate Professor (Northern Medical Program)
    Phone:
    250-960-5993
    Office Number:
    Room 9-383, NHSC
    An award winning researcher and creative writer whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies, Sarah de Leeuw grew up and has spent most of her life in Northern British Columbia, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace. She is the Research Director of the Health Arts Research Centre...

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  • BSc University of Northern British Columbia; MSc. Oregon State University; PhD University of BC
    • Adjunct Professor
    Research Hydrologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Leader of Coastal Hydrology & Climate Change Research Lab, and adjunct professor in Geography at Vancouver Island University.

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  • Sean Markey
    BA (Political Science), UBC; MES (Environmental Studies), York University; PhD (Economic Geography), Simon Fraser University; MCIP, (Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners) and RPP (Registered Professional Planner)
    • Adjunct Professor
    Phone:
    778-782-7608
    Associate Dean (Faculty of Environment) and Associate Professor (School of Resource and Environmental Management) at Simon Fraser University

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  • BA (University of British Columbia), MSc (HEC and Oxford University)
    • Adjunct Professor
    • Co-Director, Community Development Institute (CDI) at UNBC
    Phone:
    250-960-9806
    Office Number:
    10-1090

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  • Dr. John Rex
    BSc (Hons.) Memorial University of Newfoundland, MSc & PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, UNBC
    • Adjunct Professor
    Team Lead, Research and Stewardship, Omineca Region at BC Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource OperationExperienced Hydrologist with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Skilled in Watershed Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Awareness,...

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  • Grahame Russell
    BA Development and Latin American Studies, University of Guelph, 1983; LLB University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 1988
    • Adjunct Professor
    Mr. Russell has over 25 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....

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Former Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr. May Farrales (PhD, 2017 – University of British Columbia), January 2018 - July 2020 - supervisor: Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
  • Dr. Michael Lait (PhD, 2017 - Carleton University), September 2017 - December 2018 - supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
  • Dr. Levan Tielidze (PhD), October 2015-February 2016; March - September 2017 - supervisor: Dr. Roger Wheate
  • Dr. Chris Buse (PhD, 2015 - University of Toronto), 2016-2017 - co-supervisors: Drs. Greg Halseth & Margot Parkes
  • Dr. Chris Darvill (PhD, 2014 - Durham University), 2016-2017 - supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos
  • Dr. Alex Martin (PhD, 2012 - University of Northern British Columbia, Canda), 2012-2013 - supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
  • Dr. Joe Shea (PhD, 2010 - University of British Columbia, Canada), 2010-2012 - supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos
  • Dr. Neil Williams (PhD, 2005 - University of Exeter, UK), 2007-2008 - supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew
  • Dr. Tobias Bolch (PhD, 2006 - University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), 2007-2008 - co-supervisors: Drs. Brian Menounos & Roger Wheate
  • Dr. Deborah Thien (PhD, 2005 - University of Edinburgh, Scotland), 2006 - supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
  • Dr. Catherine Nolin (PhD, 2000 - Queen's University, Canada), 2001-2002 - supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl

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