Dr. Catherine Nolin

Dr. Catherine Nolin, Chair

Associate Professor, on sabbatical for 2020
BA (University of Calgary), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 2000)

Phone: 250-960-5875
Office: New Lab 8-148
Email: catherine.nolin@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/catherine-nolin

Research Interests
Critical development studies; field schools, political violence, violence of 'development,' mining injustice, social justice, human rights, transnationalism, forced migration, qualitative research methodologies, Guatemala & northern BC

Spring 2018 Field School, co-taught with Grahame Russell (Rights Action)
Field School to Guatemala: The Global Order, Injustice, and Resistance in Guatemala

Dr. Faran Ali

Dr. Faran Ali

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

Phone: 250-960-6355
Office: TAL 10-2504
Email: faran.ali@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/faran-ali

Research Interests
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 2020 Teaching
GEOG 210: Introduction to Earth Science (formerly "Geomorphology")
GEOG 416/616: Mountains

Winter 2021 Teaching
GEOG 211: Natural Hazards: Human and Environmental Dimensions (formerly "GEOG 100 Natural Hazards")
GEOG 311: Drainage Basin Geomorphology (co-taught with Dr. Phil Owens)

Dr. Gail Fondahl

Dr. Gail Fondahl, Acting Chair of Geography (2020)

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

Phone: 250-960-5856
Office: New Lab 8-138
Email: gail.fondahl@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/gail-fondahl

Research Interests
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 2020 Teaching
NRES 700: Research in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (co-taught with Dr. Art Fredeen)

Winter 2020 Teaching
GEOG 307: Changing Arctic: Human and Environmental Systems
GEOG 403/603: First Nations and Indigenous Geographies

Dr. Greg Halseth

Dr. Greg Halseth

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)

Phone: 250-960-5826
Office: New Lab 8-141
Email: greg.halseth@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/greg-halseth

Research Interests
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

Winter 2021 Teaching
GEOG 203: Canada: Places, Cultures and Identities
GEOG 324 Community-Based Research
GEOG 424/624: Northern Communities
POLS 332: Community Development

Neil Hanlon

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)

Phone: 250-960-5881
Office: New Lab 8-136
Email: neil.hanlon@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/neil-hanlon

Research Interests
Health geography; rural and remote health care accessibility; population and social change in resource-dependent communities; the spatiality of health care practice; community-based research

Spring 2020 Teaching - cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
GEOG 333 / NRES 763: Geography Field School to Death Valley (co-taught with Drs. Joe Shea and Brian Menounos)

Fall 2020 Teaching
GEOG 101: Planet Earth
GEOG 308 Health Geography / HHSC 421: Medical Geography

Winter 2021 Teaching
On sabbatical

Dr. Zoë A. Meletis

Dr. Zoë A. Meletis

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

Phone: 250-960-5920
Office: New Lab 8-214
Email: zoe.meletis@unbc.ca

Research Interests
Human-environment relations; community and 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 2020 Teaching
GEOG 202: Resources, Economies and Sustainability
GEOG 305: Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making

Winter 2021 Teaching
ENVS 309: Gender and Environment
NRES 773: Advanced Qualitative Research Methodology

Dr. Brian Menounos

Dr. Brian Menounos

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

Phone: 250-960-6266
Office: New Lab 8-331
Email: brian.menounos@unbc.ca
Web: http://couplet.unbc.ca

On sabbatical, January 1-June 30, 2020

Research Interests
Research interests include glaciers and glacier change, process geomorphology, paleoenvironmental 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.

Spring 2018 Field School, co-taught with Dr. Joe Shea
Geomorphology and Geospatial Methods in the American Southwest

Spring 2020 Teaching - cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
GEOG 333 / NRES 763: Geography Field School to Death Valley (co-taught with Drs. Joe Shea and Neil Hanlon)

Fall 2020
GEOG 212: Earth Science Careers (formerly GEOG 111-1)
GEOG 411/611: Quaternary and Surficial Geology

Dr. Ellen Petticrew

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)

Phone: 250-960-6645
Office: New Lab 8-137
Email: ellen.petticrew@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/ellen-petticrew

Research Interests
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.

Spring 2019 Teaching with Dr. Faran Ali
GEOG 333 / NRES 763: Field School: Quesnel River Research Centre (QRRC)
GEOG 298 / GEOG 498 / NRES 698: Field School: Special Topics (Eco-hydrology and water processes)

Winter 2021
GEOG 498/NRES 698 Special Topic: Geography of Earth's Critical Zone *NEW*

Joseph Shea

Dr. Joseph Shea

Assistant Professor, Environmental Geomatics
PhD (University of British Columbia - 2010), MSc (University of Calgary - 2004), BSc (McMaster University - 2001)

Phone: 250-960-6256
Office: New Lab 8-212
Email: joseph.shea@unbc.ca
Web: Google Scholar
Web: MOSH Lab
Twitter: @JosephShea

Research Interests
Snow, glaciers, climate change, hydrology, mountains, unmanned air vehicles (UAV), remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS), remote sensing, satellite.

Spring 2018 Field School, co-taught with Dr. Brian Menounos
Geomorphology and Geospatial Methods in the American Southwest

Spring 2020 Teaching - cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions
GEOG 333 / NRES 763: Geography Field School to Death Valley (co-taught with Drs. Neil Hanlon & Brian Menounos)

Fall 2020 Teaching
GEOG 250: Geospatial Analysis

Winter 2021 Teaching
GEOG 102: Earth from Above
GEOG 450/650: Advanced Geospatial Analysis **NEW**

Dr. Roger Wheate

Dr. Roger Wheate

Associate Professor/GIS Coordinator
Chair, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies graduate program (NRES)

BSc Hons (University of St. Andrews), MA (Queen's University at Kingston), PhD (University of St. Andrews)

Phone: 250-960-5865
Office: New Lab 8-307
Email: roger.wheate@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/roger-wheate

Research Interests
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 visualization; special interests include mountain cartography and glacier mapping using remote sensing.

Fall 2020 Teaching
GEOG 357: Introduction to Remote Sensing (formerly GEOG 432 Remote Sensing)

Winter 2020 Teaching
GEOG 205: Cartography and Geomatics

Senior Lab Instructor

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson

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

Phone: 250-960-6438
Office: New Lab 8-241
Email: chris.jackson@unbc.ca
Web: https://www.unbc.ca/chris-jackson

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).


Ms. Stephanie Powell-Hellyer

GEOG 200: British Columbia: People and Places (Fall 2020)
GEOG 209 Migration and Development (Fall 2020)

Postdoctoral Researchers

May Farrales

Dr. May Farrales

Postdoctoral Researcher, January 2018 - present
PhD in Geography (University of British Columbia, 2017)
The Health Arts Research Centre (HARC), UNBC

Supervisor: Dr. Sarah de Leeuw

Phone: 250-960-5994
Email: may.farrales@unbc.ca
Internet: http://healtharts.ca/profiles/may-faralles/

Research Interests
Sexualities of Filipinos in Canada; transnationalism; migration

Dawn Hoogeveen

Dr. Dawn Hoogeveen

Postdoctoral Researcher, September 2018 - present
PhD in Geography (UBC, 2016)

Supervisors: Drs. Margot Parkes & Henry Harder

Web: https://dawnhoogeveen.wordpress.com
Email: dawn.hoogeveen@unbc.ca

Research interests:
Resource geographies, environmental policy, political ecology, social and economic geography, Indigenous studies, political economy, feminism, property, environmental assessment, cumulative impacts, settler colonialism

Kriti Mukherjee

Dr. Kriti Mukherjee

Postdoctoral Researcher, April 2018- present
PhD in Geomatics Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, 2012)
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute, UNBC

Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos

Phone: 250-960-5555
Office: 4-247
Email: kriti.mukherjee@unbc.ca

Research Interests
Remote sensing and GIS, Analysis of satellite images for studies of glacier mapping and glacier mass budget, Climate change in the high mountains and its impacts on glacier response

Dr. Marieka Sax

Dr. Marieka Sax

Postdoctoral Researcher, March 2018 - present
PhD in Anthropology (Carleton University, 2017)
Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), UNBC

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Phone: 250-960-5650
Email: marieka.sax@unbc.ca
Office: 8-144

Research Interests
Resource extraction; indigenous-settler relations; gender and intersectionality; rural livelihoods; traditional medicine; qualitative research methods; Peru; northern BC

Vanessa Sloan Morgan

Dr. Vanessa Sloan Morgan

SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Researcher, September 2017 - present
PhD in Geography (Queen's University, 2017)

Supervisor: Dr. Margot Parkes (UNBC Health Sciences)
Email: vanessa.sloan.morgan@unbc.ca
Web: http://healtharts.ca/profiles/vanessa-sloan & https://ecohealthkta.net/vanessa-sloan-morgan

Research Interests
Dispossession; large scale resource extraction in northern and rural BC communities; alternative ways of relating to the land and to one another; youth

Adjunct Faculty

Sam Albers

Sam Albers

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

Phone: 250-387-1817
Email: samuel.albers@unbc.ca
Web: https://github.com/boshek

Research Interests
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

Dr. Matthew Beedle

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

Web: https://www.nwcc.bc.ca/faculty/beedle-matthew

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

Dr. Sarah de Leeuw

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)

Phone: 250-960-5993
Email: sarah.deleeuw@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/people/de-leeuw-dr-sarah
Office: 9-383, NHSC

Research Interests
(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. Bill Floyd

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
BSc University of Northern British Columbia; MSc. Oregon State University; PhD University of BC

Email: Bill.Floyd@viu.ca
Web: https://www.viu-hydromet-wx.ca/

Dr. Sean Markey

Dr. Sean Markey

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

Phone: 778-782-7608
Email: spmarkey@sfu.ca
Web: http://www.sfu.ca/cscd/People/sean-markey.html

Research Interests
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

Marlene Morris

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

Phone: 250-960-9806
Email: marlene.morris@unbc.ca
Web: http://www.unbc.ca/cdi
Office: TAL 10-1090

Research Interests
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

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

Phone: 250-960-6813
Email: john.rex@gov.bc.ca
Web: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/rni/Research/GHstaff.htm#JR
Project Website: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hre/ffip

Research Interests
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

Grahame Russell

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

Email: info@rightsaction.org
Web: http://www.rightsaction.org

Research Interests
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. 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 UNBC Geography field schools to Guatemala with Dr. Catherine Nolin.

Retired Professors & Instructors

Dr. Kevin Hall

Dr. Kevin Hall, 2015

James Windsor

Mr. James (Jim) Windsor, 2014

Former Post-doctoral Fellows

  • 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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