Graduate Students

Neil Hanlon, Ph.D.
Queen's University at Kingston (Ph.D.)
Associate Professor & Program Chair

Graduate Student Research Opportunities
I invite correspondence from potential graduate students interested in exploring rural and remote health topics. I have funding to support graduate student research from a variety of sources, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. I have developed extensive contacts with Northern Health (a regional health authority in BC), and with providers and community groups in communities throughout northern BC. I can supervise Masters level research in the following programs: Community Health (MSc); Interdisciplinary Studies (MA); and Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MA – Geography). I am also able to supervise doctoral studies in two programs at UNBC: Health Sciences; and Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. If you are interested in health geography and would like more information about pursuing graduate or postdoctoral studies at UNBC, please contact me by email at or phone (250-960-5881).  
Current Graduate Student Supervision 
Jessica Blewett 
Jessica Blewett
BA, MA NRES-Geography student, started Jan '11
Thesis topic: Mapping barriers to access in the built environment for persons with physical limitations
Brooke Eschuk 
Brooke (Frykas) Eschuk
BA, MA NRES-Geography candidate, started Jan '09

Thesis topic: Access to organised sports, public green space for unstructured play, & family income in Prince George, BC

I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography at UNBC in April 2007. After spending some time in the environmental consulting world, I have come back to university to begin graduate studies in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies program. My topic involves the issues of community health and wellbeing with a focus on children’s access to an active lifestyle across income levels in Prince George.
Leana Garraway 
Leana Garraway
BA, MA Interdisciplinary Studies student, started Sept '10
Thesis topic: Knowledge to action: First Nations engagement with research for community empowerment

Joe LeBourdais 
Joe LeBourdais
BA, MA NRES-Geography candidate, started Sept '07
Thesis topic: Community development & implications on access to health care and health service, Peace River Regional District, BC
I completed my undergraduate degree in Geography in April of 2007 with a First Nations Studies minor. I then started graduate studies in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies in September 2007 with an research topic involving  community development and its implications on access to health care and health services. The setting that this research takes place in is the Peace River Regional District, as major barriers of distance and sparse concentrations of people make accessing services difficult. My ambitions after graduate school are to work in the community development field.
Completed Graduate Students
Rachel M. Clasby
BA, MA NRES Geography '07
I was born in Dawson Creek and grew up in Burnaby. During my undergraduate studies, I attended Capilano College and Simon Fraser University before completing my degree in Human Geography at UNBC in 2003. In January 2004, I began a Master’s in Natural Resource and Environmental Studies. My topic explores the role of local governance in responding to population aging in the town of Mackenzie, a resource-dependent community (pop’n 5,500) in northern BC. In the summer of 2004, I participated in the Mackenzie and Area Seniors’ Needs Overview study. Final Reports from this project are available for downloading below.
Jessica (McGregor) Place
BA, MA NRES Geography '07
I completed my degree in Human Geography at UNBC in April 2005 and shortly thereafter commenced graduate studies in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. My thesis will identify the health impacts of land use changes resulting from mining development in a First Nations community in northern British Columbia.
In 2003-2004, I participated in a collaborative research project that used Geographic Information Systems to measure access to 24 hour emergency services in northern British Columbia. The results are published in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine and are accessible online at
Pamela (Prior) Tobin
BA, MA Interdisciplinary Studies '07
In 2005, I graduated from UNBC with a degree in Anthropology. In 2007, I completed an Interdisciplinary Master¹s Program with a focus on Aboriginal Health and my research interests include food security in rural and remote communities and impacts that may have on health outcomes.
I am trained as an ophthalmic technician and had worked in the field of ophthalmology in both urban and remote communities in both Newfoundland and British Columbia. I am interested in continuing my education in the prevention of chronic disease through the study of culture, place, and health.