Graduate Research Opportunities

I’m always happy to chat about research opportunities for students with interests in terrestrial hydrology and/or remote sensing. Positions are available for students at the PhD or MSc level. Several funded positions are typically available to students interested in the applied use of GIS and remote sensing for observation of soil moisture (both passive and active sensors), soil freeze thaw processes, and agricultural land management.  All projects provide excellent opportunities for combining field work, laboratory and computer analysis.  We have field sites in the arctic, within boreal forests, and in agricultural regions.  Students with backgrounds in Physical Geography or Geomatics, Physical Sciences, Engineering or Computer Sciences are encouraged to contact me to discuss available projects and funding opportunities.

Environmental Governance

I am always looking for outstanding graduate students with interests and expertise in environmental governance most generally. More narrowly, my current research funding would support: MA and PhD students focused on any of: novel governance in Canada's mining sector; Indigenous communities, energy transitions, and carbon management; and agri-environmental stewardship in highly productive landscapes.  Looking for students to begin fall 2020.

Social and Spatial Dimensions of Energy Transition

Dr Calvert is interested in working with a graduate student on a project that would involve participatory mapping and / or spatial analysis to better understand how renewable energy development is reshaping social relationships to land, broadly speaking. The project could touch on themes in energy geography, landscape studies, political ecology, and other related perspectives / conceptual frameworks. Our aim is to develop processes for community involvement in energy planning, while improving urban-rural relations as the transition to renewables continues to unfold.

Interested candidates should email Dr. Kirby Calvert at (email address). If planning to apply, please first provide Dr. Calvert with an unofficial transcript, a writing / research sample, and a resume before submitting an application to the University.

The Surface Processes Research Group (SPRG) is looking for enthusiastic scholars to join our research team as a funded MSc candidate in Fall 2020.  In particular, individuals driven by curiosity and a keen sense for understanding the processes that shape the world around us through a geoscience lens.

  • Potential graduate or senior undergraduates interested in how fluvial geomorphology and ecohydrology intersect within the context of disturbed systems (e.g., land use land change, climate variability, pre & post disasters or extreme events) are encouraged to get in touch via email if you have any questions or would like to discuss the topics listed on the SPRG webpage.

I am seeking motivated graduate students with a background in Remote Sensing and GIS to work on topics relating to optical and SAR remote sensing and ecosystem change dynamics. I aim to recruit 1 or 2 MSc students to start in Fall 2020. Some topics of interest include:

  • Wetland inundation monitoring using optical and SAR satellite data
  • Disturbance-recovery dynamics in forested and wetland ecosystems
  • Multi-sensor flood disaster monitoring

Please contact me at for a more detailed discussion on these topics of interest, as well as potential funding opportunities. Interested candidates are encouraged to send me a resume/CV, a statement of interest and unofficial transcripts.

We are currently looking for graduate students at the MSc and PhD level, who are enthusiastic about research in climate change, global food security and sustainability, and particularly in our three main research projects, below:

  1. Exploring novel agricultural frontiers (seeking 1-2 PhD students, and 1-2 MSc students);
  2. Human dimensions of the digital agricultural revolution (seeking 1-2 PhD students, and 1-2 MSc students); and
  3. Assessing the impact of climate change on food system diversity in the arid mountains of Nepal (seeking 1-2 MSc students).

More information on these projects is included in the linked pdf file. Students will receive financial support following the policy in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics. Additional support in terms of research expenses and conference participation will also be provided. Interested candidates should send a statement of interest to Dr. Krishna KC ( and Rachel Lee (

Forest Ecology, Climate Change, Wildfire

Please contact me regarding potential graduate student opportunities ( (email address) ). I encourage applications from not only biogeographers, but also individuals with backgrounds in ecology, botany, climatology, forestry, statistics, or other related disciplines.

Political Ecology, Marine Conservation and Resource Management

I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students (MA or PhD) who share my research interests in marine conservation governance and/or the science-policy interface in the context of conservation and environmental governance. Please contact me directly to discuss possible opportunities, including a CV/resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and statement of interest.

Funded MA/PhD Opportunity: Global Biodiversity Targets and Indigenous-led Conservation

I seek a student to join a long-term project examining knowledge politics in relation to global biodiversity conservation.  In particular, I am looking for a student who is interested in the intersection between Global Biodiversity Targets (especially for protected areas, “other effective area-based conservation measures”, and Indigenous knowledge) and national and local Indigenous-led conservation efforts. Applicants should have strong oral and written communication skills and hold (or be near completing) an undergraduate and/or Masters degree in Geography or a related social science (Anthropology, Political Science, International Development, Environmental Studies, etc). *I particularly welcome inquiries for this project from students who identify as Indigenous.

Students will receive full financial support.  Additional funding is also available to cover some research expenses, including research at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Fall 2020 (in China).

For more information about this opportunity please contact Dr. Noella Gray at, ideally before submitting a formal application

Everyday Practices of Global Change

I am actively seeking Masters or PhD for next fall. Applicants with an interest in: feminist theory, ethical consumption, critical development studies and the politics of sustainability are encouraged to apply. Students will receive financial support following the policy in the Department of Geography. Research expenses will also be covered. Funded student research projects may include:

  1. Investigating how ethical consumption campaigns contribute to environmental or developmental change
  2. Analyzing how social media is used to share stories of 'development' or ‘sustainability’ with North American audiences
  3. Researching the gendered dynamics of sustainable consumption and environmental activism

Looking for students to begin fall 2020.

GIS, Geomorphometry, LiDAR Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Hydrology

Prof. John Lindsay is looking for 1-2 new Masters students to join the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group (GHRG) in Fall 2020. These fully-funded students will take on a research project related to the broad range of geomorphometry (digital terrain analysis), spatial hydrology, and LiDAR remote sensing topics actively studied within the GHRG. Specifically, Prof. Lindsay is looking for students to work on projects related to improving information extracted from the newly acquired Ontario LiDAR topographic data sets. Application areas include predictive soils mapping, soil organic carbon, and the study of accessibility in urban areas. Like all graduate members of the GHRG, the incoming students will be involved in the application and development of novel techniques for handling these data in spatial hydrological applications. GHRG students are provided advanced training in GIS and geomatics more broadly and have opportunity to gain experience with terrain mapping equipment, LiDAR data, and spatial analysis software (GIS and remote sensing). Interested applicants are encouraged to email Prof. Lindsay ( with a statement of interest and experience and an unofficial transcript.