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.  I am no longer looking for students to begin fall 2021.

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 strong background in Remote Sensing to work on topics relating to optical and SAR remote sensing, ecosystem change dynamics and disaster monitoring. The following position is currently available in my research group:

  • Developing an Eastern Hemlock inventory for Ontario using satellite remote sensing imagery (MSc, Fall 2021)

Please contact me at bdv@uoguelph.ca for a more detailed discussion on this project. Interested candidates are encouraged to send me a resume/CV, a statement of interest and unofficial transcripts

 

Forest Ecology, Climate Change, Wildfire

Please contact me regarding potential graduate student opportunities (zgedalof@uoguelph.ca (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, Ocean Governance, and Island Futures

I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students (MA or PhD) who share my research interests in marine conservation governance, “blue economy” policies and impacts, and/or the science-policy interface in the context of conservation and environmental governance, particularly in islands. Please contact me directly to discuss opportunities; inquiries should include 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 (the Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership). The student will examine 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 hold (or be near completing) an undergraduate and/or Masters degree in Geography or a related social science discipline (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 travel to international policy meetings (as applicable).

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

Everyday Practices of Global Change

I am seeking Masters students 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 2021.

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 (jlindsay@uoguelph.ca) with a statement of interest and experience and an unofficial transcript.

 

 

Faisal welcomes students who are interested in pursuing graduate opportunities in his People, Plants and Policy lab to contact him by email (fmoola@uoguelph.ca). The 3P lab presents interdisciplinary opportunities for students to pursue Masters and PhD degrees focused on conservation policy and practice, forest management, plant ecology (at the species and community level) and ethnobotany in partnership with Indigenous Peoples. Faisal is particularly interested in students with strong academic backgrounds, who are comfortable with field work and are interested in scholarly collaboration and writing.

My research is currently supported by several grants, including a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. I’m excited to hear from prospective grad students who are curious about the intersections of data technologies and environmental governance. Some specific projects we might collaborate on include:

•    Evaluating opportunities and challenges to the use of data technologies in nature conservation. Please see this flyer on my SSHRC-funded project “Digital Conservation Practices and Perspectives” for more details!
•    Visualizing climate and environmental governance data through “counter-data” and “counter-mapping” methods.

Prospective students should be interested in conducting interviews, document analysis, and/or surveys for their research, as well as working critically with data technologies themselves. I can offer training in critical communication skills - including mapping, web design, and public writing - and in the scholarly fields of political ecology, science and technology studies, and digital geographies. 

Please see this flyer on my SSHRC-funded project Digital Conservation Practices and Perspectives for more details.

I encourage interested candidates to email me at enost@uoguelph.ca with a brief statement of interest, an unofficial transcript, a writing / research sample, and a CV/resume.