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Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences Faculty


Bernard Bauer / Yuan Chen / Jeff Curtis / Fes de Scally / John Greenough / Kevin Hanna / Ed Hornibrook / Trudy Kavanagh / Kyle Larson / Craig Nichol / Lael Parrott / Karen Perry / Michael Pidwirny / Jason Pither / Ian Saunders / David Scott / Ian Walker / Adam Wei / Robert Young


BERNARD BAUER
Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; GEOGRAPHY

WEBSITE

bernard.bauer@ubc.ca
SCI 311
250.807.9595

Bernard Bauer3MSc University of Toronto
PhD Johns Hopkins University

RESEARCH: Process geomorphology; hydrology; environmental science; understanding how wind systems, water currents, and ocean waves pick up and transport sediments, leading to problems of erosion and sedimentation on beaches, dunes, and river (levee) banks.

TEACHING: Geomorphology (introductory, fluvial, coastal), sediment transport mechanics, environmental science.

YUAN CHEN
Associate Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

yuan.chen@ubc.ca
SCI 213
250.807.9594

CHEN, YuanMSc Chinese Academy of Sciences
PhD University of Western Ontario

RESEARCH: Mineralogy; petrology; geochemistry and geologic resources; the environment; research usedto predict the solubility, transportation and potential bioavailability of trace elements through surface processes and to establish environmentally friendly operating procedures for the mining industry.

TEACHING: Physical geology; historical geology; mineralogy; optical mineralogy and petrology; geochemistry.

JEFF CURTIS
Associate Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

WEBSITE

jeff.curtis@ubc.ca
SCI 315
250.807.9521

Dr. Jeff CurtisMSc University of Minnesota
PhD University of Manitoba

RESEARCH: Biogeoclimatic control of water quality; inferring hydrologic flowpath from geochemical indicators; optical properties of natural waters; interaction of metals and natural organic ligands; scavenging of nutrients and trace elements in biogenic calcite; fate and transport of endocrine disrupters.

TEACHING: Biogeochemistry; water resources; limnology.

FES de SCALLY
Associate Professor, GEOGRAPHY

WEBSITE

fes.descally@ubc.ca
ART 250
250.807.9361

de Scally, Fes 1 2014MSc University of Alberta
PhD University of Waterloo

RESEARCH: Historical and modern tropical cyclone risks in the Cook Islands, South Pacific Ocean; differentiation of debris flow, streamflow and snow avalanche fans in mountain environments and implications for risk management in the Southern Alps, New Zealand.

TEACHING: Physical geography; natural hazards management; mountain environments.

JOHN GREENOUGH
Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

WEBSITE

john.greenough@ubc.ca
SCI 216
250.807.9520

Greenough, JohnMSc Carleton University
PhD Memorial University of Newfoundland

RESEARCH: Mantle composition and evolution; diamond indicator minerals; lunar mantle composition; volatiles in lava flows; geochemical fingerprinting of gold; archaeological artefacts; and agrifood products; the concentrations of elements in lava flows to determine the composition of the interior of the Earth.

TEACHING: Igneous petrology; geochemistry; biogeochemistry; mineralogy; evolution of the Earth and mantle.

KEVIN HANNA
Associate Professor, GEOGRAPHY

Director, UBC Centre for Environmental Assessment Research

WEBSITE

kevin.hanna@ubc.ca
FIP 246
250.807.9265

Kevin Hanna2 MA University of Toronto
PhD University of Toronto

RESEARCH: Environmental impact assessment, integrated resource and environmental management, climate change adaptation policy, natural resources policy in Canada and Northern Europe, European Union environmental policy.

TEACHING: Environmental impact assessment, natural resources management policy and practice, sustainability practice and theory.

ED HORNIBROOK
Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT HEAD

WEBSITE

ed.hornibrook@ubc.ca
SCI 398
250.807.8059

Ed Hornibrook2BSc. Eng. University of New Brunswick
PhD University of Western Ontario

RESEARCH: Biogeochemistry, stable isotopes, biosphere- atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases, natural and restored wetlands, lakes, soil, groundwater, trace gas analysis and automation of monitoring equipment.  

TEACHING: Environmental science, research skills and science communication.

TRUDY KAVANAGH
Senior Instructor,
GEOGRAPHY

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Student Recruitment, Services, and Success, IRVING K. BARBER SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Chair, WOMEN IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (WiSE) MENTORING PROGRAM

trudy.kavanagh@ubc.ca
ASC 449
250.807.8754

Dr. Trudy KavanaghMSc University of Toronto
PhD University of Western Ontario

RESEARCH: Biogeography; treeline ecology; abiotic controls on vegetation dynamics; examination of the water-repellent soils that develop after severe wildfire, which modifies the soil micro-environment and subsequent vegetation establishment.

TEACHING: Biogeography; environmental science; field methods; physical geography.

KYLE LARSON
Associate Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

RESEARCH WEBSITE

kyle.larson@ubc.ca
FIP 353
250.807.8564

Kyle Larson2MSc Queen's University
PhD Queen's University

RESEARCH: Structural geology; tectonics; petrology; microstructures; evolution of mountain belts; the geology of the Himalaya-Tibet-Karakorm system; tectonics of Southwestern British Columbia.

TEACHING: Structural geology; regional geology/tectonics.

CRAIG NICHOL
Senior Instructor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

ASSOCIATE HEAD

WEBSITE

craig.nichol@ubc.ca
SCI 306
250.807.8087

Craig NicholMSc University of Birmingham
PhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Hydrogeology and vadose zone processes; regional groundwater resources; surface water and groundwater interactions; agricultural irrigation efficiency and nitrate leaching; agricultural greenhouse gas production; acid rock drainage and mine reclamation; soil physics.

TEACHING: Hydrogeology; introductory earth science and earth history; geophysics.

LAEL PARROTT
Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE; BIOLOGY

Director, OKANAGAN INSTITUTE FOR BIODIVERSITY, RESILIENCE, AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

RESEARCH WEBSITE

lael.parrott@ubc.ca
SCI 377
250.807.8122

Lael Parrott2MSc McGill University
PhD McGill University

RESEARCH: Ecosystems and landscapes as complex systems; incorporating complexity into natural resource management approaches; regional-scale landscape modelling; social-ecological networks; agent and individual-based modelling approaches; landscape science and scenario building.

TEACHING: Dynamic modelling of coupled human-environment systems; environmental sustainability.

KAREN PERRY
Associate Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CHEMISTRY

karen.perry@ubc.ca
SCI 207
250.807.9570

Karen Perry2 PhD University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Mineralization of organic carbon; palaeoceanography; carbon cycle and climatology.

TEACHING: Environmental and analytical chemistry.

MICHAEL PIDWIRNY
Associate Professor, GEOGRAPHY

WEBSITE

michael.pidwirny@ubc.ca
SCI 376
250.807.8758

Dr. Michael PidwirnyMA University of Manitoba
PhD Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Species interactions in wetland plant communities; spatial patterns and community structure in vegetation; climate change and its influence on the distribution of species and communities; computer applications, education technology, and modeling in physical geography; use of Wiki technology in providing Earth Science information to global internet users.

TEACHING: Physical geography; biogeography; statistical applications in geography; environmental science.

JASON PITHER
Associate Professor, BIOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY

WEBSITE 

jason.pither@ubc.ca
ASC 367
250.807.9629

Jason PitherMSc Acadia University
PhD Queen's University

RESEARCH: Biogeography; landscape ecology; biodiversity conservation; community ecology; paleoecology; biodiversity patterns in space and time.

TEACHING: Geographic information systems; data management and analysis; ecology.

IAN SAUNDERS
Associate Professor, GEOGRAPHY
 
ian.saunders@ubc.ca
SCI 313 
250.807.8753

Saunders, Ian 2013BSc University of East Anglia, England
MSc and PhD Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Climatology; glaciology; and mountain environments; use repeat aerial photography and GPS mapping to determine the volumetric rates of change of ice in parts of the Illecillewaet River Basin.

TEACHING: climatology; meteorology; cartography and remote sensing

DAVID SCOTT
Associate Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Research Chair, WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

WEBSITE

david.scott@ubc.ca
SCI 314
250.807.8755

David Scott3MSc University of Montana
PhD University of Natal, South Africa

RESEARCH: Hydrological effects of forest management and land use change; the effects of wildfire on hydrology and erosion; the effects of fast-growing timber plantations on stream flow (water yield and low flows); analysis of PAIRED catchment experiments. 

TEACHING:
Soil science; land-use hydrology; environmental assessment.

IAN WALKER
Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; BIOLOGY

WEBSITE

ian.walker@ubc.ca
FIP 339
250.807.9559

Ian Walker3MSc University of Waterloo
PhD Simon Fraser University

RESEARCH: Environmental change; chironomid palaeoecology; Quaternary palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology; dynamics of arctic and alpine tree-line ecosystems; aquatic insect ecology; biomonitoring;aquatic insects (living and fossil) as indicators of environmental change.

TEACHING: Quaternary palaeoecology; limnology; freshwater plants & animals; non-vascular plants.

ADAM WEI
Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Research Chair, WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

WEBSITE

adam.wei@ubc.ca
SCI 309
250.807.8750

Adam Wei4PhD Northeast Forestry University, China
Postdoctoral Research University of British Columbia

RESEARCH: Eco-hydrological processes; in-stream wood ecology and its relations with channel morphology, aquatic habitat and carbon budget; forest disturbance and watershed processes; application of GIS and remote sensing on watershed hydrology and management; surface water and groundwater integration; long-term soil productivity; and forest ecosystem modeling (FORECAST).

TEACHING: Forest hydrology; watershed ecosystem processes and management.

ROBERT YOUNG
Associate Professor, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; GEOGRAPHY

WEBSITE

robert.young@ubc.ca
SCI 214
250.807.9523

Robert Young2MSc University of Alberta
PhD University of Calgary

RESEARCH: Glacial and fluvial processes, landforms and landscapes, environments of the quaternary, as determined by physical and biological systems.

TEACHING: Quaternary glacial environments and geomorphology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, historical geology.

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