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Graduate Opportunites in Geographic Information Science

Michael Buzzelli

Michael Buzzelli

Position: Associate Professor
Email: mbuzzel@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85329
Office: SSC 2429
biography

Research Interests

Higher education policy, research on teaching and learning, society-space relationships with a focus on housing, health and GIS

Current Research

I am willing to discuss graduate opportunities with prospective students. Please see my web page for further details.

Teaching Interests:

Health Geography, Housing, The Geoweb & Geomedia


Irena Creed
- Canada Research Chair
- Cross Appointment with Biology

Irena Creed

Position: Professor
Email: icreed@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84265
Office: BGS 3023
biography

Research Interests

Watersheds, forests, hydrology, biochemistry, GIS and remote sensing

Current Research

I am looking for highly motivated Masters and PhD students looking for opportunities in remote sensing and GIS spatial analysis with an interest is natural land and water systems. My work focuses on understanding the hydrological and biogeochemical links between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems under both natural and disturbed conditions across multiples research sites in Canada and abroad. Candidates will have access to well-equipped chemistry and computer labs with up-to-date remote sensing and GIS software, and to extensive spatial datasets including field data and large volumes of radar and optical satellite imagery. Candidates should be willing to travel for field work.

Teaching Interests:


Jason Gilliland
- Director, Urban Development Program
- Cross Appointment with School of Health Studies and the Department of Paediatrics

Jason Gilliland

Position: Professor
Email: jgillila@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81239
Office: SSC 2431
biography

Research Interests

Urban studies, health geography, children's environments, GIS

Current Research

I am interested in hearing from prospective graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD) who are interested in research related to one or more research projects coordinated in the Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL) in research related to food studies, health geography and/or innovative applications of GISc/GPS. Please see my web site and contact me for details.

Teaching Interests:

Land Use and Development Issues; Graduate Seminar in Urban Geography; Advanced Urban Social Geography


Isaac Luginaah
- Canada Research Chair
- On Sabbatical Leave until December 31, 2017

Isaac Luginaah

Position: Professor
Email: iluginaa@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86944
Office: SSC 1409
biography

Research Interests

Environment and health, air pollution, GIS and health, HIV/AIDS

Current Research

I am interested in supervising potential students at the MA, MSc and PhD levels on topics relating to health geography, environment and health and also in HIV/AIDS. Interested students are encouraged to contact me to discuss potential projects and options. Please see my web site for details.

Teaching Interests:

Geography of Health and Health Care; Environment and Health; Advanced Studies in Environment, Development & Health


Jacek Malczewski

Jacek Malczewski

Position: Professor
Email: jmalczew@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85030
Office: SSC 2422
biography

Research Interests

Quantitative methods, multicriteria decision analysis, location theory and analysis, geographic information science, spatial decision support systems

Current Research

I am looking for students interested in pursuing research in the areas of land use planning and GIS.

Teaching Interests:

Introduction to Spatial Analysis; Spatial Statistics; Decision-making with GIS; Thesis; Introduction to GIS (Graduate); Advanced Spatial Analysis (Graduate)


Micha Pazner

Micha Pazner

Position: Associate Professor
No longer accepting graduate students
Email: pazner@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81469
Office: SSC 1416
biography

Research Interests

GIS, image processing, cartography

Current Research

I am interested in masters and PhD students who want to do research in one, or a combination of, my projects. My specialization is geographic lab and field techniques and their application, with an emphasis on imaging. An example of a unique lab technique is our work on multivariate icon pattern images. Students may work in this area on software development, visualization or applications (e.g. environmental change). Field techniques include close range imaging and right-on-site image processing. Potential future research areas include the use of ground penetrating radar and unmanned aerial vehicles. Current technique-application areas include: (1) RS-GIS lab and field techniques for gold exploration, and (2) geospatial lab and field techniques for forest disturbance research, such as spatio-temporal patterns and clustering of Boreal forest wildfire scars. You are welcome to suggest your own ideas for topics.

Teaching Interests:

Spatial Techniques; Field Methods and Practices; Geographic Information Science II


Chris Smart
- Undergraduate Chair

Chris Smart

Position: Professor
Email: csmart@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85007
Office: SSC 1402
biography

Research Interests

Hydrology and geomorphology

Current Research

Environmental monitoring requires strategic and adaption if it is to provide useful, affordable data for environmental management. My research focuses on integrating contemporary hydrological monitoring technologies into appropriate spatial and temporal measurement schemes. A particular interest is in the use of inexpensive surrogate monitoring techniques that efficiently highlight particular sites and times of contamination. This work is undertaken in an urban-rural setting as well as on green rood installations. Work is also continuing on the hydrology and geomorphology of maximal glacial conditions. Most of our understanding of glaciers is based on receding or residual ice masses that lack the dynamics of advanced glaciers. Equilibrium mass balance modeling indicates that water erosion is likely to far exceed ice erosion through much of the glacier regime. Glacier ice regulates the effect of water erosion through pressurization of basal water flow and variation in the base level of tributary valleys.

Teaching Interests:


Phil Stooke
 - Cross Appointment with Physics and Astronomy

Phil Stooke

Position: Associate Professor
Email: pjstooke@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85022
Office: SSC 2425
biography

Research Interests

Planetary mapping and space exploration

Current Research

I am interested in students who are studying in the areas of cartography, history of cartography, historical maps, or in any aspects of space exploration including space history, planetary mapping and geology. At present I do not have funds to support a student through the summer, but co-supervisory arrangements may be worked out.

Teaching Interests:

Space Exploration; Introduction to Cartography; Advanced Cartography


James Voogt
-Department Chair

James Voogt

Position: Associate Professor
Email: javoogt@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85018
Office: SSC 2401
biography

Research Interests:

Urban climatology

Current Research:

The overall objective of my research is to better understand urban thermal anisotropy (the directional variation in remotely observed surface temperature over urban areas) and develop models that will allow correction for thermal anisotropy at a range of scales for urban areas. The outcomes of this work are important to our ability to provide representative urban surface temperatures. These temperatures are a key variable to the air temperature of cities, heat loading on urban residents, energy use by buildings, providing input to weather forecast and pollutant dispersion models and for assessing urban heat mitigation strategies such as cool surfaces.

I am seeking interested graduate students with backgrounds in one or more of: micro or boundary layer meteorology/climatology (vegetated or urban areas), remote sensing (especially thermal remote sensing and/or remote sensing of vegetation in urban areas), computer science, or engineering who are interested in measurement, modeling or applications of urban surface temperature.

Possible thesis topics include:

  • observations of urban thermal anisotrophy over vegetated urban areas;
  • evaluation of models of urban thermal anisotropy;
  • development of urban energy balance models that include vegetation for use in predicting urban thermal anisotropy;
  • assessment of urban thermal anisotropy from satellite observations;
  • development of parameterizations of urban thermal anisotropy;
  • links between urban thermal anisotropy and assessment of the urban surface heat island;
  • the use of thermal remote sensing to estimate urban sensible heat flux.

Teaching Interests:

Physical Geography; Weather and Climate; Micrometeorology


Jinfei Wang

Jinfei Wang

Position: Professor
Email: jfwang@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85017
Office: SSC 2402
biography

Research Interests

Remote sensing and GIS

Current Research

My research interests are in remote sensing. Current projects include: a) 2D and 3D urban feature extraction from high resolution optical and LiDAR remote sensing images and its applications in hazard studies; b) Development of object-based classification algorithms for man-made and natural feature extraction; c) Polarimetry SAR data analysis for land use and land cover mapping and feature extraction; d) Hyperspectral data analysis for urban and wetland vegetation change detection and applications; Remote sensing applications in urban, mountainous and wetland areas.

Teaching Interests:

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Remote Sensing; Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (Graduate); Remote Sensing Digital Image Analysis (Graduate)


Adam Yates

Adam Yates

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: adam.yates@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85008
Office: SSC 2403
biography

Research Interests

Aquatic Ecosystems in Populated Landscapes; Development and Application of Ecological Assessment Methods for Aquatic Ecosystems; Watershed Description and Analysis

Current Research

My research blends aquatic ecology with landscape analysis to develop and apply techniques for the assessment of the effects of human activities on ecological conditions of riverine ecosystems with the purpose of generating knowledge and decision support tools for watershed management. The research is strongly focused on field studies with an integral landscape analysis component using GIS. I am currently looking for MSc and PhD students to conduct research projects in Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick in partnership with Environment Canada, the Canadian Rivers Institute and other universities. Summer funding, travel and exchange opportunities are available.