Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Faculty

The faculty listed below are eligible to supervise or co-supervise graduate students in the Master of Science program in Environmental Science. They may be contacted directly to discuss potential opportunities for studying under their supervision.

 

NameDepartmentResearch Areas

Dr. Faheem Ahmed

Associate Professor

Computing Science Software product line; software process assessment; software cost estimation; reusability of software assets; empirical software engineering; large scale software architecture; software ecosystems; cloud computing; software testing, quality and inspection; component based software development

Dr. Lyn Baldwin

Associate Professor

Biological Sciences Plant ecology, forest, riparian communities, bryophytes, human disturbance, fragmentation

Dr. Rick Brewster

Professor (Full)

Mathematics & Statistics  Discrete mathematics, theoretical computing science; computational complexity; graph theory; polynomial time algorithms and good characterizations

Dr. Darryl Carlyle-Moses

Associate Professor

 

Geography & Environmental Studies Hydrology, microclimatology, urban biophysical environments

Dr. Naowarat (Ann) Cheeptham

Associate Professor

Biological Sciences Microbial diversity in caves (volcanic and limestone origins) and other extreme habitats, actinomycetes, fermentation, bioactive compounds, bioactive compounds, drug discovery and antibiotic resistance surveillance

Dr. John Church 

Assistant Professor

Natural Resource Sciences Sustainability of cattle industry, range management, meat production, beef production

Dr. Bruno Cinel

Associate Professor

Chemistry  Natural products chemistry involving the isolation, structure elucidation, and chemical ecology of compounds from terrestrial and marine organisms; remote operation of instrumentation and science education through the BC-Integrated Laboratory Network (BC-ILN)

Dr. Hasnat Dewan

Associate Professor

Economics Sustainable development, environmental and natural resource economics, banking crises, human development
Dr. Tom Dickinson Biological Sciences (currently Dean of Science) Ornithology, conservation biology

Dr. Kingsley Donkor

Associate Professor

Chemistry Environmental and analytical chemistry, chemometric techniques in environmental and agricultural research, speciation of air particulates and health effects

Dr. Haytham El Miligi

Assistant Professor

Computing Science Mobile application development (healthcare, home automation, education, and security applications); multi-core real-time systems (scheduling, mapping , parallel programing, and performance evaluation); 3d network-on-chips modeling and optimization

Dr. Nancy Flood

Senior Lecturer

Biological Sciences Ornithology, ecology and evolution of orioles

Dr. Lauchlan Fraser

Professor (Full)

Biological Sciences; Natural Resource Sciences Plant ecology, grasslands, wetlands, climate change, food web theory, plant diversity, carbon sequestration, grassland restoration, agroforestry

Dr. Wendy Gardner

Assistant Professor

Natural Resource Sciences  Grassland ecology and management, range management, ungulates, reclamation

Dr. Louis Gosselin

Professor (Full)

Biological Sciences  Marine invertebrate ecology: early life history, population regulation, community structure, mortality factors, invasive species, species at risk, benthic species, intertidal, subtidal, dispersal

Dr. James Gu 

Lecturer

Architectural & Engineering Technology  

Dr. Brian Heise 

Associate Professor

Natural Resource Sciences  Aquatic ecosystems, stream ecology, ichthyology, land-use practices, stream recovery, aquatic entomology

Dr. Rob Higgins

Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences Ecology of ants in sub-boreal forests and the management of post-harvest coarse woody debris

Dr. David Hill

Assistant Professor

Geography & Environmental Studies  Data mining and modeling methods, complex environmental systems problems, fate and transport of contaminants, decision trees, artificial neural networks, etc.

Dr. Rob Hood

 

Tourism Management (currently Dean of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism) Land use and tourism, rural tourism development

Dr. Heidi Huttenen-Hennelly

Associate Professor

Chemistry The investigation of structure-activity relationships and mechanism of action in antimicrobial peptides through traditional and novel methods

Dr. Terry Kading

Associate Professor

 

Philosophy, History & Politics Trade and development, social planning in small cities, Latin America

Dr. John Karakatsoulis 

Assistant Professor

Natural Resource Sciences  Forest ecology

Dr. Mila Kwiatkowska 

Associate Professor

Computing Science Medical decision support systems, database systems and data mining, biomedical informatics

Dr. Laura Lamb

Associate Professor

Economics  Community economic development, applied microeconomics, public finance, policy economics, behavioural economics

Dr. Karl Larsen 

Professor (Full)

Natural Resource Sciences

Wildlife conservation and management, mammalogy, herpetology, dispersal theory, movement ecology and habitat use

Dr. Mohammad Mahbobi

Senior Lecturer

Economics Quantitative methods in business, management, and economics, international trade and trade policy, applied economics, crude oil market

Dr. Courtney Mason

Canada Research Chair

Tourism Management Health sciences; indigenous health; tourism, parks and protected areas; rural food security and sovereignty; ecotourism and development; human and social dimensions of rural ecology

Dr. Nelaine Mora-Diez

Professor

Chemistry Computational chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, kinetic studies, thermodynamic studies, excited states

Dr. Mark Paetkau

Lecturer

Physical Sciences Infrared thermography for early disease detection, parasitic seed dispersal in dwarf mistletoe, avian behavior using RFID technology

Dr. Tom Pypker

Assistant Professor

Natural Resource Sciences  Ecohydrology, carbon processes, hydrology, micrometerology, ecophysiology, impacts of climate change and land-use change on ecosystem processes

Dr. Matthew Reudink

Associate Professor

Biological Sciences  Ornithology, animal ecology, evolution of plumage in birds, animal behaviour

Dr. Shane Rollans

Senior Lecturer

Mathematics & Statistics  Applied statistical analysis, stochastic optimization, statistical education

Dr. Cindy Ross Friedman

Professor (Full)

Biological Sciences  Plant anatomy, seed development, reproductive development of mistletoe

Dr. Mohamed Tawhid 

Professor (Full)

Mathematics & Statistics  Stochastic optimization, nonlinear optimization, neural network, operations research, modelling and computations

Dr. Richard Taylor

Assistant Professor

Mathematics & Statistics Dynamical systems and chaos, ergodic theory, physical origins of randomness and irreversibility, mathematical biology, delay differential equations, numerical analysis and scientific computing

Dr. Peter Tsigaris

Professor

Economics  Environmental economics, economics of clean technologies, of climate change, environmental policy and regulation, environmental management, environmental experiments for education, valuation of environmental goods and services

Joanna Urban

Lecturer

Biological Sciences  Environmental microbiology; molecular and biochemical techniques, dwarf mistletoe's seed development

Dr. Jon Van Hamme 

Associate Professor

Biological Sciences  Environmental microbiology, biodegradation, bioremediation, pollutants, microbiology, biocatalyst

Dr. Roger Yu

Professor (Full)

Mathematics & Statistics  Graph theory and discrete optimization, mathematics
Adjunct Faculty 
Dr. Nancy Elliott Adjunct NRS, BC Ministry of FLNRO  
Dr. Heath Garris Post Doctoral Fellow at TRU  
Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu Adjunct, University of Victoria  
Dr. Leigh Anne Isaac  Adjunct NRS, Senior Wildlife Biologist for Vast Resource Solutions  
Dr. Reg Newman Adjunct NRS, BC Ministry of FLNRO  
Dr. Craig Stevens  Adjunct NRS, Professor Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at U of C