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Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Faculty

The Faculty of Science is committed to the integration of teaching and research. Science research covers a broad spectrum of fields with a focus on extensive undergraduate student involvement. Faculty are committed to the mentoring and training of undergraduate students in directed studies and honours courses, and graduate students in the Master of Science in Environmental Sciences.

Active research in science

The following is a list of faculty who have active research projects with recent publications.

Biological Sciences

Lyn Baldwin, PhD
Research Focus: How natural processes and anthroprogenic disturbances affect vascular and bryophyte plant communities and their conservation.
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Naowarat (Ann) Cheeptham, PhD
Research Focus: microbial diversity and the search for useful natural and biochemical products, with an emphasis on antibacterial and antifungal compounds.
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Lauch Fraser, PhD
Research Focus: testing the theories of community ecology, especially community composition, coexistence, complexity and species diversity.
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Louis Gosselin, PhD
Research Focus: the ecology of early juvenile marine invertebrates relating to population management in native and introduced species.
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Matthew Reudink, PhD
Research Focus: the behavioural ecology of migratory birds, particularly the influence of seasonal interactions on life history and ecology.
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Cynthia Ross Friedman, PhD
Research Focus: the anatomy of plants, specifically the reproductive development of dwarf mistletoe.
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Jonathan Van Hamme, PhD
Research Focus: the development of biocatalysts to aid in the degradation of environmental pollutants.
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Chemistry

Sharon Brewer, PhD
Research Focus: Analytical method development, water and wastewater treatment, environmental monitoring, soil chemistry, chemical education and online learning
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Nelaine Mora-Diez, PhD
Research Focus: computational physical organic chemistry and its applications to environmental, pharmaceutical or biochemical problems.
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Kingsley Donkor, PhD
Research Focus: the study of binding characteristics of metal-lantibiotic complexes and the application of chemometric techniques in identifying sources of pollution.
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Heidi Huttunen-Hennelly, PhD
Research Focus: the investigation of structure-activity relationships and mechanism of action in antimicrobial peptides through traditional & novel methods.
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Computing Science

Faheem Ahmed, PhD
Research Focus: Software Engineering, Software Architecture, Software Product Line, Software Process Assessment, Open Source Software, Green Computing, Software Metrics, Software Testing.
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Andrew Park, PhD
Information Visualization and Visual Analytics on Big Data (Crime and Court Data)
Virtual Environments for Social Science Research (Criminology and Gerontology)
Human-Computer Interaction for Virtual Environments
Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation (Crowd Simulation) for Counter-Terrorism
Social Network Analysis and Visualization
Computational Criminology (Fear of Crime and CPTED)
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Mathematics

Mohamed Tawhid, PhD
Research focus: optimization, operations research, modeling and applied analysis.
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Roger Yu, PhD
Research focus: graph theory and discrete optimization.
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Projects:
Integrated Analysis for Land Usage in Kamloops (Summer 2015)
Principal investigators: Mauricio Cervantez-Muratalle and Roger Yu (yu@tru.ca)
The aim of the study is to develop an integrated land assessment system for the city of Kamloops, by considering its three major land resource sectors (agriculture, forestry and grasslands). The system involves using goal programming which allows multiple goals and priorities to be included in the model. The analysis will provides information for decision making and long-term policy making.

Balancing Development & Environment Protection in Ajax Mine -- A mathematical and systematic analysis (Summer 2015)
Principal investigators: Jie Jian, Lan Ma and Roger Yu (yu@tru.ca)
The research project study Ajax Mine, proposed by KGHM International for an open pit copper and gold mine near the city limits of Kamloops. The proposal has been met with much controversy among the citizens of Kamloops questioning the environmental impact of the mine. The study evaluates the direct impact of Ajax’s mining operation to the local community, and to explore the trade-off between the profit of Ajax mine and its environmental impact in terms of air pollution, wasted water discharge and recycled. The goal of the project is to find a balance between the company's desire to increase revenue and community's demand for less environmental impact.

Rick Brewster, PhD
Research focus: Discrete mathematics; theoretical computer science; computational complexity; graph theory; polynomial time algorithms and good characterizations; graph homomorphisms and colouring problems; domination problems; graph packings and matchings; local search heuristics and discrete optimization.
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Natural Resource Sciences

John Church, PhD
Research Focus: the exploration of innovative practices and technologies aimed at increasing sustainability and enhancement of the cattle industry.
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Lauch Fraser, PhD
Research Focus: testing the theories of community ecology, especially community composition, coexistence, complexity and species diversity.
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Brian Heise, PhD
Research Focus: the effects of various land use practices on aquatic ecosystems, particularly streams.
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Karl Larsen, PhD
Research Focus: the ecology of mammals, reptiles and amphibians, particularly dispersal in juveniles and conservation.
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Thomas Pypker, PhD
Research Focus:  how disturbance affects biophysical processes of managed ecosystems at scales ranging from the leaf to whole watersheds. Nationally and internationally, my work focuses on how management and climate change affects biophysical processes in a variety of ecosystems.
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