TRU Science

Faculty

The faculty listed below are eligible to supervise (Full) or co-supervise (Associate) 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.

NameDepartmentStatus as supervisor in MSc programResearch Areas
Dr. Faheem Ahmed Engineering Full 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 Biological Sciences Full Plant ecology, forest, riparian communities, bryophytes, human disturbance, fragmentation
Dr. Rick Brewster Mathematics & Statistics  Full Discrete mathematics, theoretical computing science; computational complexity; graph theory; polynomial time algorithms and good characterizations
Dr. Darryl Carlyle-Moses Geography & Environmental Studies Full Hydrology, microclimatology, urban biophysical environments
Dr. Kellee Caton Tourism Full moral philosophy for tourism and leisure, humanism, the role of tourism in ideological production, lived experience and personal development, consumer culture, epistemological and pedagogical issues in tourism studies
Dr. Naowarat (Ann) Cheeptham Biological Sciences Full 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 Natural Resource Sciences Full Sustainability of cattle industry, range management, meat production, beef production
Dr. Bruno Cinel Chemistry  Full 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 Economics Full Sustainable development, environmental and natural resource economics, banking crises, human development
Dr. Tom Dickinson Biological Sciences (currently Dean of Science) Full Ornithology, conservation biology
Dr. Kingsley Donkor Chemistry Full Environmental and analytical chemistry, chemometric techniques in environmental and agricultural research, speciation of air particulates and health effects
Dr. Haytham El Miligi Computing Science Full 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 Biological Sciences Associate Ornithology, ecology and evolution of orioles
Dr. Normand Fortier Physical Sciences Associate thin film sensors and thin film interference filters for optical communication applications and surface characterization using ellipsometry
Dr. Lauchlan Fraser Biological Sciences; Natural Resource Sciences Full Ecosystem reclamation, biodiversity, climate change, rangeland management
Dr. Wendy Gardner Natural Resource Sciences  Full Grassland ecology and management, range management, ungulates, reclamation
Dr. Louis Gosselin Biological Sciences  Full 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 Architectural & Engineering Technology Full Timber engineering, reliability and probability analysis, earthquake engineering, disaster resilient built environment and innovative structural systems
Dr. Brian Heise Natural Resource Sciences  Full Aquatic ecosystems, stream ecology, ichthyology, land-use practices, stream recovery, aquatic entomology
Dr. Rob Higgins Biological Sciences Full Ecology of ants in sub-boreal forests and the management of post-harvest coarse woody debris
Dr. David Hill Geography & Environmental Studies  Full 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) Full Land use and tourism, rural tourism development
Dr. Heidi Huttenen-Hennelly Chemistry Full The investigation of structure-activity relationships and mechanism of action in antimicrobial peptides through traditional and novel methods
Dr. Terry Kading Philosophy, History & Politics  Full Trade and development, social planning in small cities, Latin America
Dr. John Karakatsoulis Natural Resource Sciences   Associate Forest ecology
Dr. Mila Kwiatkowska Computing Science  Full Medical decision support systems, database systems and data mining, biomedical informatics
Dr. Laura Lamb Economics   Associate Community economic development, applied microeconomics, public finance, policy economics, behavioural economics
Dr. Karl Larsen Natural Resource Sciences  Full Wildlife conservation and management, mammalogy, herpetology, dispersal theory, movement ecology and habitat use
Dr. Ning Lu Computing Science Full Networking, scheduling, algorithms
Dr. Mohammad Mahbobi Economics  Full Quantitative methods in business, management, and economics, international trade and trade policy, applied economics, crude oil market
Dr. Courtney Mason Tourism Management  Full 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 Chemistry  Full Computational chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, kinetic studies, thermodynamic studies, excited states
Dr. Yana Nec Mathematics & Statistics Full Applied analysis,  modelling and optimisation, numerical and graphical simulation, applications in natural sciences and engineering
Dr. Mark Paetkau Physical Sciences  Associate Infrared thermography for early disease detection, parasitic seed dispersal in dwarf mistletoe, avian behavior using RFID technology
Dr. Dipesh Prema Chemistry Full Synthetic organometallic/inorganic chemistry, applications in air-free handling. Catalysis.  Use of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to investigate and quantify the fatty acid composition of forage, meat and dairy products.
Dr. Tom Pypker Natural Resource Sciences   Full Ecohydrology, carbon processes, hydrology, micrometerology, ecophysiology, impacts of climate change and land-use change on ecosystem processes
Dr. Mark Rakobowchuk Biological Sciences Full Human vascular adaptations to physiological perturbations, the interplay between platelets and vascular health, microvesicles and progenitor cells and their role in exercise induced adaptations
Norman Reed Chemistry Associate  
Dr. Matthew Reudink Biological Sciences   Full Ornithology, animal ecology, evolution of plumage in birds, animal behaviour
Dr. Shane Rollans Mathematics & Statistics   Full Applied statistical analysis, stochastic optimization, statistical education
Dr. Ian Stewart-Patterson Adventure Studies Associate PhD Dissertation The Role of Intuition in the Decision Process of Canadian Ski Guides; Ice Screw Strength: An analysis of the optimum placement angle in Waterfall Ice; Decision-making in the Mountain Environment: A study of best practices in the training of decision making in mountain guide/leadership programs in France, Canada, Britain and the USA; Shock loading in belay anchor partial failure.
Dr. Mohamed Tawhid Mathematics & Statistics   Full Stochastic optimization, nonlinear optimization, neural network, operations research, modelling and computations
Dr. Richard Taylor Mathematics & Statistics  Associate 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 Economics   Full 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 Biological Sciences   Associate Environmental microbiology; molecular and biochemical techniques, dwarf mistletoe's seed development
Dr. Jon Van Hamme Biological Sciences   Full Environmental microbiology, biodegradation, bioremediation, pollutants, microbiology, biocatalyst
Dr. Roger Yu Mathematics & Statistics   Full Graph theory and discrete optimization, mathematics
Adjunct Faculty 
Dr. Andre Arsenault Adjunct, Biological Sciences Associate  
Dr. Christine Bishop Adjunct, NRS Associate  
Dr. Nancy Elliott Adjunct NRS, BC Ministry of FLNRO  Associate  
Dr. Heath Garris Post Doctoral Fellow at TRU  Associate  
Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu Adjunct, University of Victoria  Associate  
Dr, Leif-Matthias Herborg Fisheries and Oceans Canada Associate  
Dexter Hodder John Prince Research Forest Associate  
Dr. Leigh Anne Isaac  Adjunct NRS, Senior Wildlife Biologist for Vast Resource Solutions  Associate  
Dr. Cori Lausen Wildlife Conservation Society Canada Associate  
Dr. Reg Newman Adjunct NRS, BC Ministry of FLNRO  Associate  
Dr. Craig Stevens  Adjunct NRS, Professor Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at U of C  Associate  
Brian Wallace   Associate