Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University


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. 


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. 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. 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. Leigh Anne Isaac  Adjunct NRS, Senior Wildlife Biologist for Vast Resource Solutions  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