Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty and Staff

 


Full-time Faculty


 

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Cathy Conrad 
Professor  
BES Coordinator

PhD (Wilfrid Laurier, 1999)  

  • Community-based environmental monitoring

  • Water quality and watershed management

  • Perceptions of climate change and environmental change

  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Clandestine migration

SMU-CV Faculty Profile

The Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network  

Email: cconrad@smu.ca
902-420-5686
Office: Burke 204B



David Gauthier 

David Gauthier 
Professor 

PhD (Waterloo)                                       

  • Ecosystem management
  • Parks and protected areas
  • Resource management

Email: david.gauthier@smu.ca
902-420-5260
Office: Burke 200A


 

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Philip Giles 
Professor 
Honours Coordinator

PhD (Calgary, 1996) 

  • Morphology of alluvial fans

  • Morphometric analysis of digital elevation models

  • Analysis of remotely-sensed images for geomorphological interpretation


SMU-CV Faculty Profile

Email: philip.giles@smu.ca
902-420-5740
Office: Burke 100


 

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Jason Grek Martin
Assistant Professor 

PhD (Queen's, 2009)

  • Historical and cultural geographies of tourism in Nova Scotia and beyond

  • Nature, place, and meaning in Halifax parks

  • Survey science and statecraft in the 19th-century Canadian West

SMU-CV Faculty Profile 

Email: jason.grekmartin@smu.ca
902-420-5741
Office: Burke 107


 

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Min-Jung Kwak
Assistant Professor

PhD (University of BC)                      

  • Globalization and transnational migration
  • International education industry
  • Immigrant entrepreneurship
  • Immigrant health care services

Email: min-jung.kwak@smu.ca
902-420-5736

Office: Burke 101


  

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Mathew Novak
Assistant Professor
GES Graduate Coordinator 

PhD (Western Ontario, 2010)

  • Urban planning & development

  • Retail geography

  • The built environment/urban morphology

Website

Email: m.novak@smu.ca
902-491-6541
Office: Burke 200F


 

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A. Cristian Suteanu 
Associate Professor 

PhD (Bucharest, 1997) 

  • Environmental system analysis and modeling: climate variability, natural hazards, renewable energy

  • Information processes in environmental systems 

SMU-CV Faculty Profile

Website 

Email: cristian.suteanu@smu.ca
902-420-5731
Office: Burke 106


 

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Danika van Proosdij, Chairperson
Professor and Chair of Geography and Environmental Studies

PhD (University of Guelph, 2001) 

  • Coastal climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation

  • Coastal geomorphology and morphodynamics

  • Ecosystem based restoration

  • Saltmarsh biophysical processes

  • Geomatics and UAVs

SMU-CV Faculty Profile

Email: dvanproo@smu.ca
902-420-5738
Office: Burke 108


 

Adjunct Faculty


 
Thomas Bouman

Thomas Bouman
PhD (Göttingen)                       

  • Sustainable agriculture: soil organic matter and nutrients in perennial pasture

  • Sustainable forestry: tree diversity in forests; advance regeneration of tree species; willow short rotation coppice; soil acidification, soil amelioration

  • Participatory development of agriculture and forestry 

Email: thomas_bouman@cbu.ca


 

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Peter Bush
PhD (Western Ontario)               

  • Landscape ecology
  • Old-growth forests
  • Geomatics
  • Protected areas

Email: petergbush@yahoo.ca


 

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Michael Fox
PhD (McGill)

  • University-Community relations
  • Transportation issues
  • Geographic education
  • Community-based planning 

Email: mfox@mta.ca


 

  Ryan Gibson
PhD (Memorial)
  • Economic geography
  • Rural and regional development
  • Philanthropy
  • Governance

Personal Website

Rural and Regional Development Lab

Email: ryan.gibson@uoguelph.ca


 

Kevin Hamdan

Kevin Hamdan
PhD (Simon Fraser University, 2012) 

  • Forest Soils and Ecology
  • Climate Change
  • Sustainability

Email: kevin.hamdan@smu.ca
902-420-5736


  
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Karen Harper
PhD (University of Alberta, 1999)

  • Plant biogeography
  • Landscape ecology
  • Forest edges, fragmentation and conservation
  • Spatial pattern and structural diversity of plant communities 

Website

Email: karen.harper@smu.ca
902-420-5142
Office: B 204A
 


 


Amy Siciliano profile Amy Siciliano

PhD (University of Toronto, 2010)

  • Intersection of urban and natural systems
  • Post-war suburbs
  • Social geography
  • Critical cartography 

Email: amy.siciliano@smu.ca
902-420-5739
Office: B 313


 

Jamie Spinney

Jamie Spinney
PhD (McMaster)

  • Sustainable and healthy communities 
  • Active aging and age-friendly communities 
  • Active transportation and the journey to school

Email: jamie.spinney@smu.ca


Part-time Faculty


Office: Burke 313*
Phone: 902.420.5739
Department Office: 902.420.5737
Fax: 902.496.8213

*Unless otherwise noted. When PT faculty are not teaching in an academic term, they do not hold an office on campus. You may reach them via the email links below or contact geography@smu.ca


 
Trevor Adams

Trevor Adams
PhD (Calgary, 2013)

  • Weather and Climate
  • Natural Hazards
  • Global Perspectives
  • Geography of Canada
  • Urban Geography
  • Biography

Email: trevor.adams@smu.ca
813-563-2224

Office: Virtual 


  

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Jillian Bambrick-Banks
PhD (Louisiana State, 2016)

  • Human-Environment Interaction
  • Climate Change
  • Holocene Sedimentation and Palynology
  • Quaternary Environments

Email: Jill.Banks@smu.ca
902-420-5739
Office: B 313

 
 

Angela Day
PhD Candidate (University of Toronto)
MA (Dalhousie University, 2009)


 


Adam Fancy Part-time instructor Geography and Environmental Studies The oceans

Adam Fancy
BA (Memorial, 2006), Adv.Grad. Dip (MI, 2008), MMS (Memorial, 2012)

Program Officer, Disposal at Sea, Environment and Climate Change Canada 

  • Fisheries
  • Coastal and Ocean Management
  • Environmental Policy/Regulation/Protection
  • GIS
  • Ecosystem-based Approaches to Environmental Management

Emailadam.fancy@smu.ca


 


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Jodi-Ann Francis
MA (Saint Mary's University, 2017)

  • Canadian Immigration
  • Global Perspectives
  • Immigration Policy

Email: jodi-ann.francis-walker@smu.ca


 

 

David Hopper
BDEP (NSCADU, 1982), BA (Geography, SMU, 1985), MES (Dalhousie, 1998), TESL (Cert) SMU 2012. 

Land/Resource Use and Conservation Planner (retired)
Geodex Environmental Services, President

  • Natural Resource Planning and Management
  • Conservation Planning/Protection
  • Land and waterways reclamation/restoration
  • Environmental Geography
  • British Columbia

Emaildavid.hopper@smu.ca


 

 

Mitchell Kerr
PhD Candidate (Laurentian)
MSc Geology (Saint Mary's University, 2013)

Email: Mitchell.Kerr@smu.ca
902-420-5748
Office: S 402


 

 

Kyle McKenzie
BSc (Honours, Dalhousie, 1991), MA (Waterloo, 1996)

  • Climate change science, impacts, and adaptation 
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental planning and management

Email: kyle.mckenzie@smu.ca


 

 

Emma Posluns
MSc (Memorial University, 2013)


 

 

Emily Thomas
MA (University of Prince Edward Island, 2014) 


Department Cartographer & Lab Technician



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Greg Baker - Research Instrument Technician 

B.A. (Saint Mary's University, 2004)
Dip. Digital Cartography (COGS, 2001)

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Surveying
  • Cartography
  • Photogrammetry

Email: greg.baker@smu.ca
Phone: 902-420-5472
Office: Burke 215


 

Will Flanagan - Cartographer & Lab Technician

Email: will.flanagan@smu.ca
Phone: 902-420-5742
Office: Burke 200E

 


Department Secretary


 


 

Jenny Harrison
Email: geography@smu.ca
902-420-5737
Office: Burke 109


Professor Emeritus


 


Dr. Robert J. McCalla 

Robert J. McCalla
Professor of Geography 
Ph.D. (Hull, 1975)

  • Economic 
  • Transportation 
  • Ports 
  • Shipping

Email




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Hugh A. Millward 
Professor  

PhD (Western Ontario, 1975)

  • Time and location of urban walking activity

  • Land-use issues in urban and peri-urban areas

  • School siting and travel-to-school

SMU-CV Faculty Profile

Email: hugh.millward@smu.ca
902-420-5739
Office: Burke 313



 


Douglas Day 

Douglas Day 
Professor of Geography 
Ph.D. (Sheffield, 1965)

  • Fisheries 
  • Oceans 
  • Cartography