Our Student's Research

Estimating stand age from airborne laser scanning data to improve ecosite-based models of black spruce wood quality in the boreal forest of Ontario

Rebecca Wylie

Master of Environmental Sciences

Committee Members

Dr. Jeff Dech, Supervisor
Mr. Murray Woods, Committee Member
Dr. John Kovacs, Committee Member
Mr. Adam Dick, External Examiner

“NOHCIMIHK”- ON THE LAND

[A study of traditional harvesting practices and their effects on the perceived mental health of Indigenous youth in the James Bay area]

Paige Linklater-Wong

Master of Environmental Studies

Thesis Committee Members

Dr. Kirsten Greer, Co-Supervisor
Dr. Renee Bedard, Co-Supervisor (Western University)
Dr. Cindy Peltier, Committee Member
Dr. Deborah McGregor, External Examiner (York University)

The Potential Influence of Environmental Variables on Spatial and Temporal Crime Patterns in a Small Canadian City: 

A Case Study in North Bay, Ontario, Using Call-for-Service Data, 2015-2018

Ysabel Castle

Master of Environmental Science

Thesis Committee Members

Dr. John Kovacs, Supervisor
Dr. David Zarifa, Committee Member
Dr. Chunhua Zhang, External Examiner (Algoma University)

The Potential Influence of Environmental Variables on Spatial and Temporal Crime Patterns in a Small Canadian City:
A Case Study in North Bay, Ontario, Using Call-for-Service Data, 2015-2018


Ysabel Castle

Master of Environmental Science

Dr. John Kovacs, Supervisor

Bank Swallows and Canada’s Boreal North: examining past and present biogeographical relationships


Sonja Bols

Master of Environmental Science

Dr. Kirsten Greer, Co-Supervisor
B. Montgomerie (Queens), Co-Supervisor

Assessing the implementation of Ontario’s Overall Benefit Permit Program


Adam Curran

Master of Environmental Studies

Dr. Dan Walters, Supervisor

Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) Management and Status Update for the Lake Nipissing Watershed
- Part of the Great Lakes Upper St. Lawrence Population, Ontario, Canada


Nikki Commanda

Master of Environmental Science

Dr. Reehan MirzaSupervisor

“NOHCIMIHK”- ON THE LAND [A study of traditional harvesting practices and their effects on the perceived mental health of Indigenous youth in the James Bay area]


Paige Linklater-Wong

Master of Environmental Studies

Dr. Kirsten GreerCo-Supervisor
Dr. Renee Bedard, Co-Supervisor

Graduate Student Research Interest(s)

Bank Swallows and Canada’s Boreal North: examining past and present biogeographical relationships

Sonja Bols

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: K. Greer & B. Montgomerie (Queens)

Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) Management and Status Update for the Lake Nipissing Watershed - Part of the Great Lakes Upper St. Lawrence Population, Ontario, Canada

Nikki Commanda

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisor: R. Mirza

Assessing the implementation of Ontario’s Overall Benefit Permit Program

Adam Curran

Master of Environmental Studies

Research Supervisor: Dan Walters

The use of automated recording and UAV technology to determine how emerald ash borer (Agrillus planipennis) invasion affects avian vocal behaviour and community composition in municipal woodlots

Mandy Ehnes

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: J. Dech & J. Foote (Algoma)

Application of isotope hydrology in the study of hydroelectric watersheds

Nancy England

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisor: A. James

Negotiating Competence: Perspectives on Capital Exchange and Occupational Socialization in Cultural Resource Management

Drew Gauthier

Master of Environmental Studies

Research Supervisor: C. Dokis

Hydrogeomorphic Classification Approach for the Hudson Bay Lowlands in the Attawapiskat Watershed

Brittany Germain

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: A. James & B. Branfireun (Western)

Seasonal Dynamics of Water Quality and Thermal Stratification Patterns of Callander Bay, Ontario

Jamie Girard

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: A. James & D. Walters

Exploring the fully-polarimetric capabilities of RADARSAT-2 for monitoring a degraded white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) forest of the Mexican Pacific

Duncan Hill

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: J. Kovacs

Multilocality and Multivocality of Place in a Subarea of the Algonquin Land Claim Settlement: The Perspectives of Trappers and Hunters

Mary Kelly

Master of Environmental Studies

Research Supervisor: C. Dokis and K. Greer

Using stable isotopes to estimate long-term average water balance conditions for headwater lakes in south-central Ontario

Christopher McConnell

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: A. James & H. Yao (MOECC DESC)

Reconstructing the Plio-Pleistocene climate in Alaska and the Yukon using δ13C and δ18O isotopic signatures of Larch (Larix lacricina)

Laurel Muldoon

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: A. James & A. Csank (Desert Research Institute - Reno)

Exploring underlying determinants of wastewater system risk in First Nation communities across Canada

Vijanti Ramlogan Murphy

Master of Environmental Studies

Research Supervisors: D. Walters

Exploring land-based activities and well-being

Paige Restoule

Master of Environmental Studies

Research Supervisors: C. Dokis

Exploring hyperspectral data and nitrogen application levels for two field crops located in the West Nipissing agricultural region of northern Ontario

Stephanie Rhude

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: J. Kovacs

Development of Electroanalytical-Based Sensors for the Determination of Low-Oxidation State Sulfur Species and their Removal from Water

Ashley Ryan

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: S. Kariuki

Using a multi-variate approach to describe the regeneration niche of black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marsh.) in the Great Lakes - St Lawrence forest

Amanda Springer

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: J. Dech

Assessing the Intensity and Behaviours of Past Fires Using the Oxygen-Isotope Composition of Char

Tegan McWhirter

Master of Environmental Science

Research Supervisors: J. Dech & E. Webb (Western)

Current Graduate Students

Name Program Research Interest(s) Research Supervisor(s)
Sonja Bols MESc Bank Swallows and Canada’s Boreal North: examining past and present biogeographical relationships K. Greer & B. Montgomerie (Queens)
Nikki Commanda MESc Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) Management and Status Update for the Lake Nipissing Watershed - Part of the Great Lakes Upper St. Lawrence Population, Ontario, Canada R. Mirza
Adam Curran MES Assessing the implementation of Ontario’s Overall Benefit Permit Program D. Walters
Mandy Ehnes MESc The use of automated recording and UAV technology to determine how emerald ash borer (Agrillus planipennis) invasion affects avian vocal behaviour and community composition in municipal woodlots J. Dech & J. Foote (Algoma)
Nancy England MESc Application of isotope hydrology in the study of hydroelectric watersheds A. James
Drew Gauthier MES Negotiating Competence: Perspectives on Capital Exchange and Occupational Socialization in Cultural Resource Management C. Dokis
Brittany Germain MESc Hydrogeomorphic Classification Approach for the Hudson Bay Lowlands in the Attawapiskat Watershed A. James & B. Branfireun (Western)
Jamie Girard MESc Seasonal Dynamics Of Water Quality And Thermal Stratification Patterns Of Callander Bay, Ontario A. James & D. Walters
Duncan Hill MESc Exploring the fully-polarimetric capabilities of RADARSAT-2 for monitoring a degraded white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) forest of the Mexican Pacific J. Kovacs
Mary Kelly MES Multilocality and Multivocality of Place in a Subarea of the Algonquin Land Claim Settlement: The Perspectives of Trappers and Hunters C. Dokis and K. Greer
Christopher McConnell MESc Using stable isotopes to estimate long-term average water balance conditions for headwater lakes in south-central Ontario A. James & H. Yao (MOECC DESC)
Laurel Muldoon MESc Reconstructing the Plio-Pleistocene climate in Alaska and the Yukon using δ13C and δ18O isotopic signatures of Larch (Larix lacricina) A. James & A. Csank (Desert Research Institute - Reno)
Vijanti Ramlogan Murphy MES Exploring underlying determinants of wastewater system risk in First Nation communities across Canada D. Walters
Paige Restoule MES Exploring land-based activities and well-being C. Dokis
Stephanie Rhude MESc Exploring hyperspectral data and nitrogen application levels for two field crops located in the West Nipissing agricultural region of northern Ontario J. Kovacs
Ashley Ryan MESc Development of Electroanalytical-Based Sensors for the Determination of Low-Oxidation State Sulfur Species and their Removal from Water S. Kariuki
Amanda Springer MESc Using a multi-variate approach to describe the regeneration niche of black ash (Fraxinus nigra Marsh.) in the Great Lakes - St Lawrence forest J. Dech
Tegan McWhirter MESc Assessing the Intensity and Behaviours of Past Fires Using the Oxygen-Isotope Composition of Char J. Dech & E. Webb (Western)

Recent Graduates

Name Program Research Interest(s)
Corrine Arthur MESc Testing the Diversity-Stability Hypothesis in Dry Forests of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Forest Region of Canada
Brandon Brown MES Spatial and temporal variability of First Nations drinking water risk
Jeff Cable MESc Influence of incidence angle and growth stage on polarimetric parameters of agricultural crops: An application using RADARSAT-2 multi-temporal data
Corrine Collin MESc The suitability of Lake Shikwamkwa, in Northern Ontario, to support an introduced Lake Char population throughout all of its life stages
Rhonda Gagnon MES Anishinabek and Government Perspectives on Why Consultation is Important: An ethnographic approach
Devan Grainger MES Rural communities, subsistence activities, the development and implementation of social capital and social agencies, the interaction between global markets and local communities
Dale Klodnicki MESc A Characterization of Benthic Invertebrate Community Assemblages in Northwestern Ontario Streams
Imane Meddah MESc Chemical characterization and identification of Ostariophysan alarm cues
Nathan Mountain MESc Source Water Contributions to Stream Flow in the Wasi Watershed Using Stable Isotope and Geochemical Tracers
Amanda Paulin MES Ontario Forest Products: Branding and Certification
John Perry MESc The Effect of Environmental Calcium on Olfactory-Mediated Predator-Prey Interactions in Pumpkinseed Sunfish
Steven Piquette MESc Determination of Littoral Benthic Macroinvertebrate Diversity in Response to Calcium Decline in Northern Ontario Lakes
Oriana Pokorny MESc Memory of conspecifics in Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus)
David Poliquin MESc TTX and Newts: A Powerful Neurotoxins Role in Newt Danger Avoidance
Megan Prescott MESc Using the Lake Analyzer tool to characterize weather related controls on mixing and stratification events in three Lake Nipissing embayments
Zach Rawluck MESc Sulfur Dioxide Pollution Histories of Sudbury Smelters Revealed by Northeastern Ontario Tree Rings
Olawale Sogbein MESc Comparing The Potentials for Process-Peat and Mined Zeolite For Removal of Dissolved Heavy Metal Toxins from Mining and Other Industrial Wastewaters
Jennifer Thompson MES Agricultural Promotion and Apiculture in Ontario, 1880-1910
Elisha Townshend MESc Modeling Wood Fibre Length Based on Ecosite and Tree Crown Size of Black Spruce
Jeff Wilson MESc The Application of Hyperspectral Remote Sensing Data for Precision Agriculture in Northeastern Ontario