The Founders Seminar is the Geography and Environmental Studies Departmental Seminar speakers series. Speakers are invited to present to an audience of students and faculty with an interest in Geography (human and physical) and Geomatics. The name “Founders Seminar” was chosen around the year 2000 to honour the founding members of the relatively young department: those who were present from the 1950s and those who were part of the major growth cycle in the late 60s and 70s. These individuals started the Department and later formed the base for its application for the Ph.D. degree.

Seminars will be held in person Loeb A220 from 2:30pm – 4pm on Wednesdays.
The Geography and Environmental Studies Departmental Seminar Series is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please send requests for accommodation to Natalia Fierro


Fall 2023 Founders Seminar Schedule

Speaker Bios

John Reid brings over 20 years of experience working closely with iwi. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Economic Development Manager at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, which represents and facilitates the development of one of Aotearoa’s most affluent and populous iwi. Currently, he holds leadership or co-leadership positions in three mission-led national research programs dedicated to fostering sustainability transitions within the farming and fishing sectors.  In addition to his professional expertise, Dr. Reid is a registered tribal member of Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa, further enhancing his connection and understanding of iwi.

Morgan A. Crowley is a Forest Fire Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service and the Tier 2 science lead of the WildFireSat mission. As a science lead for the upcoming WildFireSat mission, Dr. Crowley leads the algorithmic development of Earth-observation-based fire behaviour products and the multi-source fire perimeter development using virtual constellation data inputs. Dr. Crowley’s broader fire monitoring research is interdisciplinary in nature, often bridging gaps between scientists and end-users using qualitative and quantitative approaches. Through her research and outreach, Dr. Crowley is working to make Earth observation sciences more accessible for all. She is co-editor of an open-access Google Earth Engine textbook ( and a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion in remote sensing. Dr. Crowley has been internationally recognized for her scientific research and outreach, including as an inaugural 2022-2023 Google Developer Expert, an inaugural 2021 Geospatial Rising Star by Geospatial World Media, and a leader in Machine Learning for Earth Observations (ML4EO) by Radiant Earth Foundation.

Charles Brunette is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. His current work interrogates knowledge production in Arctic sciences, using a critical remote sensing approach. Charles previously completed his PhD in atmospheric and oceanic sciences at McGill University. Building on his doctoral work on sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and his interest in northern imaginaries, he seeks to better understand how remote sensing and related technologies contribute to the production of space in the context of a rapidly changing Arctic climate.