Opoku Asenso

I am a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Prof. Fraser Taylor. I am particularly interested in geographies of health, including the application of qualitative and geospatial methods to social health policy research.

The primary goal of my doctoral research project is to combine qualitative, quantitative and geospatial methods to investigate and critically evaluate the spatial aspects of the social barriers to access to, and use of, preventive facilities and services for chlamydia among Canadian youth (15 to 24 years) in Calgary.


Tara Cater

I am a SSHRC doctoral scholar in Geography with a specialization in Political Economy. My research interests focus on critical northern geographies, labour mobility in resource development industries, and geographies of Indigenous/ non-Indigenous relations.

My doctoral research explores resource development related migration networks bringing mine workers from the southern regions of Canada (defined as south of 60 degrees north) to work in northern regions of Canada. My research objective is to investigate coping strategies, motivation for, and objection to long-distance commuting, across the multiple spaces of the workplace, travel, and home. I bring together literature on northern development, political economy, and multi-sited ethnography to ask, “What are the implications of the predominantly temporary and flexible needs of Fly-in- Fly-out work organizations, for workers, their families, and communities? And How have various actors taken up the work of social reproduction of workers, families, and communities?”

Doug PawsonDoug Pawson

Douglas is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography where his interests reside in economic and financial geographies, particularly the ways in which place-based financial intermediaries intentionally deploy finance capital to generate positive social impact.  His broader interests span the social economy, but with specific interest in social enterprise and social finance. Doug was awarded the first Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Impact Investing & Policy Innovation where he worked as a Fellow with the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative and the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation to examine the potential of equity-tax credits in supporting Canada’s social finance landscape.

In addition to his PhD work, Doug is currently the Executive Director of CISED.  He carries significant experience in building and managing social enterprise and microfinance programs having come directly from the Causeway Work Centre, an Ottawa-based community economic development organization.  In addition, Doug serves as a volunteer on the steering committee for EARN, a United Way led group working to promote meaningful employment for persons with disabilities and on the executive of FLANO, a network of  community practitioners promoting financial literacy amongst Ottawa’s low-income and vulnerable populations.

Douglas has an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University, a Master of Philosophy in Policy Studies from the University of New Brunswick, and a B.A. in Political Studies and English from Bishop’s University.

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I completed my B.Sc. from Nipissing University in Environment and Physical Geography with a minor in Chemistry. I completed my undergraduate thesis in the realms of hydrochemistry under the supervision of Dr. Krystopher Chutko and Dr. Stephen Kariuki. My research examined the transport of total phosphorus into the Veuve River through the agricultural development around the community of Verner in West Nipissing.

After completing my B.Sc. I was given an amazing opportunity to do field research in Canada’s sub-arctic before the start of my M.Sc. at Carleton University. Under the supervision of Dr. Stephan Gruber I am looking at accurately and effectively quantifying permafrost thaw with the use of a terrestrial laser scanner in man-made and tundra environments. My research is important because as permafrost thaws the surface can change, which will cause the surface cover (e.g., infrastructure or vegetation) to change too (e.g., move, break, and/or collapse).

Nicolas Pelletier

I completed my BSc and MSc degrees in geography at Université de Montréal, where I started working in the field of paleoecology (i.e. the reconstruction of past environmental variables using natural archives such as lake sediments and peatlands).

I started my PhD at Carleton in 2016 with a focus on metal contaminant cycling in northern environments. Specifically, I am conducting research in the Northwest Territories and Yukon on the transport of heavy metals to aquatic ecosystems by human and natural processes, such as wildfires. My research combines paleoenvironmental and geospatial analysis and environmental monitoring. My research is funded by NSERC, FRQNT (Quebec) and OGS (Ontario). I am co-supervised by Dr. Jesse Vermaire (Carleton) and Dr. John Chetelat (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and work closely with the Northwest Territories government.

My ongoing projects include:

– The impact of local wildfires on the transport of heavy metals to northern lakes of North Slave Region (Northwest Territories)
– An evaluation of legacy lead pollution in the Yellowknife Bay (Northwest Territories) using stable lead isotopes
– The impact of regional fire activity on mercury loading to lakes around Whitehorse (Yukon)
– Comparing paleoenvironmental records of metal deposition fluxes to modern air monitoring data around Little Fox Lake (Yukon)

Alison Perrin

I am currently a doctoral student in the Department of Geography under the supervision of Dr. Gita Ljubicic. My research interests lie in climate change impacts and adaptations, science-policy in the North, and human-environment relationships. My graduate research focuses on research policy for Canada’s North, examining barriers and enablers to northern participation in research processes. I hope to identify how research can better address northern priorities and enhance regional capacity to make evidence-based policies.

I live in the Yukon and work at the Yukon Research Centre, based in Yukon College, where I conduct and coordinate research on climate change adaptation related to traditional land use, mining, and infrastructure. I earned a Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communications at Royal Roads University where my research focused on how experiential outdoor education and immersive experiences in nature influence the development of an environmental ethic.

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Stacey Lynne Strilesky completed Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees at Carleton University where her undergraduate research explored cryoplanation terraces in the Yukon and her graduate research focused on carbon cycling in peatlands. She then transitioned into a several year stint in international research program administration at the University of Alberta.  She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Canada and her forays abroad include a year residing in the German countryside to further develop her German language skills.

Her academic area of interest is the reclamation of large tracts of land after open-pit mining of the oil sands in northern Alberta, Canada where an important aspect of reclamation from a regulatory perspective is the assessment of whether or not reclaimed landscapes have been returned to pre-disturbance land use capability.  The research objectives are to understand how forest ecosystem form (e.g., plant cover) and function (e.g., cycling of carbon) are integrated into the current regulatory framework and then investigate the role that techniques for assessing the functioning of an ecosystem may contribute to the appraisal process.  Analysis of the exchange of carbon dioxide and water between the ecosystem and the atmosphere using the eddy covariance technique is of particular interest as a method for assessing the functional capability of reclaimed landscapes.


Jennie Barron

I am a SSHRC-funded doctoral candidate doing research on community orchards as exemplars of new urban commons. I am interested in this new (but also very old) approach to collective self-provisioning and self-governance around land use, and how it relates to neoliberalism, urban/public space and food security. I am drawing on theoretical work on the history and institutions of the commons to see what guidance it can offer to creators and advocates of community orchards (and, by extension, community gardens) and how it may re-frame and challenge existing literature and assumptions about the objectives, meaning and value of these local-scale alternative food initiatives. This work is under the supervision of Dr Patricia Ballamingie.

I come to geography with a very interdisciplinary background, having earned my first degree (Hon.B.ArtsSc) from McMaster’s Arts and Science Programme and then my masters in environmental studies (MES) from York University, where I studied with Dr Roger Keil. The focus of my masters work was the politics and discourses of solidarity work between southern Canadian environmentalists and Aboriginal rights supporters and the Innu of Labrador (Nitassinan).

For my PhD, I am focusing on community-based responses to food insecurity and the question of what it means to adopt a framework of “the commons” as opposed to a charitable one. I am particularly interested in new responses to food insecurity that seek to decommodify food and/or assert a place for food production in public space – for example, public produce gardens, community orchards, food forests, edible landscaping, guerilla grafting (fruit trees) etc.

I live with my husband and children in Nelson, BC, where I also teach in Selkirk College’s Peace Studies Program, and do occasional contract work in community development, social research, and writing. I don’t commute very often to Carleton campus!

Anna Crawford

I completed my undergraduate degree (biology) at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay before moving to Ottawa where I did my MSc (geography) at Carleton University and am now enrolled in the Geography PhD program. I enjoy running and hiking and trained for many years for cross-country ski racing.

AnnaInFieldEditedMy graduate research pertains to large, tabular icebergs (‘ice islands’) which calve from the ice shelves and floating glacial tongues of the Canadian High Arctic and northwestern Greenland, respectively. I am interested in how ice islands deteriorate as they drift south into regions of present and anticipated industrial activities, such as shipping and natural resource extraction. The Water and Ice Research lab, of which I am involved with, works closely with the Canadian Ice Service and ArcticNet for research planning and field work logistics.

Teall Hall

I graduated in 2015 from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, and a Minor in Indigenous Studies. My previous research at Laurentian focused on water issues in remote communities in Northern Quebec.

I am currently in my first year of the MA program with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton. Working under the supervision of Jeremy Schmidt and Mike Brklacich, my research focuses on Indigenous perspectives on transboundary water management agreements for the Mackenzie River Basin. I am interested in the role of Indigenous peoples in environmental decision-making in the North.

Emily Lindsay

I completed my undergraduate degree in Geomatics at Carleton in 2012, my undergraduate research focused on cartography and automated mapping applications. The guidance and support of my professors encouraged me to pursue a graduate degree at Carleton.

I am currently in the MSc geography program and my research is focused on remote sensing for agricultural applications. I am particularly interested in operational mapping procedures and I am working with Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada on improving the methodology for distinguishing between rangeland and forage land cover classes in the Prairie provinces.

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Before studying at Carleton, Marcus obtained a B.Sc. (Physical Geography) and an M.Sc. (Soil Science) from the University of Saskatchewan where he studied the role of cryoturbation in the depth distribution of soil organic carbon in mineral soils of Truelove Lowland, Devon Island, Nunavut and near Wright Pass, Richardson Mountains, Yukon.

Currently studying in the Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Chris Burn with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His primary interest is the pedology and biogeochemical cycling of permafrost-affected soils, and his Ph.D. research investigates the distribution and quality of organic carbon in permafrost-affected mineral soils of the Mackenzie River Delta, Northwest Territories. Organic carbon distribution and quality play an important role in the global climate system, but are poorly understood. Marcus is conducting the largest study ever undertaken of soil organic carbon in the Mackenzie Delta Region, and hopes to contribute to our understanding of where carbon is located in permafrost landscapes, how sensitive it is to climate change, and how it is influenced by geomorphic processes such as cryoturbation and deltaic sedimentation.

Cameron Samson

I’ve completed two undergraduate degrees, a BSc. in Earth Science and Physical Geography with a Minor in Chemistry (2013) and a BSc. in Geomatics (2015) at Carleton University. I’ve worked as a field assistant at Carleton on different research projects collecting data, such as mercury levels in fish in Gatineau Park (Quebec), soil moisture, vegetation densities and streamflow in Alfred Bog (Ontario) and as a GIS analyst on a permafrost borehole drilling campaign in Northwest Territories.

I recently completed my MSc under the supervision of Dr. Scott Mitchell and Dr. Murray Richardson, with support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. My research was focused on hydrological process modeling and agricultural systems, looking at representing changes to agri-environmental factors such as flood risk, erosion, surface runoff, sediment transport, and irrigation using a GIS based dynamic model.

Keegan on phone looking at a rock.Keegan Smith

I earned my B.Sc. from Mount Allison University in 2013, with a double major in Environmental Science and Biology. My Honours thesis project was to create a land-cover classification for the Tantramar Marsh, New Brunswick, based on LiDAR and air photographs. This was then applied to quantify the carbon content of forest stands in the area. I also conducted summer research on aquatic hyphomycete fungi, with co-authorship of a paper focusing on the ecological stoichiometry of these organisms.

My M.Sc. project at Carleton is focused on the Apex River watershed near Iqaluit, NU, where I will be modelling snow accumulation and melt as part of my supervisor’s (Dr. Murray Richardson) study of trace metals in the area. I’m currently in my first year, and this will be my first research work conducted in the North. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Carleton thus far.”

Romola Vasantha (Thumbadoo) Trebilcock

I am of East Indian ancestry, was born in South Africa, and have resided in Canada since 1970, earning degrees in English Literature at McMaster University (BA Hons and MA).  I worked extensively for the federal government, chiefly within the criminal justice system (federal corrections, Aboriginal justice and restorative justice), for over twenty-five years. Over the past seventeen years, I have served as voluntary coordinator of the Circle of All Nations. I also serve as volunteer director with the Wolf Project, which is dedicated to honouring efforts to promote racial harmony. I have written two books on the work of William Commanda and have published a photo journal on my kayaking explorations of Bitobi Lake, Quebec, viewing environment in part through the lens of indigenous wisdom, reflexivity, subjectivity and inter-subjectivity.  I propose to integrate my past work, volunteer and educational background in my doctoral examination of William Commanda’s Circle of All Nations discourse.

I am presently engaged in doctoral studies in geography and cybercartography at Carleton University, inquiring into the contemporary relevance of the environmental stewardship work and legacy of William Commanda  (late Algonquin Elder, 1913 – 1911; Officer of the Order of Canada, carrier of Sacred Wampum Belts, holder of two honorary doctorate degrees, and a Key to the City of Ottawa); this includes his efforts to challenge colonization and historical oppression of Indigenous voice, and advance Indigenous awareness, environmental stewardship, racial harmony, and peace building through a process of inclusion and reconciliation in his Circle of All Nations work. This work entailed the creation of a global eco-community linked by his unshakeable conviction that in a very fundamental way, as children of Mother Earth, we all belong together, irrespective of colour, creed or culture, and that recognition of relationship with Earth, fundamental to Indigenous thought, is critically important to a contemporary understanding of environmental challenges and  global connections.

I am exploring whether and to what extent an analysis of the work, thoughts and influence of William Commanda on environment, relationships and related matters can contribute to a great contemporary integration of his Anicinabe approach to knowledge generation in academic discourse on these issues. In part, this examination entails the creation of a cybercartographic atlas to map historical and emergent data on his work.

Jason Wong

I am a M.A. student working under Dr. Fraser Taylor with a background in International Development and GIS. My research focuses on the potential for traditional practices and e-governance to improve pasture management in Kyrgyzstan. My team travels to mountainous towns and gives training to herders and their children on how they can map their traditional management practices. I then implement an open-access web atlas that visualizes this data and allows our participants and policymakers to discuss possible adjustments.

As a Chinese-Canadian who speaks French and Russian, my passion is to promote pluralism through geospatial visualizations. Prior to Carleton, I was a GIS and Knowledge Management consultant with the University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan. I have also worked with governmental and international development agencies in Tajikistan and Nepal. Away from my research, I enjoy Latin dance and am a bronze medallist at the 2014 Pan-American Wushu Championship in Costa Rica.