JennieJennie 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!

Smiling Profile Picture of Andrea CarrionAndrea Carrion
My professional practice and academic interests revolve around local governance, urban management, social production of habitat, public policies and land use planning. I have worked with grassroots organizations, international networks, academic institutions and the national public sector in Ecuador. I give emphasis to documenting ‘praxis’ and bringing into the debate voices that represent different positions and perspectives. At Carleton, I join efforts to promote Latin America and Caribbean studies and to support TA training. In the Department of Geography, I volunteer with the graduate students advisory committee.

My doctoral research explores municipal discourses and practices in the regulation of mining enclaves. I develop a scale-sensitive, ethnographic and historical approach to state theory that highlights the differential involvement of multiple actors and everyday processes shaping resource governance. I am interested in understanding how local governments develop relative autonomy to organize public services, mediate conflicts and capture revenues in mining regions. My case study is the long durée of the gold district of Zaruma-Portovelo, Ecuador, 1896-1998.

TaraCaterEditedTara 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?”

Anna CrawfordAnna 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.


Michelle Fairbrother
I graduated in 2014 from the University of Waterloo from the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies Co-op Program, with a minor in French Studies, and a diploma in Environmental Assessment. My professional experience includes working as an environmental consultant in development of Canadian waste diversion programs, an environmental educator, and Assistant Environmental Officer with Public Works and Government Services Canada.

My research focuses on improving modelling techniques for landscape spatial heterogeneity, and which measures best reflect biodiversity levels at farmland study sites in Eastern Ontario. I will be evaluating varied types of heterogeneity measures, as well as different spatial extents at which biodiversity responds to observed landscape pattern. The findings of this research can be implemented practically as a basis for policy or guidelines to modify landscape structure in ways that are known to enhance biodiversity in Eastern Ontario.


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.


Dana Holtby
I am a graduate of McGill University where I completed a B.A. in Environmental Studies and International Development. My undergraduate research included fieldwork in Panama, where I focused my studies on the Canadian mining industry.

Under the supervision of Prof. Emilie Cameron, my current research focuses on government-industry partnerships and capitalism in mining.  I have also worked as a research assistant on the Community Readiness Initiative in Kugluktuk, NU, evaluating the community’s development needs as mining pressures increase across the territory.

Amelia JohnsonAmelia Johnson
After graduating from Carleton with a B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Geomatics, I spent some time in Thailand doing coral reef conservation.

I am back at Carleton working on my M.Sc in Geography, learning about riparian and agricultural ecosystems. Currently, I am working on Agri-Environmental Sustainability Metrics, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Under the supervision of Scott Mitchell and Andrew Davidson, I am looking into biodiversity metrics in riparian zones adjacent to agriculture.

Emily Lindsey

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.


Katie McPherson
I graduated from Carleton University in 2015, with a B.A. in Human Rights and a minor in Human Geography. It was during my undergraduate studies that I took a particular interest in geographies of health and health care.

Under the co-supervision of Dr. Paul Mkandawire and Dr. Jennifer Ridgley, my current research focuses on the social and political factors that set the context for the shifting patterns of health. Specifically, I will be conducting a case study of South Sudanese Canadians in Ottawa to better understand why, despite access to free health care, health problems continue to mount in this community, and how these health challenges might correspond to the experience of migration.

KoreenPostKoreen Millard

Before starting my PhD at Carleton, I completed an undergrad in Geography at Bishop’s University, an Advanced Diploma in GIS at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), and an MSc degree at Acadia University in Applied Geomatics.  My MSc research focused on the development of geomatics techniques, particularly LiDAR, to salt marsh restoration planning in the Bay of Fundy. I then worked for the federal government for several years in Ottawa doing GIS and remote sensing.

KoreenBogI am in my 4th year of my PhD and have completed several field seasons in various peatlands across Canada. I use a wide variety of remote sensing, GIS and statistical techniques to study peatland hydrology in temperate and sub-arctic Canada. At the Debeers Victor Mine (northern Ontario) and the Alfred Bog (eastern Ontario) I am developing methods to monitor changes in peatland water table and soil moisture using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). In addition to SAR I am also using UAV imagery and LiDAR data to build 3D models of the surface and vegetation within the peatland to help in better understand the variability we see in the SAR. I also have been collaborating with Canadian Forest Service research scientists in Wood Buffalo National Park (NWT/AB) to use SAR to map wetlands over very large extents. I spend a lot of time at these three sites collecting as much field data as possible in order to analyze the remotely-sensed responses.

MelissaMelissa Nacke

I received my B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. I also completed my Honours thesis, which focused on the biogeochemistry of the inorganic carbon cycle in the Arctic and assessed the impacts of climate change.

My M.Sc. research at Carlton University focuses on large, tabular icebergs known as ice islands. Ice islands in the ocean may be surrounded by an abundance of biological activity caused by an increase in nutrients, which subsequently stimulate growth. There are two possible sources of these nutrients: upwelling of marine deep waters adjacent to the ice island and the ice island’s own melt. My research aims to characterize the physical and biological oceanography of the water column surrounding a grounded ice island near Resolute Bay, Nunavut.

Erica Erica O profileOberndorfer

I’m a graduate of the Arts and Science Program at McMaster University. For my Hons. B. Arts & Science thesis, I worked with Dr. Bob Henderson on the pedagogy of Earth Education. I completed my Masters of Science with Dr. Jeremy Lundholm at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. My MSc thesis focused on “Plant, macrolichen and moss community structure and species richness in the coastal barrens of Nova Scotia.”I have also been very privileged to do field work with the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, and to work with Canadian Wildlife Service as an Aboriginal Liaison Biologist. In this latter role, I worked with Metis communities on harvesting programs.

For my PhD research, I am happy to be working with the Inuit Community of Makkovik in Nunatsiavut, Labrador, and Dr. Gita Ljubicic on the cultural and ecological relationships between people and plants. This research responds to local research priorities shared by Makkovimiut (Makkovik community members) during collaborative research planning. In particular, it seeks to document “the stories people tell about plants”— including plant practices, ways of caring for plants, and the worldviews that anchor people-plant relationships—and to help integrate these stories into local education, wellness, and conservation programming. Cultural knowledge is equally at the heart of interdependent ecological research into “the stories plants tell about people,” which considers how cultural harvesting and management practices affect plant communities. This research aims to encourage discussion on the cultural aspects of northern biological systems, and the ways in which the health of cultural and biological systems is deeply intertwined.I am grateful for the ongoing community and academic support that makes this research possible, including support from the Department of Geography & Environmental Studies. Thank you!

 Profile Picture of Robert Oikle standing on a bridge in the sunRobert Oikle

I’ve received a Certificate of Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts (History), and a Bachelor of Education (Technology Education and Social Studies) from Acadia University. I’ve also attended the Centre of Geographic Sciences, graduating with an Advance Diploma in Geographic Science (Honours). While not in school, I’ve gained experience as a public high school teacher, a benthic invertebrate researcher, and a geographic information systems technician for a watershed research group. I enjoy studying technology, wood carving, and hiking.

Under the supervision of Dr. D. R. Fraser Taylor and Dr. Scott Mitchell, my graduate research examines the use of Cybercartography to explore ancient Roman building practices in Britannia. By combining historical records with geomatics, this research uses the flexibility of the Cybercartographic atlas framework Nunaliit to visualize and explore how ancient construction methods were influenced by multiple geographic factors. The goal of this multidisciplinary research is to illustrate the benefit of geomatics as a tool for historical scholarship and through this process gain an improved understanding of the spatial characteristics that influenced Roman building practices.

ONeill_profileH. Brendan O’Neill

Before attending Carleton University, I completed my B.Sc. in Geography (Co-op) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. I completed my M.Sc. in Geography at Carleton University in September 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Chris Burn. My Master’s research examined the development of near-surface ground ice in the Illisarvik experimentally drained lake basin on Richards Island, NWT.

ArcticMarch29EditedMy Ph.D. research examines permafrost conditions adjacent to the Dempster Highway in the Northwest Territories, and assesses the respective influences of environmental variables on the ground thermal regime in the region. Particularly, the research focuses on the control of air temperature, snow, and soil moisture content on the duration of active layer freezeback and resulting permafrost temperatures. The research sites are along the Dempster Highway between Fort McPherson, NWT and the Yukon Border, within the continuous permafrost zone.

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.

Post Christian Peart Laser ScanningChristian Peart

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).

Profile Picture of MarcusMarcus Phillips

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.

CameronSamsonFieldWorkCameron 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 am currently in my first year of MSc under the supervision of Dr. Scott Mitchel and Dr. Murray Richardson and support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. My graduate research is 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.”

Profile Picture of StaceyStacey Strilesky

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.

StruckmanLuke Struckman

My experience traveling, studying, and working in various locations across North and West Africa and the Middle East has heavily influenced my training and research as a geographer. My experiences in these places contrast greatly with how they were portrayed while I was growing up in the United States. Broadly, my research is concerned with representations of the Middle East and North Africa in American understandings of global geography.

My dissertation project, “Sectarian Mosaics, the Arab Spring, and American Media Geopolitics”, focuses on how the idea of “sectarianism’ (ethnic, racial, and religious conflict) has been used to explain the events of the Arab Spring in the American print media. While sectarianism is frequently used in American understandings of world politics to explain or predict civil or violent conflict, it is a highly problematic way of framing events. My research shows that sectarian categories are derived from racist colonial systems of governance and these colonial understandings continue to be prominent in contemporary American perspectives on the Middle East and North Africa.

RupeshRupesh Subedi

I completed my B.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from Kathmandu University, Nepal in 2013. As Nepal is well known for the country of Himalayas with tremendous natural environments, I got this wonderful opportunity to conduct my Honours project at one of the high altitude lakes (Panch Pokhari) situated at an altitude of 4200 masl. My research examined the current status of this pristine lake under the influence of climate change.

At present, I am doing my M.Sc. degree in Physical Geography at Carleton University under the supervision of Dr. Stephan Gruber. My research is focused in the permafrost regions of the North (Yellowknife) and my major interest is to analyze the cryosolic soil for the assessment of geochemistry and carbon availability at various depths (beyond near-surface permafrost regions). This study is expected to provide reliable evidence on potential carbon release from the thawing soil under the influence of a warming climate. This research will be added, and hopefully further inform, the larger body of research on climate change.

Romola Vasantha (Thumbadoo) Trebilcock and 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.