This list of faculty and staff are commonly involved in courses of the Environmental and Resource Science/Studies degrees, which is administered by the Trent School of the Environment.

To see a full list of all the faculty and staff in the Trent School of the Environment, please visit the School's Faculty and Staff web page.


Person Index by Position


Professor and Directory of the School of the Environment

Dr. Shaun WatmoughDr. Shaun A. Watmough

Professor and Director of the Trent School of the Environment
B.Sc. (Liverpool Polytechnic), Ph.D. (Liverpool John Moores)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7876

ESC A132


Interests include:

Ecosystems are threatened by a multitude of environmental stresses ranging from disturbance at local scales to global climate change. I am interested in how ecosystems respond to environmental stress, which also requires a greater understanding of how stresses impact on ecosystems. My research focuses on the impacts of acid rain, climate change, nutrient depletion, forestry and metals on forest and lake ecosystems. The research studies range from long-term catchment scale programs to short term laboratory isotope tracer experiments. Information from these studies is used to develop predictive models that are used to estimate the response of ecosystems to environmental stresses.


Dr. Stephen Bocking

Dr. Stephen Bocking


B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7883

Contact the TSE office (ESC C204).


Trent University Home Page

Interests include:

The roles of science in environmental policy and politics; environmental history and history of science.


Dr. Peter DillonDr. Peter J. Dillon

Cross-appointed with the Chemistry Department.

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7536

CSB F110


Interests include:

Nutrient dynamics and modelling; acidification of lakes and streams and trace metal dynamics.


Dr. Michael FoxDr. Michael G. Fox


Cross-appointed with the Biology Department.
B.Sc. (Pennsylvania), M.E.Des. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Queen's)

(on leave Jul-Dec 2014)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7873

DNA D236


Interests include:

Fish ecology, fisheries management for lakes and rivers, biology of invasive aquatic species and their impacts; teaches Environmental Science for Teacher Education (ERSC 2700Y), Fish Ecology (BIOL 3140H), and Fisheries Assessment and Management (ERSC-BIOL 4240H).


Dr. Stephen FranklinDr. Steven E. Franklin


Cross-appointed with the Geography Department.
B.E.S., M.A., Ph.D. (Waterloo)

(on sabbatical until July 2015)


Interests include:

Using Remote Sensing and GIS to explore and investigate the impacts of humans on the environment, including loss of biodiversity.


Dr. Holger HintelmannDr. Holger Hintelmann

Professor & Dean of Arts & Science- Science
Cross-appointed with the Chemistry Department.

B.Sc., Ph.D. (Hamburg)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7659

CSB F113


Interests include:

Our general interest aims at a better understanding of the factors that control the (bio)availability of metals to develop descriptive models predicting their fate in the environment. Instructs several Chemistry and ERS-Chemistry joint courses.


Dr. Chris MetcalfeDr. Chris D. Metcalfe

Professor & Director of the Institute for Watershed Science.

B.Sc. (Manitoba), M.Sc. (New Brunswick), Ph.D. (McMaster)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7272

SC 205 (lab in CSB F113)


Interests include:

Determination of the environmental fate and toxic effects of organic contaminants in the aquatic environment, especially in the fate and toxic effects of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, alkylphenol ethoxylate surfactants and prescription and non-prescription drugs in the aquatic environment. Also research on endocrine disruption in fish. I also have international research experience through work in Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Indonesia.


Dr. Dirk WallschlagerDr. Dirk Wallschläger

Professor & Director of the Trent Water Quality Centre

Cross-appointed with the Chemistry Department.
M.Sc. (Bochum), Ph.D. (Bremen)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7378

CSB F114


Interests include:

Development of analytical methods for the speciation of trace elements in natural and industrial environments; study of cycling and fate of trace element species in impacted ecosystems; behavior of trace element species during industrial water and waste treatment procedures.


Associate Professors

Dr. Julian AherneDr. Julian Aherne

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Environmental Modelling
B.A. (TCD), M.Appl.Sc (UCD), Grad. Dipl. (TCD), Ph.D. (UCD)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7887

ESC B303


Interests include:

Research involves using models to improve our understanding of pollutants in the environment.


Dr. Chris FurgalDr. Christopher M. Furgal

Associate Professor

Cross-appointed with the Indigenous Studies Department and appointed to the Indigenous Environmental Studies Program.
B.Sc. (Western), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo)

(on leave Jul 2014-Jun 2015)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7953

GCS 303


Interests include:

Environmental health risk assessment, management and communication; Indigenous environmental health with focus on Arctic populations; Indigenous knowledge and science for environment and health research; mixed methods research. Topics of recent research include environmental contaminants, food security and climate change and the health of northern Indigenous communities.


Dr. Magda HavasDr. Magda Havas

Associate Professor
B.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)

(on leave July 2013 - June 2014)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7882

ESC B309


Interests include:

Response of aquatic biota to acidification and metal (Al, Cu, Ni) contamination in Ontario and in the Canadian arctic (Smoking Hills). Biological and chemical recovery of acidic, metal-contaminated lakes near Sudbury. Biological effects of energy fields (BEEF) including electromagnetic fields and geomagnetic fields. Communication science to non-scientists. Innovative uses of computer technology to enhance learning.


Dr. Stephen HillDr. Stephen D. Hill

Associate Professor
B.Sc., B.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Calgary), P.Eng.

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7368

ESC A107


Interests include:


Dr. David HoldsworthDr. David G. Holdsworth

Associate Professor
B.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Western Ontario)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7642

ESC B308


Interests include:

Environmentalism as a moral discourse; reflexivity within environmental theory; observation and representation in physical theory; valuation and interpretation of mathematics; the (algebraic) topos as site of theory; political discourses and cultural organization of scientific community; interdisciplinary and professional practice within post-modern culture.


Dr. Raul Ponce-HernandezDr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez

Associate Professor
Cross-appointed with the Geography Department.

B.Eng., M.Sc. (Chapingo), D.Phil. (Oxford)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7646

ESC B304


Interests include:

Head of the Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Land Resources Laboratory. GIS/RS research and applications to spatial modelling and process-based modelling of natural and anthropogenic phenomena (i.e. land suitability, land degradation, contaminants, terrestrial carbon cycle and other soil fertility elements, biodiversity, desertification). Design of GIS/modelling-based methods for land-use planning, ecological and economic zoning and watershed management planning. Applications to agriculture and forestry, environmental assessment and natural resources planning. Links to the UN-FAO and international projects (i.e. mainly Latin America and the Caribbean).


Dr. Tom WhillansDr. Tom Whillans

Associate Professor
B.A. (Guelph), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7789

ESC B310


Interests include:

Conservation and management of wetlands, impacts of marsh land management on aquatic biota, ecological constraints to lake level management and to wetland habitats, renewable resource management, Great Lakes and Kawartha area fisheries.


Assistant Professors

Dr. David V. Beresford

Assistant Professor
B.Sc. (Trent University), B.Ed. (Queen's University), Ph.D. (Trent University)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7540

LHS D217


Interests include:

My research areas are: the role of dispersal in insect and mite populations, stable flies as pests of dairy and beef farms, and insect diversity in the Hudson bay lowlands. I also study insects that colonize corpses, such as blow flies and carrion beetles.


Dr. Brendan HickieDr. Brendan Hickie

Assistant Professor
B.Sc.Agr. (University of Guelph, M.Sc. and Ph.D. (University of Waterloo)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7623

ESC A128


Interests include:

Dr. Hickie teaches in a range of courses including Natural Science Statistics, Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Ecology.

Dr. Hickie’s research involves study of fate of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems, their bioaccumulation through food webs and particularly accumulation by wildlife such as marine mammals, mink and river otter. Through this research he has developed expertise in modelling the multi-media fate of organic chemicals using fugacity-based models and their bioaccumulation by individual species and through food webs. Dr. Hickie has developed a number of novel bioaccumulation models for six species marine mammals (including beluga, ringed seals, orcas and bottlenose dolphins), and a mercury accumulation model for mink.

The marine mammal models have been used to examine temporal trends and the risk associated with exposure histories for PCBs and other persistent organic pollutants in marine mammal populations from various locations in Canada, the U.S.A. and Taiwan. In recent years, Dr Hickie’s research has increasingly focused on the fate and bioaccumulation of mercury in aquatic ecosystems through projects supported by the Collaborative Mercury Research Network (COMERN) and the ongoing ArcticNet project "Effects of Climate Change on Carbon and Contaminant Cycling in the Arctic Coastal and Marine Ecosystems”.


Dr. Stephanie RutherfordDr. Stephanie Rutherford

Assistant Professor
B.A. (University of Toronto); M.Sc. (University of Guelph); Ph.D. (York University)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7187

ESC A112


Interests include:


Dr. Mehdi SharifiDr. Mehdi Sharifi

Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Agriculture
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Isfahan University of Technology)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7954

ESC A118


Interests include:


Part-Time Instructors

Ms. Paula Anderson

  • Paula runs a 2-acre market garden full of organic vegetables, and is involved with food organizations such as Sun Root Organics and By the Bushel.  As well, she works part-time for Peterborough Green-Up. Instructs our course "The Canadian Food System: A Community Development Approach" (ERST 3340H).
    Profile on Peterborough Blooms Website

Mr. Ian Attridge

  • Lands Manager and Counsel for the Kawartha Land Trust. A lawyer with ecological and agricultural training and expertise in stewardship, trails and conservation techniques, he co-instructs our Environmental Law courses (ERST 3250H & ERST 4250H).
    Profile on Kawartha Land Trust Website

Mr. Brian Basterfield

Ms. Wendy Hicks

  • Currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Toronto, Wendy instructs our ERST 2525H course.
    Linked-In Profile

Dr. Tom C. Hutchinson

Professor Emeriti &
Part Time Instructor
B.Sc. (Manchester), Ph.D. (Sheffield), F.R.S.C.

(705) 748-1011 ext. 1634

ESC B301


Interests include:

Studies on the impacts and mechanisms of anthropogenic stresses on natural ecosystems, especially of air pollution, acid rain, ozone and toxic metals on forested and tundra ecosystems. Impacts of smelters on watersheds and evolution of metal tolerant organisms. Studies on the causes of forest decline, especially of sugar maple in Ontario and Quebec. Environmental consequences of nuclear war (nuclear winter). Effects on forests of soil acidification. Studies on biodiversity in old-growth forests. Sustainable agriculture. Conservation of livestock and crop genetic resources.


Mr. John Jackson

Mr. Rick Lindgren

Ms. Clarissa Morawski

Mr. Jacob Rodenburg

Dr. Eric Sager

Mr. Ambrose Samulski

  • Director of the Trent Small Business Institute at Durham and working in the company World ICU, Ambrose teachers our first year courses (ERSC 1010H & 1020H at Trent's Durham campus.
    Profile on World ICU Website

Administrative Staff

Mary O'Grady

Academic Administrative Secretary

for the ERS Program, the Geography Department, and the Trent School of the Environment.

Trent School of the Environment main office:

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7199

ESC C204



Demonstrator-Technician Staff

Ms. Dorothy HowardMs. Dorothy Howard-Gill

Demonstrator - Technician

B.Sc. (McGill), M.Sc. (Trent)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7426

ESC C201.1


Interests include:

Environmental interests include the chemistry of aquatic environments and potable groundwater supplies. Main passion in life - animal rights. Involved in supporting all ERS courses particularly ERSC 215, ERSC 220, ERSC 270, ERSC 370 and ERSC 424.


Mr. Robert LoneyMr. Robert Loney

Demonstrator - Technician

B.Sc. (Toronto)

(705) 748-1011 ext. 7870

ESC A204.1


Trent University Web Page

Interests include:

Practical applications of environmental techniques, especially in energy consumption: what can the typical person do to improve the environment? Involved in supporting many ERS courses, particularly ERSC 1000Y, the GIS courses, and ERSC 3200Y. Also provides technical/computer support, timetables Environmental and Resource Science and Studies courses, and other duties.



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