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Geography Students and Research - July 2014

Kristyn Foster, 4th year Geography major, is spending her summer at the Daring Lake Tundra Ecology Research Station under the supervision of Dr. Peter Lafleur. The Daring Lake field station is a small fly-in camp located 300 km north of Yellowknife, NWT. Kristyn will be assisting a Trent PhD student with studies on carbon balance of tundra ecosystems and she will be conducting her own research project into the vegetation and soil controls on active layer depth in the low Arctic, which will form the basis of an honours thesis.


Considering studying Geography at Trent?

"What I like most about geography is the diversity of the discipline, from subjects like geology to urban planning, geography influences everything. What sets geography at Trent apart from other universities is a field work component associated with almost every class. Everywhere you look in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, there is evidence of physical processes and this area is part of a rural urban fringe. You couldn't find a better place to learn geography than Trent."

Legacy Project: Ethan McDonald, Honours student in Geography


Geography News



2014-15 Course Offerings

Geography course offerings for 2014-15 are now available to view at, including provisional syllabi to download and learn more about human and physical geography courses for next year.

Canadian Geographic visits Trent

As part of the' On the Move' campaign, the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement and its partner, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, have created a short video highlighting a town hall meeting entitled: At Wood’s Edge: Conversations on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The event was hosted by Trent University and featured a panel of CBFA experts and a giant traveling map of Canada’s magnificent boreal forest.

To access the video visit: Canadian Geographic - On the Move at Trent


Natural Sciences & Engineering Council Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC – USRA)

Trent Geography student Kristyn Foster was selected to receive a presitgious NSERC USRA award to study tundra carbon exchange at the Daring Lake research site in the Canadian Arctic. This award is held for 16 consecutive weeks from the beginning of May through to the end of August. Kristen will be working uder the direction of Trent Professor Peter Lafleur.

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Geography Professor Mark Skinner was recently profiled in the series Zoooming @50+: A Boomer & Zoomer View to a Kawartha Lifestyle. In January, Mark was named the founding director of the new Trent Centre for Aging & Society.


Geographer bridging gap science and stakeholders.

Geography and ERS professor Raul Ponce-Hernandez is preoccupied with the transfer of knowledge. Profiled in Trent's Showcase Magazine, “There is a huge information gap between what scientists know, and what the public and policy-makers know, regarding the impacts of climate change,” says the professor of Environmental and Resource Studies and Geography. As a member of a working group of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Professor Ponce- Hernandez has viewed climate change scenarios, some of which he describes as dire. “Although there is a band of uncertainty to these scenarios, and they may be unpleasant and scary for some, it’s important that people know about these things so we can figure out how to adapt to the changes that will occur.” That’s why Prof. Ponce-Hernandez is excited about the prototype online tool he and his students have developed for mapping climate change impacts on agriculture in Ontario.



Retired Geography Professors headline local news.

Geography Professors Emeritus Fred Helleiner and Alan Brunger were recently featured in the Trent Hills Independent (pgs B5 & B11). Helleiner's new book For the Birds: Recollections and Rambles received a positive review. Brunger (pictured here) was featured in a story about his recent public lecture on Anti-Submarine Boats and the Trent-Severn Waterway for the Trent Hills Probus Club.

Trent Geographer wins Lifetime Award for Conservation.

On the occasion of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society's(CPAWS) 50th anniversary celebration at the National Museum of Nature in Ottawa on October 23rd, Past President and Harkin Committee Chair Sherri Watson presented the organization’s J.B. Harkin award to Geography Professor Emeriti John Marsh for his lifetime service to Canadian wilderness conservation. Congratulations John!

Human geographer attends Arctic Circle meetings.

Geography Professor Heather Nicol was one of 1200 participants at the Arctic Circle meetings in Reykjavik, Iceland, Oct 11-13. She presented a paper on Canada's Arctic to  to the international audience at the invitation of Iceland's President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security.



Urban & Regional Planning students visit Toronto.

Urban and Regional Planning (GEOG 3710) students recently traveled to Toronto to see waterfront and post-industrial urban redevelopment in action. Waterfront Toronto led students through an extensive behind the scenes tour of the new George Brown campus, Sugar Beach, Sherbourne Common, as well as  the Lower Donlands redevelopment that includes Underpass Park (pictured below), Corktown Common, the Pan Am athletes village. Later students participated in a tour of the Evergreen Brickworks. The field trip provides students with an exposure to partnership based urban development projects in large cities and experiential learning experience to compliment in-class learning.


Geography courses start off "in the field".

Field-based learning is integral to the Trent Geography program. GEOG 3100H Geography of Peterborough & the Kawarthas, pictured below, featured a regional field trip in early September to introduce upper-year students to potential research opportunities in the region.

Trent geography students, faculty in Lakefield, Ontario

Honours thesis research presented at conference.

Wes Greenwood (Geography BSc '12) presented his honours thesis research at the 70th Eastern Snow conference in Huntsville. His poster was entitled: "Snow, soil frost and land cover relationship on the Oak Ridges Moraine, souther Ontario: implications for topographisally-focused groundwater recharge. Wes is currently completing his MSc in the Environmental and Life Sciences (ENLS) program.