Join the TSE for our 2019-2020 Seminar Series!
The Trent School of the Environment Seminar Series is a casual way to meet colleagues, professors, and guest speakers, and to learn about ongoing research and issues related to the environment.
All sessions are hosted from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in Geography Lab ESC C205 (across from the TSE main office).
Wednesday October 2
Ryan Sorichetti | The Multi-Watershed Nutrient Study: Assessing the Scope for Change in Agricultural Nutrient Loading
Senior Surface Water Scientist and Lead of the Multi-Watershed Nutrient Study at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Ryan’s team explores relationships among land use, land management and nutrient export in agricultural streams in southern Ontario and how these relationships may have changed over the past 50 years.
Wednesday November 6
Eric Grunsky | Multivariate Analytics applied to Geochemical Survey Data for Process Discovery and Prediction and its uses in Geologic Mapping and Mineral Exploration
Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada; Secretary General for the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences; Editor-in-Chief for the Elsevier Open Access journal, Applied Computing & Geosciences and on the Advisory Board of the Metal Earth Project. Editor-in-Chief for the IAMG journal, Computers & Geosciences, from 2006-2011.
He holds B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa. He is also a member of the Association of Applied Geochemists [AAG], the Geochemical Society and a registered Professional Geoscientists (P.Geo.) in the province of British Columbia, Canada. His career has included field mapping and research at the Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, the Division of Exploration and Mining, CSIRO, Australia, the Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario provincial geological surveys. Eric is known for his research in the application of multivariate statistical methods and spatial statistics applied to geochemical data and their use in mineral exploration, predictive geological mapping and predictive resource assessment. In 2005, he received the IAMG Felix Chayes Medal for Excellence in Research in Statistical Petrology. In 2012 he was awarded the IAMG Krumbein Medal and was the IAMG Distinguished Lecturer in 2014.
Wednesday December 4
Anna Harrison | Probing the Links Between Water Availability and Mineral Reactivity
Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering/ School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. Queen’s National Scholar in Environmental Geochemistry
Anna is an aqueous environmental geochemist and is currently cross-appointed between Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering and the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. Anna is the Queen’s National Scholar in Environmental Geochemistry. She received her BSc from the University of Alberta and PhD from the University of British Columbia. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, USA, Geoscience Environment Toulouse (a part of the CNRS in Toulouse, France), and a Marie Slodowksa-Curie Independent Research Fellow at University College London, UK. Her research focuses on mechanisms of fluid-mineral-gas interactions and the implications for environmental issues such as carbon capture and storage.
Wednesday January 15
Finis Dunaway | Grassroots versus Goliath: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and the Struggle to Protect the Arctic Refuge
Professor, Department of History, Trent University
Finis Dunaway is a professor of history at Trent University. His teaching includes two courses crosslisted with Environmental and Resource Studies: The Environmental Crisis: From the Atomic Bomb to Global Warming; and a new course called Green Screen: Film and Environmental History. He is the author of Natural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform and of Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images, which were both published by the University of Chicago Press. Seeing Green received the John G. Cawelti Award from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the History Division Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Finis is currently finishing a book about the history of environmental and Indigenous struggles to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Wednesday February 5
Gordon McBean | Addressing Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Communities
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Western University and Director of Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Professor Emeritus since 2015, Gordon McBean PhD, is in the Department of Geography, Western University and Director for Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. He came to Western in 2000 as a Professor of Geography and Political Science and was CoDirector of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (2012-15). From 1994 to 2000, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada, responsible for weather, climate and air quality sciences and services, including advising Ministers for Kyoto Protocol and related issues. Previously, he was Professor, Atmospheric Oceanic Sciences, University of British Columbia (1988-94); and Senior Scientist in Environment Canada. He is a graduate of U. British Columbia (BSc, Physics; PhD, Physics and Oceanography) and McGill U (MSc, Atmospheric Science). He has been very involved with international science and was President, International Council for Science (201418), Co-Chair, Future Earth Program Governing Council (2016-18) and Chair, Science Committees for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (2006-11) and the World Climate Research Programme (1988-94) and President, Global Change START, Environmental Research Capacity Enhancement in Africa and Asia (2009-15). His research now focuses on the science and policy issues of climate change and disaster risk reduction. He is a: Member, Orders of Canada and Ontario; Fellow: Royal Society of Canada, American Meteorological Society and others and was awarded: 2017 International Meteorological Organization Prize; 2015 University of British Columbia Alumni Award of Distinction; 2015 American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award; 2015 American Meteorological Society Cleveland Abbe Prize; and the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, shared for his contributions to the IPCC.
Wednesday March 11
Stephanie Rutherford | Conflict and Coexistence with Eastern Coyotes
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Trent School of the Environment
Stephanie Rutherford is an Associate Professor in the Trent School of the Environment. Her work is interdisciplinary, focusing on the intersections among the environmental humanities, animal studies, and cultural geography. She is the author or coeditor of three books that consider these themes, the most recent of which is Historical Animal Geographies (2018). She is currently writing a new book on the history of wolves in Canada for McGill-Queen’s University Press
Wednesday April 1 (Cancelled)
Galen Halverson | The Sedimentary Record of Early Eukaryotic Evolution
Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and T.H. Clark Chair of Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology, James McGill Professor, McGill University
Galen Halverson is the T.H. Clark Chair of Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology and a James McGill Professor at McGill University, where he has been based since 2010. He is a sedimentary geologist and isotope geochemist who began his research career studying the Neoproterozoic Snowball Earth and whose research is largely focused on the evolution of the Proterozoic Earth system and sedimentary basins. Galen and his research group conduct fieldwork in the Arctic, Australia, southern Africa, and elsewhere aimed at better understanding the details of Proterozoic supercontinental assembly and break-up, incremental oxygenation of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans, the links between paleoenvironments and eukaryotic evolution, and the drivers and consequences of major climatic and biogeochemical perturbations. Stemming from his role in the Cryogenian Subcommission, Prof. Halverson is increasingly using his experience working on diverse sedimentary successions, combined with no chronological approaches, to define and calibrate the Proterozoic Geological Time Scale.
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