Dr. Steven E. Franklin: Biography

President & Vice-Chancellor of Trent University 2009-2014

During his career, Dr. Steven E. Franklin has held academic and administrative appointments at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Calgary, Memorial University, and the University of Waterloo.  Just prior to taking office as Trent University's seventh President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Franklin was the Vice President of Research at the University of Saskatchewan (2003-2009), where he provided overall leadership in developing and promoting university research and scholarship. During his term as President of Trent University Dr. Franklin put in place the University’s first Integrated Plan, launching key initiatives to strengthen Trent’s academic excellence, strategic enrollment management, financial stability, and community engagement and much more.


News on Research Activity

» Perspectives on Remote Sensing for Wildlife & Forest Management

» Experts Contribute to $2 M Alberta Grizzly Bear Landscape Change and Health Project

» Satellite mapping helps study of grizzly bear habitat

» Eye in the sky

» Understanding Climate Change and Biodiversity


Strategic Leadership and Other Experience Includes:

Special Assistant to the Provost at the University of Calgary, Associate Dean Research, Head of the Geography Department,

Provided leadership to the Enhancing Undergraduate Learners’ Experience (EULE) initiative, which included curriculum change, inquiry-based learning, and research opportunities for undergraduates,

Led an intensive Dialogue Series at the Learning Commons with sessions that highlighted Academic Advising, Information Literacy, Teaching Large Classes Effectively, The Explicit Syllabus, Increasing Internationalization, and Evaluation of X-Based-Learning,

Participant in international trade missions, including Europe, China and India, supervision and mentoring of more than 100 undergraduate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows


Pursued graduate work at the University of Waterloo where Dr. Franklin completed his Master of Arts degree in Physical Geography and a Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Remote Sensing


Current academic interests focus on interdisciplinary environmental science, and the application of satellite and aerial remote sensing to terrain analysis and environmental management


Award Winning Academic

Publications include more than 120 refereed journal articles, and four books, with the most recent published in 2009 by McGraw-Hill Professional entitled Remote Sensing for Biodiversity and Wildlife Management: Synthesis and Applications.


        Canadian Remote Sensing Society Gold Medal, 2007

        Sustainability Award, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, 2007

        Canadian Forest Service Merit Award, 2006

        Alberta Emerald Foundation Excellence Award, 2005

        Elected Fellow, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, 2004

        Faculty Distinguished Researcher Award, University of Calgary, 2002

        Best Paper Award, 22nd Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, 2000

        Associate Fellow, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, 1997

        Chairman’s Award, Canadian Remote Sensing Society, 1992


Current External Awards

Biodiversity Refugia, Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, $330,000 (2009-2014)

LiDAR and Multispectral Remote Sensing, NSERC Discovery, $170,000 (2008-13)

Environmental Stress and Remote Sensing, NSERC Collaborative Research and Development, $1,440,000 (2006-11)

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