The ESRC is made up of individuals and organizations from around the world. Click on each membership category below to learn more about who’s involved.

ESRC Administration


Ryan Plummer (on sabbatical July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019)


Marilyne Jollineau (July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019)


Marilyne Jollineau 


Amanda Smits



Julia Baird

Julia baird


CRC (Tier II) in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience
Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Ph.D. University of Saskatchewan (Environment and Sustainability)
M.Sc. University of Saskatchewan (Soil Science)
B.Sc. (Distinction) University of Alberta (Crop Science)

About Julia
Julia Baird is an Assistant Professor at Brock University. Julia’s research focuses on the human dimensions of water resources. She is particularly interested in water resilience, improving outcomes of water governance by improving processes, and agricultural impacts on water.

Dr. Jessica Blythe

Jessica Blythe

Twitter: @_JessicaBlythe
Please find my Google Scholar profile here

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Ph.D. University of Victoria (Geography)
M.A. York University (Geography)
B.Sc. (Honours) Memorial University (Marine Biology)

About Jessica
Jessica Blythe is an Assistant Professor at Brock University. Jessica’s research focuses on how communities experience environmental change and what explains their differential capacities for adaptation and transformation. She is particularly interested in building the resilience of local communities to climate change, securing sustainable small-scale fisheries, and equitable collaborative forms of marine resource governance.  Her empirical work has been based in Eastern Africa, Melanesia, Australia, and most recently in southern Ontario.

Marilyn Jollineau

Marilyne Jollineau

Twitter: @MJollineau

Associate Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (beginning July 1, 2019)
Acting Director, ESRC (July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019) 

Graduate Program Director, Master of Sustainability Program

Ph.D in Geography, University of Waterloo

About Marilyne
Dr. Marilyne Jollineau holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Waterloo. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Brock University. Since her arrival at Brock in 2003, Marilyne has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in geomatics; she also participates in the collaborative post-graduate program in Geographic Information Systems – Geospatial Management with Niagara College.

Her research program is largely focused on wetland ecosystems and the use of geospatial technologies, including global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS), to: 1) map and monitor wetland ecosystems and adjacent upland environs in order to better understand their type, structure, and composition, for improved wetland management; 2) measure spatial heterogeneity as a means of quantifying species diversity within wetlands for improved management; and 3) quantify wetland change to better understand the effect of fluctuating climate and water levels on shoreline wetlands, and as a means of assessing management strategies, and their effectiveness, over time.

Ryan Plummer

Ryan Plummer


Away on sabbatical July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019

Director, ESRC, Brock University
Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Adjunct Professor, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo

PhD, University of Guelph (Rural Studies)
MA, University of New Brunswick (Sport and Recreation Administration)
BOR (Hons), Lakehead University (Outdoor Recreation)
BA, Lakehead University (History)

About Ryan
Ryan’s multi-faceted program of research broadly concerns the governance of social-ecological systems. In striving to advance knowledge of collaboration and adaptation within complex systems, he has focused on the exploring their theoretical underpinnings and ethical implications, modeling their processes, examining the roles of social capital, and investigating the influences of social learning. Water resources are the context in which his research mainly occurs and he is a Faculty Investigator in the Water Policy and Governance Group.

Faculty Affiliates

Colleen Beard

Colleen Beard

Twitter: @ColleenBeard

Head Librarian, Map Library (on sabbatical from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)

Subject Responsibilities
Maps, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geospatial Data; Geography


B.Sc., Physical Geography, Brock University

MLS, University of Toronto

Stephen Cheung


Professor and Canada Research Chair, Applied Health Sciences – Kinesiology

Ph.D. (U. Toronto)
M.Sc. (Simon Fraser)
B.Sc. (U. British Columbia)
Diploma (International Space University)

About Stephen
Our Environmental Ergonomics Lab (EEL) focuses on the effects of environmental stress (e.g., hot and cold temperatures, high altitude, cold water) on human physiology and performance. This research spans fundamental investigations into the mechanisms of human physiology, while at the same time being applied towards making work and recreation in extreme settings safer and more productive. As an example, our work has demonstrated the direct role of high core temperatures in reducing the ability of our brain to recruit and activate muscles. At the same time, we use this knowledge to develop better cooling strategies for athletes and workers in hot conditions. Our CFI-funded lab is unique in North America in its capabilities. Our environmental chamber is able to simultaneously control temperature (-30 to +50 degrees Celsius), humidity, and oxygen content (simulating an altitude ~Mexico City). This permits us to manipulate two of the most fundamental environmental stressors that humans have adapted to. In addition, our lab houses a large immersion facility that can control water temperature from 8-45°C.

Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle

Twitter: @cdaigle123

Director, Posthumanism Research Institute

PhD Philosophy (Université de Montréal, 2001)
Doctoral Studies (Universität Salzburg)
MA Philosophy (Université de Montréal)
BA Western Society and Culture (Concordia University)
BA Political Science, History (Concordia University)

About Christine
Christine Daigle is Professor of Philosophy, Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence, and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute. Her research has focused on Existentialism and Phenomenology, specifically the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. Her current research focuses on feminist theory and posthumanist thinking.

Adam Dickinson

Adam Dickinson


PhD English (University of Alberta)
MA in English and Creative Writing (University of New Brunswick)
BA English (University of Ottawa)

About Adam
Adam Dickinson is a poet and a professor of poetry. His creative and academic writing has focused primarily on intersections between poetry and science as a way of exploring new ecocritical perspectives on the Anthropocene and alternative modes of poetic composition. His book, The Polymers, which combines the discourses, theories, and experimental methods of the science of plastic materials with the language and culture of plastic behaviour, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry. His current work uses biomonitoring and microbiome testing on his own body in order to develop an expanded notion of writing and writing practice that explores the metabolic processes of human bodies and their inextricable link to the global metabolism of energy and capital.

Diane Dupont


Professor of Economics
Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies 

About Diane
Professor Diane Dupont is a Professor in the Economics Department at Brock University where she held the Chancellor’s Chair for Research Excellence from 2006-2009. The Canadian Water Network, SSHRC, CIHR, Health Canada, Environment Canada, and the Donner Foundation have funded her work. She works with researchers in other fields, as well as researchers across Canada, in the United States, England, and Australia.

Her current research program concentrates upon examining ways to encourage more efficient and sustainable use of water resources both on the supply and demand side.

Xavier Fazio

Xavier Fazio


Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education

EdD Curriculum and Instruction (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto)
MEd Curriculum (OISE), University of Toronto
BEd Biology and environmental science teacher (Ontario College of Teachers)
BSc (Hons) Biology and Chemistry (University of Toronto)

About Xavier
Dr. Xavier Fazio holds a EdD in Curriculum and Instruction (science education) from the University of Toronto. Currently, he’s an Associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brock University. He has taught undergraduate courses in science teacher education and environmental education for secondary teacher candidates, and graduate courses in learning and cognition, along with science curriculum at Brock.

Christopher Fullerton


Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Geography & Tourism Studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, University of Saskatchewan, 2004
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours Geography, Nipissing University, 1993


Research Interests

  • Rural Community and Economic Development
  • Rural Tourism Development
  • Rural Land Use Planning
  • Sustainable Urban Transportation
  • Public Transit Planning and Policy

Todd Green


Assistant Professor, Marketing, International Business & Strategy

PhD in Marketing, Simon Fraser University
MBA in Strategic Marketing, McMaster University
BSc., Finance, Seton Hall University

About Todd
Dr. Green’s research interests focuses primarily on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and includes both the consumer response to CSR and the role of CSR in marketing communications. He has also completed research examining the consumer response to environmentally friendly marketing.

He is currently engaged in research examining the role of CSR and Ethics in the Arts and Entertainment industries.

Tim Heinmiller


Associate Professor, specializing in Public Policy and Administration, Environmental Politics, and Research Methods

PhD: McMaster University
MA, University of Guelph
BA, University of Guelph

Research Interests
The general focus of my research is environmental policy and natural resource management in developed countries.  Thus far, much of my research has focused on water policy in the Great Lakes and Prairie regions of North America and the Murray-Darling region of Australia.  Some of the publications derived from this research are listed below.

Garrett Hutson

Garrett Hutson


Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Brock University

PhD (Health, Leisure, and Human Performance) Oklahoma State University
MS (Experiential Education) Minnesota State University
BA (Honours in Communication) University of Missouri

About Garrett
He has done considerable work exploring the topics of outdoor recreation management, outdoor leadership, and person–place relationships. His current research projects explore how human dimensions of place can inform sustainable outdoor recreation and improved outcomes for outdoor education program

Doug Karrow


Assistant Professor (PhD), Department of Teacher Education

Research Interests

Environmental and Science Education; Place-based Education; Rural Education; History of Metaphysics and Epistemology; Research Methodologies: empirical and philosophical inquiry

Francine McCarthy

Francine Mccarthy


Professor and Graduate Program Director, Earth Sciences, Brock University
Acting Graduate Program Director, Sustainability Science and Society, Brock University
Core Member, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Associate Member, Biological Sciences, Brock University

About Francine
Francine McCarthy is a micropaleontologist who is interested in paleoenvironmental reconstruction, primarily using acid-resistant organic walled microfossils – pollen and non-pollen palynomorphs. Her research has spanned small lake to abyssal marine environments and everything in between, primarily at mid-latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. Her interdisciplinary research has been conducted in collaboration with several geologists, biologists, geographers, and archeologists from government, university, and the private sector. She has been on the executive of several organizations, including current membership on the board of the International Association for Great Lakes Research.

cheryl mccormick


Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Math and Sciences

About Cheryl
My research interests are in the fields of behavioural neuroscience and developmental neuroendocrinology. I investigate how environmental experiences (e.g., exposure to social stressors, hormones, malnutrition) either prenatally, neonatally, or during adolescence, alter cognitive and emotional behaviour in adulthood in laboratory rats. I also investigate the physiological and neurochemical underpinnings of the effects of early life experiences, as well as how the early experiences alter the animal’s vulnerability to addictive drugs. Related research areas of mine are the investigation sex differences in the effects of early experiences, and how the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal stress response is influenced by the actions of sex hormones in the brain. A third research interest is how hormones (testosterone, cortisol, estradiol) influence neuropsychological function in people.

Tim O'Connell

Professor, Applied Health Sciences – Recreation & Leisure Studies

BSE, SUNY Cortland
MEd, University of Minnesota
PhD, New York University

About Tim
Dr. Tim O’Connell is a Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies who specializes in outdoor recreation, outdoor education and outdoor leadership. Tim has taught a variety of courses including Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Studies, Introduction to Outdoor Recreation, Issues in Outdoor Recreation, Adventure-Based Learning in Recreation, Wilderness Philosophies, and Recreation Behaviours in Natural Environments. He is the co-founder of Brock BaseCamp, an outdoor orientation program for incoming students.

Marcel Oestreich


Assistant Professor of Economics

Ph.D. Economics, University of Guelph
M.A. Economics, York University

About Marcel
My research interests are Environmental Economics, Applied Game Theory, Industrial Organization and Empirical Finance. More specifically, I use microeconomic models to study the impact of environmental regulation on the competitiveness of regulated firms. I am especially interested in situations in which some firms decide not to comply with environmental regulation in order to gain an illegitimate competitive advantage over their honest competitors. My research helps to design mechanisms that allow to ‘level the playing field’ for all regulated firms.

Gary Pickering


CCOVI Researcher
Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology/Wine Science
Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University


  • BSc (Zoology), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology with distinction, Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • PhD (Wine Science), Lincoln University, New Zealand

About Gary
Gary is the recipient of a number of research awards, and is passionate about sustainability. He has been North American editor of the Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment and is a member of the Honorary Editorial Board for the International Journal of Wine Research. His research in sustainability science is focused on understanding the psychological barriers that impede people from engaging in pro-environmental behaviour, particularly climate change mitigation and adaptation. His lab also studies how best to communicate with the public on environmental issues, as well as climate change adaptation in the grape and wine industry.

MIchael Pisaric


Associate Professor, Department of Geography

PhD Queen’s University 2001
MSc McMaster University 1996
BSc Brock University 1994

About Michael
I am interested in the impacts of climate and environmental change on northern ecosystems. The geographic focus of my research is predominantly the boreal forest and treeline in particular.  My research also examines climate and environmental change across a variety of timescales, ranging from the past few decades to the Holocene epoch (past 10,000 years). I employ a number of paleoecological techniques to carry out my research, including lake-sediment analysis (fossil pollen, stomata and charcoal) and dendrochronology (analysis of tree growth records). I have carried out research in a number of regions throughout the world, including Siberia, western Canada and Montana (USA) and have ongoing research projects in Northwest Territories and southeast British Columbia.

Ana Sanchez

Ana sanchez


Professor (Parasitology and Global Health), Department of Health Sciences
Chair Department of Health Sciences (2016-2019)
Adjunct Professor, Baylor College of Medicine (U of Texas, USA)
Core Faculty Member, SSAS Graduate Program
Member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)
Member of the Parasitology Research Group, UNAH. Honduras

Post-Doctoral studies: McMaster University, Hamilton, Canadada (Infectious Disease)
PhD: Karolinska Institute. Stockholm, Sweden (Infection Biology)
MSc: Karolinska Institute. Stockholm, Sweden (Medical Microbiology)
BSc: National Autonomous University of Honduras, UNAH (Microbiology and and Clinical Chemistry)

About Ana
Dr. Sanchez’s work focuses on tropical parasitic diseases and global health. Parasitic and other infectious diseases continue to impose an excessive burden to the health and well-being people globally. This is especially true in low- and middle-income countries where the synergies created by co-existing biological, environmental and socio-economic factors provide the perfect ground for these infectious diseases to thrive.

Glenn Tattersall


Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Member, Centre for Neuroscience, Brock University

PhD, University of Cambridge, Biology
BSc (Hons), University of Guelph, Zoology

Areas of Interest
Our climate is rapidly changing, and within the next century, we anticipate a 1-2°C rise, with localized variation in temperature and local precipitation patterns also predicted to change.  In some parts of the planet (especially the northern hemisphere), much of this rise in temperature will be due to a rise in the minimum temperatures, and less so due to a rise in the maximum temperatures. Thus, it is the coldest times of the year that may be ‘on the rise’ more than the warmest times of the year, and it is these periods of time that have been the focus of much of our research. To address the issue of how climate will impact animals, my laboratory and research program uses its knowledge of comparative biology and thermoregulatory physiology to provide insights into functional limits of animals in their environment. We also discover the unique physiological and behavioural adaptations various species have to cope with varying thermal environments.

Kevin Turner

Twitter: @turner_kw

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

About Kevin
My background is in physical geography and geomatics. After earning a BSc at Trent Univeristy in physical geography and biology, I completed the post-graduate GIS (Application Specialist) program at Sir Sandford Fleming. I worked for five years as a GIS Specialist and Land Survey Manager for a geophysical exploration firm that focused on projects in remote US and Canadian locations. My research interests in northern water resources manifested during my graduate program at Wilfird Laurier University, when my fieldwork was concentrated in Old Crow Flats, Yukon.

Liette Vasseur

Liette Vasseur

Twitter: @LietteVasseur

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University
Member, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Brock University
UNESCO Chair, Community Sustainability: From Local to Global, Brock University

About Liette

Dr. Liette Vasseur is full professor in Biology and Environment Sciences at Brock University. Previously, she was the Vice-President, Research at Brock (2009-10, stepped down to focus on research), Associate Vice-President, Research at Laurentian University (2004-2008) and from 2001-2004, full professor at the University of Moncton where she held the K.C. Irving Research Chair in Sustainable Development.

Her research program is mainly in climate change, sustainable development, community-based ecosystem management (including ecological restoration and biodiversity assessment) and environmental health. Projects have been or are carried out in Canada or other countries such as China (where she is an adjunct professor at the Fujian University of Forestry and Agriculture), Vietnam, Cambodia, Panama, Brazil, and currently in Burkina Faso, in Africa.

Adjunct Professors

Jennifer Baltzer


Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change, Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests

Studies in my lab seek to understand the mechanistic bases of plant species distributions along environmental gradients. By understanding the morphological and physiological mechanisms by which plants respond to environmental change, we can better predict responses of these same species to future conditions. We focus on forest ecosystems including tropical, temperate and boreal forests as well as low arctic tundra.

BronWyn Benkert


Manager, Northern Climate ExChange
Yukon Research Centre
Whitehorse: Ayamdigut Campus

PhD, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Waterloo
BES, Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo

Professional Experience
northern hydrology; permafrost; climate change adaptation; northern resilience; past and future landscape change in response to changes in climate; the way environmental changes impact people who use the land; how science and local knowledge can support resilient planning and decision making

Jennifer Fresque-Baxter
Government of the Northwest Territories

Gillian Dale

Gillian Dale


Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

About Gillian
Gillian is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ESRC. She holds a Ph.D. in Behavioural Neuroscience (Cognitive Psychology) from Brock University, and previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her previous research explored individual difference factors (i.e., personality, affect, motivational intensity, etc.) that explain variations in cognitive performance and behaviour. She has extensive experience with research design, questionnaire development and validation, and advanced data analysis. Currently, she is interested in extending her line of research by applying her expertise in both human behaviour and advanced data analysis to real-world problems (e.g., water resilience; environmental stewardship).

Jack Imhof
Trout Unlimited Canada

Erin Kelly
Government of the Northwest Territories

Sherman Farhad

Please find my Google Scholar profile here
Please find my Research Gate profile here

Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University
Member of the Social and Participatory Action Research Group, Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain)

About Sherman
Sherman in interested in human-environment relationships from complex systems perspective. Her research focuses on environmental governance (specially on water governance) and social-ecological resilience. She is particularly interested in how people connect with the environment, how social systems perceive, interpret and deal with environmental changes and uncertainties, and how diverse stakeholders (resource users, government actors and researchers) can co-create knowledge and co-manage natural resources. Her empirical work has been based in Spain, Iran, and most recently in southern Ontario.

Wendee Kubik

Twitter: @wendeekubik

Associate Professor, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies

About Wendee
Wendee Kubik is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University, as well as an Adjunct Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Regina. Her Ph.D. dissertation, entitled “The Changing Roles of Farm Women and the Consequences for their Health, Well-being and Quality of Life” was a qualitative and quantitative study conducted in 2005. Her research interests focus on farm women, Aboriginal women, women’s health, women and work, gender analysis, changing gender roles, participatory action research, food and water security and sustainability, and global health issues.

Bradley May
Twitter: @BradKMay

Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

Research Interests
Climate change adaptation, hazards and disaster management, teaching environmental management and sustainability, environmental law and, compliance theory
Keywords: governance, social-ecological systems, cross-scale dynanics

Darby McGrath

Darby McGrath


Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

Research Interests
Darby’s work integrates tree production research with ecological restoration principles to address challenges of urban tree establishment and longevity. Current work in her lab is concerned with improving soil structure and function for tree establishment. Developing tools for land managers to plan for and restore soils to grow the urban canopy are key outputs for her program.

Timothy Smith 
University of Sunshine Coast, Australia

Dana Thomsen 
University of Sunshine Coast, Australia

Micaela Trimble

Micaela Trimble


PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management (University of Manitoba)
Member of the National System of Researchers of Uruguay in the Social Sciences
Research and Cooperation Coordinator at the South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS)

Research interests
Social-ecological systems, adaptive co-management, water governance, small-scale fisheries, marine protected areas, participatory research and evaluation, citizen participation in environmental issues, climate change adaptation and resilience.

Alison S. Waller


Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

An interdisciplinary Environmental Engineer/Computational Scientist with expertise in Applied and Environmental Microbiology with areas of interest including bioremediation and the human microbiome

Research Interests
Microbiology of environmental and human-associated microbial communities, bioremediation of contaminated water, water quality int he Great Lakes (focus on emerging contaminants), analysis of large-scale data sets (focus on (meta)genomic sequences, microarray data, and high-throughput chemical genomic and metabolic data), integration and visualization of multiple datasets

Individual and Institutional Affiliates

Kerrie Pickering

Kerrie Pickering

Twitter: @PickeringKerrie

PhD candidate University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia and Brock MA graduate.

About Kerrie

Kerrie is the recipient of the Sustainability Doctoral Scholarship established between ESRC and USC. Her research focuses on the human dimensions of food security in Pacific Island Countries.

Darren Platakis

Darren Platakis

Twitter: @geoniagara

Founder and Executive Director, Geospatial Niagara


BSc. Geography, Brock University (2010)
Post Graduate Certificate, GIS/Geospatial Management, Niagara College (2011)

About Darren

Darren is the Founder and Executive Director of Geospatial Niagara, and holds an Honours BSc. degree in Geography from Brock University and a Post Graduate Certificate in GIS/Geospatial Management from Niagara College. In 2013 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

He envisions a Niagara where every citizen is an engaged citizen through geographic awareness and access to geospatial technologies and information.

Darren suffers from ADHGID (Attention Deficit Hyper Geographic Information Disorder). This affliction was contracted through his incredible high school geography teachers and causes him to be interested in anything and everything that is remotely “geo” in nature. Promoting geo-literacy throughout Niagara is his passion as it is through geography and geospatial technologies that he believes Niagara can be economically prosperous by capitalizing on the strengths of our post-secondary institutions. He will endlessly promote Niagara as a great place to live, work and do business.

Visit the following websites to learn more about Darren and the projects he’s working on:

Jyoti Upadhyaya


Institutional Affiliates

Academic Institutions or community partners may apply to become an Institutional Affiliate (may have formal MOUs or not).