People

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

DIRECTOR

Ryan Plummer (on sabbatical July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019)
Email: rplummer@brocku.ca

ACTING DIRECTOR

Marilyne Jollineau (July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019)
Email: mjollineau@brocku.ca

GRADUATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Marilyne Jollineau 
Email: SSAS@brocku.ca

CENTRE ADMINISTRATOR

Amanda Smits
Email: asmits@brocku.ca

COORDINATOR

Erin Daly
Email: edaly@brocku.ca

 

Faculty

Julia Baird

Julia baird

E-mail: jbaird@brocku.ca
Twitter@juliambaird

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

Education
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

E-mail: jblythe2@brocku.ca
Twitter: @_JessicaBlythe
Please find my Google Scholar profile here

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Education
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.

Marilyne Jollineau

Marilyne Jollineau

Email: mjollineau@brocku.ca
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

Education:
Ph.D. University of Waterloo (Geography)
M.E.S. University of Waterloo (Geography)
B.A. Carleton University (Geography, Concentration in Geospatial Technologies)

About Marilyne:
Marilyne holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Waterloo. She is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) where she currently serves as the Acting Director of the ESRC, the Graduate Program Director for the Master of Sustainability Program, and the Director of the Brock-Lincoln Living Lab. In the context of environmental sustainability, her research program is largely focused on the application and use of geospatial technologies to study wetland, grassland, agricultural and forested ecosystems and their change over time. She is committed to making her research relevant to the wider community by engaging with local communities through innovative community engagement partnerships, collaborations and other initiatives, such as the Brock-Lincoln Living Lab, the Resilience Collaborative and the Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Initiative.

Ryan Plummer

Ryan Plummer

Email: rplummer@brocku.ca

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

Education
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

Christine Daigle

Christine Daigle

E-mail: cdaigle@brocku.ca
Twitter: @cdaigle123

Director, Posthumanism Research Institute

Education
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

Email: adickinson@brocku.ca

Education
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

Email: diane.dupont@brocku.ca

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

Email: xfazio@brocku.ca
Twitter@XFazio_BrockU

Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education

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.

Todd Green

E-mail: tgreen@brocku.ca

Assistant Professor, Marketing, International Business & Strategy

Education
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

Email: theinmiller@brocku.ca
Twitter@Policy_Prof

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

Education
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

E-mail: ghutson@brocku.ca

Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Brock University

Education:
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

Francine McCarthy

Francine Mccarthy

Email: fmccarthy@brocku.ca 

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.

Tim O'Connell

Tim O’Connell

Email: tim.oconnell@brocku.ca

Professor – Applied Health Sciences, Recreation & Leisure Studies

Education:
PhD (Recreation Resource Management) New York University
MEd (Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education) University of Minnesota
BSEd (Recreation Education) SUNY Cortland

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’s research examines the topics of sense of community in groups of people engaged in outdoor activities, sense of place, mental health impacts of participation in outdoor pursuits and reflective practice (with a focus on reflective journaling). He is the co-founder of Brock Basecamp, an outdoor orientation program for incoming students.

Marcel Oestreich

Email: moestreich@brocku.ca

Assistant Professor of Economics

Education
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

Email: gpickering@brocku.ca

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

Education

  • 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

Email: mpisaric@brocku.ca
Twitter@mpisaric

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Education
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.

Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner

Email: kturner2@brocku.ca
Twitter: @turner_kw

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

About Kevin
Kevin Turner is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Geography and Tourism Studies and Earth Science at Brock University. His research is focused on tracking climate induced landscape changes in northern Canada, including thermokarst lake drainage, shoreline thaw slumps, shrub proliferation, and fire, and the associated hydroecological impacts on lakes and rivers. This requires integration of multiple approaches including water isotope tracers, paleolimnology, dendrochronology, and remote sensing, including the use of remotely piloted aerial systems, to characterize hydrological and landscape change over multiple spatial and temporal scales. His findings are informing land management and community adaptation strategies as climate continues to change.

Liette Vasseur

Liette Vasseur

Email: lvasseur@brocku.ca
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

Email: jbaltzer@wlu.ca 

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

Email: bbenkert@yukoncollege.yk.ca

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

Education
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

Claudia Baldwin

Claudia Baldwin

Email: cbaldwin@usc.edu.au

Associate Professor, Regional and Urban Planning/Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
PhD in Environmental Planning (University of Queensland, Australia)
MA, Regional Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada
Fellow, Planning Institute of Australia

About Claudia

Claudia uses participatory and visual methods to research institutional and social-environmental change on topics as diverse as water allocation, coastal planning, rural and regional land use, climate change adaptation and community resilience as well as affordable housing and ability and age-friendly communities.  Her book, Integrated Water Planning: Achieving Sustainable Outcomes (2014) is based around the need for appropriate evidenced-based water planning in developed and developing countries. Recent work (2019) investigated engagement to improve social acceptance of commercial fishing (2019). She evaluated progress towards water reforms in Australia for the National Water Commission.

Gillian Dale

Gillian Dale

Email: gdale@brocku.ca

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

Email: sfarhad@brocku.ca
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

Email: wkubik@brocku.ca
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

E-mailbmay@brocku.ca
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

E-mail: darby.mcgrath@vinelandresearch.com
Twitter:@McGrathGreen

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

Email: mica.trimble@saras-institute.org

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

E-mail: alison.sara.waller@gmail.com

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

Email: kerriepickering@me.com
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

Email: darren@geospatialniagara.com
Twitter: @geoniagara

Founder and Executive Director, Geospatial Niagara

Education

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

Email: jyotiup@gmail.com

Institutional Affiliates

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