Alumni

Our graduate program alumni are making important contributions to the field of sustainability science, and we are honoured to have been part of their academic journeys.

Alumni Profiles

EDWARD ANYAN

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau
MRP Title: “More Than a Green Roof: An Analysis of Low Impact Development Policies and Practices”
Co-op: Student, Community Recreation and Culture Services, City of St. Catharines
Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

JILLIAN BOOTH

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Julia Baird
MRP Title: “A Holistic Approach to Mapping Priority Sites for Low Impact Development”
Co-op: Research Technician, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Hometown: Mississauga, ON

Lyndsay Bott

Scheme C: MRP
Supervisor: Dr. Julia Baird
MRP Title: Analyzing the Relationships between Peer-Reviewed Literature and Ontario Best Practice Guides to aid the Understanding of Invasive Phragmites Control Methods
Co-op: Research Technician, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Hometown: Kitchener, ON

GAVIN ESDALE

Scheme C: MRP
Supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
MRP Title: “The Forest and its Trees: A Critical Inquiry into the Use of Nature-based Solutions in Canada’s A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy Plan”
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Brooke Kapeller

BROOKE KAPELLER

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Thesis Title: “Exploring Environmental Stewardship in the Niagara Region of Canada: How Do Elements of Environmental Stewardship Relate to Success?”
Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB

Bridget McGlynn

BRIDGET MCGLYNN

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Thesis Title: “An Examination of Collaborative Governance for Complex Adaptive Systems in the St. John River Basin”
Hometown: Toronto, ON

MIKELLENA NETTOS

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Blythe
MRP Title: “Environmental racism: proximity of environmental hazards and benefits to visible minority communities in Ontario, Canada”
Co-op: Summer student, Real Estate, Environment and Sustainability, Canada Post Corporation

Baharak Razaghirad

BAHARAK RAZAGHIRAD

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau
Thesis Title: “Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Using Geospatial Technologies: A Case Study of the Town of Lincoln, Ontario”
Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Nic Bruno

Nic Bruno

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Blythe
Research: Sustainable municipal policy, green transportation, climate adaptation and climate resiliency of built and natural environments
Co-op: Flood aversion research assistant in the Faculty of Social Science, Brock University
Previous degree and institution attended: Political Science (Hons. BA), University of Toronto – Mississauga
Hometown: Oakville, ON

Abbey Faris

Abbey Faris

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Blythe
Research: Impact of the built environment on human health
Co-op: Assistant Logistics Coordinator, NASCAR
Previous degree and institution attended: Public Health (Bachelor), Brock University
Hometown: Orangeville, ON

Pulkit Garg

Pulkit Garg

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: 
Dr. Liette Vasseur
Research:
Examining the opportunities for adaptation to climate change in the agricultural system in Lincoln, Ontario
Co-op: Project Manager, RBC
Previous degree and institution attended: 
Food Technology and Management (B. Tech), NIFTEM
Hometown: 
Allahabad, India

Sam Gauthier

Sam Gauthier

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Research: How climate change affects conservation and biodiversity
Co-op: Student inspector, Canada Food Inspection Agency
Previous degree and institution attended: Biology (BSc.), Nipissing University, Forest Resource Management and Conservation (Cert.), Nipissing University
Hometown: North Bay, ON

Erica Harper

Erica Harper

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Todd Green
Research: Corporate social responsibility and consumer behaviour
Co-op: Communications assistant, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Previous degree and institution attended: Marketing (BBA), St. Francis Xavier University
Hometown: Toronto, ON

Michaela Jennings

Michaela Jennings

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Xavier Fazio
Research: Environmental education and community development
Co-op: Research assistant with the Cool Climate Oenology Viticulture Institute, Brock University
Previous degree and institution attended: International Development Studies (BAH), Trent University
Hometown: Stouffville, ON

Nolan Kelly

Nolan Kelly

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Blythe
Research: The impact of sports on the environment and how sports can make the transition to become environmentally sustainable
Co-op: Sales and marketing account manager, LightenCo
Previous degree and institution attended: Sport Management (Hons. Bach), Brock University
Hometown: Tweed, ON

Bani Maini

Bani Maini

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Blythe and Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: Ocean and Coastal Sustainability (Marine OECMs)
Co-op: Climate Change Coordinator, Town of Pelham
Previous degree and institution attended: Chemistry (BSc.), St. Xavier’s College, Liberal Studies and Leadership (Post Graduate Diploma), Ashoka University
Hometown: Rajasthan, India

Shelby McFadden

Shelby McFadden

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: The role values play in advancing environmental stewardship
Previous degree and institution attended: Bachelor of Arts and Science, Trent University
Hometown: Mount Brydges, ON

Doren Otung

Doren Otung

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Julia Baird
Co-op: Technical Content Developer, Faculty of Social Science at Brock University

April Sorenson

April Sorenson

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau and Dr. Julia Baird
Research: Green building and low impact development
Co-op: Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Intern, City of Reno NV
Previous degree and institution attended: Landscape Architecture  (BSc.), Colorado State University
Hometown: Reno, Nevada

Samantha Witkowski

Samantha Witkowski

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: Understanding multi-stakeholder collaborative processes in order to facilitate environmental stewardship, social learning, and effective communication of collaborative outcomes
Previous degree and institution attended: BA (Honours) Environmental Studies, Laurentian University
Hometown: Timmins, ON

Jessica Zugic

Jessica Zugic

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Pisaric
Research: Reconstructing the Historical and Present Spatial Variations of Pollution in St. Catharines, Ontario
Previous degree and institution attended: Biological Sciences (Concurrent BSc/BEd, Honours), Brock University
Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

Meredith Caspell

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Research: Climate change adaptation and resilience in the Town of Lincoln, ON
Previous degree and institutions attended: Environmental Science (Bio), University of Calgary, AB
Hometown: Pincher Creek, AB

Emma Baker

Jocelyn Baker

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Research: Management in Canadian Ramsar sites, sustainability through adaptive governance
Co-op: Project Manager, Niagara River Ramsar Designation, Niagara Restoration Council
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA, Geography and Fine Art, University of Guelph
Terrain and Water Resources, Sir Standford Fleming College
Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
Hometown: Niagara

Emma Baker

Emma Baker

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Julia Baird
Research: Water resilience, in respect to public perception, framing analysis and water policy
Co-op: Camp Director, Royal Botanical Gardens Discovery Camp
Previous degree and institution attended: BA (Honours) Environmental Governance and Geography, University of Guelph, ON
Hometown: Waterdown, ON

Seyi Obasi

Seyi Obasi

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Julia Baird
Research: Resilience, Environmental Stewardship, Social Network Analysis
Previous degree and institution attended: Biological Sciences (Hons. BSc), University of Lagos
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Quratulain Shahzad

Quratulain Shahzad

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Marcel Oestreich
Research: The dynamics between the current economic system and sustainability goals
Previous degree and institution attended: Environmental Science (BSc.), American University of Sharjah, UAE
Hometown: Dubai, UAE

Connor Thompson

Connor Thompson

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Todd Green
Research: The attitude/behaviour gap in low-impact housing development.
Co-op: Educator, Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
Previous degree and institution attended: Political Science (BA Hons.), Western University, ON
Hometown: Niagara Falls, ON

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: “Defining Vulnerability of the Mussel Fishery in PEI in the Face of Climate Change”
Brock supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Co-op: Research Assistant, Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Charlottetown, PEI
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA Environmental Studies and Science and Technology Studies, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB
Hometown: Clinton, PEI

Salima Medouar

Salima Medouar

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Research: Ecosystem governance and planning at the urban rural fringe: A Case study on the Town of Lincoln
Co-op: Research Associate, Fisherwick Collaborations Inc.
Previous degree and institution attended: Anthropology and Sociology, Concordia University, QC.
Hometown: Montreal, QC

Angela Mallette

Angela Mallette

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: Understanding perceptions of the state of the environment in relation to ecological measures: Intergroup differences and the influences of an interpretive program
Previous degree and institution attended: Biology (BSc.), Bishop’s University, QC; Secondary Education (BEd.), Bishop’s University, QC
Hometown: Newmarket, ON

Zach MacMillan

Zach MacMillan

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Fullerton
Research: Are official plans becoming more “sustainable”? Analyzing the evolution of planning policies in St. Catharines and Niagara Falls
Previous degree and institution attended: Environmental History and Human Geography (BA Hons.), McMaster University, ON
Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

Yuka Kataoka

Yuka Kataoka

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Julia Baird
Research: Detecting Water Resilience in the Niagara River Remedial Action Plan: How and To What Extent is Resilience Thinking Evident Over Time?
Previous degree and institution attended: Organic chemistry major, Osaka Kyoiku University, Japan
Hometown: Osaka, Japan

Emilie Jobin Poirier

Emilie Jobin-Poirier

Scheme B: Thesis
Research: Understanding Canadian winegrowers’ perceptions of climate change and their implications for adaptation behaviours
Supervisors: Dr. Gary Pickering and Dr. Ryan Plummer
Previous degree and institution attended: Certificate in Grape and Wine Technology, Brock University, ON; Nutrition (BSc.), Laval University, QC
Hometown: Québec City, QC

Sylvia Hussein

Sylvia Hussein

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Dupont & Dr. Francine McCarthy
Research: Factors Impacting the Success of Remedial Action Plans in Lake Erie: Application to Remediating Water Quality in Ghana
Previous degree and institution attended: Economics and Information studies, University of Ghana
Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Benjamin House

Ben House

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Fullerton
Research: The Influence of Watershed Management on Rural Tourism and Recreation Planning: A Case Study of the Grand River Watershed
Previous degree and institution attended: Environment and Resource Studies (B.Env.Sc. Hons.), University of Waterloo, ON
Hometown: Waterloo, ON

Alison Feist

Alison Feist

Scheme B: Thesis
Research: “Dissecting Collaboration in Environmental Management and Governance: Examining Qualities, Outcomes, and Relationships”
Brock supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Geography, University of Guelph
Hometown: Stoney Creek, ON

Lyn Brown

Lyn Brown

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Research: “An Analysis of Invasive Species Management in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada: Establishment of a Database to Improve Knowledge Sharing”
Previous degree and institution attended: Animal Behaviour (BSc.), Western University, ON
Hometown: Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON

Leaya Amey

Leaya Amey

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: Website Communications for Campus Sustainability: An Analysis of Canadian Universities’ Sustainability Websites and Sustainability Plans
Previous degree and institution attended: Communication Studies (BA Hons.), Wilfrid Laurier University, ON
Hometown: Kingston, ON

Tasnuva Afreen

Tasnuva Afreen

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Branding and Promoting Public Transit to Increase Ridership
Brock supervisor: Dr. Christopher Fullerton
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Child Health, Brock University
Hometown: Fort Erie, ON

Tyler Prince

Tyler Prince

Scheme B: Thesis
Research: Postglacial Reconstruction of Fire History From a Small Lake in Southwest Yukon Using Sedimentary Charcoal and Pollen
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Pisaric
Previous degree and institutions attended: BSc (Honours) Physical Geography, Brock University
Hometown: Burlington, ON

Gala Muñoz-Carrier

Gala Muñoz-Carrier

Scheme A: MRP & Co-op
Research: Efficacy, Trust and Emotional Impact of Climate Change Messaging
Supervisor: Dr. Gary Pickering
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA, English & Environmental Studies, University of Northern British Columbia
Hometown: Prince George, BC

Ashton Govan

Ashton Govan

Scheme A: MRP & Co-op
Research: Methods of increasing ridership on public transport while reducing carbon dioxide emissions
Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Fullerton
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Sociology, Brock University
Hometown: Aurora, ON

Caitlin Garner

Caitlin Garner

Scheme B: Thesis
Research: The Impacts of Recent Wildfires on Stream Water Quality and Macro-invertebrate Assemblages in Southern Northwest Territories, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Pisaric
Previous degree and institutions attended: BSc (Honours) Earth Sciences, Brock University
Hometown: Fonthill, ON

Nicholas Fischer

Nicholas Fischer

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Assessing the Impacts of the Ontario Greenbelt Plan on the Agricultural Community and Support Network within the Niagara Region
Brock supervisor: Dr. Tim Heinmiller
Co-op: Assistant Policy Analyst, Ministry of Transportation
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA (Honours) International Development Studies and Political Studies, Trent University
Hometown: Walkerton, ON

Lydia Collas

Scheme B: Thesis
Research: Decision Making in Agriculture: Why do Farmers Decide to Adopt a New Practice?
Brock supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Previous degree and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
Hometown: Guernsey, UK

Meghan Birbeck

Meghan Birbeck

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: An exploration of factors that influence flood hazard risk perceptions of urban residents: a case study of Toronto and Calgary
Brock supervisor: Dr. Danuta de Grosbois
Co-op: Jr. Communications Officer, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Previous degree(s) and Institutions: BA (Honours) Environmental Studies, Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB)

Rebecca White

Rebecca White

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Environmental Reporting in Accommodation: An Analysis of 10 Reports of Large Hotel Groups
Brock supervisor: Dr. Danuta de Grosbois
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA, Tourism and Environment, Brock University

Kelsey Scarfone

Kelsey Scarfone

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Corporate Water Stewardship in Water Scarce Weak Governance Zones: A Conceptual Framework and Case Study
Brock supervisor: Dr. Danuta de Grosbois
Co-op: Program Coordinator, Water First
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA, Environmental Studies, Laurentian University

Katie Perrin

Katie Perrin

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Finding the Moral Light: A Comparative Analysis of Structural Factors Shaping GHG Emissions Across Six Nations
Supervisor: Dr. Diane Dupont
Co-op: Regulations Policy Coordinator, North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority
Previous degrees(s) and institution attended: BA, Environmental Studies and Economics, Laurentian University

Amanda Palumbo

Amanda Palumbo

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Food Sustainability and Security in a Luxury Touristic Eco-Resort in Nicaragua
Brock supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Co-op: Sustainability Intern, Aqua Wellness Resort, Emerald Coast, Nicaragua
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA (Honours) in French and Spanish, Queen’s University; BEd in Geography and Languages, Queen’s University

Natalie Gillis

Natalie Gillis

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Talking the talk: How Social Media can be used to Foster Stakeholder Engagement
Brock supervisor: Dr. Danuta de Grosbois
Co-op: Jr. Communications Officer, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Previous degree(s) and Institutions: BA (Honours) Environmental Studies, Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB)

Kelly Gibson

Kelly Gibson

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Mitigating Phosphorus Runoff from Agriculture: A Stakeholder Perspective
Brock supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Co-op: Employment Inventory Data Specialist, Niagara Region, Planning and Development
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Political Science, Brock University

Brittany Friesman

Brittany Friesman

Scheme A: Co-op and MRP
Research: Food Security from a Policy Perspective in Canada, Ontario and Niagara Region: A Case for Food Sovereignty and Food Sustainability
Supervisor: Dr. Wendee Kubik
Co-op: Assistant Policy Analyst, Ministry of Transportation’s Environmental Policy Office
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA (Honours), Sociology with a concentration in Critical Animal Studies, Brock University

Samantha Stea

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Optimal Message Framing to Elicit Intent to Reduce Red Meat Consumption in Canada
Brock supervisor: Dr. Gary Pickering
Co-op: Government of the Northwest Territories
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA, Tourism and Environment, Brock University

Samantha Morris

Samantha Morris

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Ice Ice Maybe? Visual Representations of Climate Change in Canada
Brock supervisor: Dr. Gary Pickering
Co-op: Communications Assistant, Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Tourism and Environment, Brock University

Katrina Krevins

Katrina Krievins

Scheme B: Thesis
Research: Pushing the Boundaries of Freshwater Ecosystem Restoration: Evaluating a Conservation Initiative in Terms of Social-Ecological Resilience
Brock supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: Ecosystem Restoration Graduate Certificate, Niagara College; BA (Honours) Tourism and Environment, Brock University

Christine Janzen

Christine Janzen

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Sustainability education in Ontario high schools: perspectives from science and geography teachers
Brock supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Co-op: Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BSc (Honours) Biological Sciences, Western University/Brock University; BEd, Western University

Sarah Holmes

Sarah Holmes

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: The Use of Participatory GIS in Enhancing Community Engagement in the Planning of Wind Energy Developments
Brock supervisor: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau
Co-op: Sustainability Position, Niagara Region
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Geography, Brock University; Post-Graduate Diploma in GIS-GM (Geographic Information Systems – Geospatial Management), Niagara College

Brodie Hague

Brodie Hague

Scheme B: Thesis
Research: The use of remote sensing to map and monitor coastal dune vegetation change at Southampton, Ontario
Brock supervisor: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA (Honours) Geography, Brock University;  BEd, Brock University

Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Research: Understanding the Impacts of Small Corporate Community Investment in the Retail Industry
Brock supervisor: Dr. Danuta de Grosbois
Co-op: Public Affairs Coordinator, ArcelorMittal DoFasco
Previous degree(s) and institutions attended: BA, Tourism and Environment, Brock University

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