Associate Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Acting Director, ESRC (July 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019)
Graduate Program Director, Master of Sustainability Program
Ph.D. University of Waterloo (Geography)
M.E.S. University of Waterloo (Geography)
B.A. Carleton University (Geography, Concentration in Geospatial Technologies)
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.
• Sustainable community development and community engagement
• Inventorying and assessing the urban tree canopy
• Wetland ecosystems and management of water resources
• Examining the unique relationship between LULC change and climate change
• Mapping and monitoring land-use/land-cover (LULC) changes over time
• Agricultural beneficial management practices
• Use of remote-sensing technologies (i.e., satellites and small remotely piloted aircraft systems or “drones”) to measure ecological outcomes from environmental stewardship
Marilyne teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in environmental sustainability and geography. Some of these courses include:
SSAS 5P03: Problem Solving in the Environment
SSAS 5P04: Transdisciplinary Seminar in Sustainability Science
GEOG 3P07: Remote Sensing
How does geography relate to sustainability/ESRC?
Geography fits into ESRC given that geographers are concerned with human-environment interactions and environmental sustainability. Geographers are also interested in studying major environmental sustainability challenges, such as water quality and climate change, and how they vary across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Further, geographers make use of geospatial technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and remote sensing (from satellites to drones), to improve our understanding of these challenges. This unique geographical perspective is essential to addressing contemporary environmental sustainability challenges.