Office: SH 300
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 Graduate Program Director for two ESRC graduate programs (i.e., the Master of Sustainability Program and the PhD in Sustainability Science). She is also 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 urban forests, wetlands, and grassland 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.
• Inventorying, mapping, and assessing the urban tree canopy
• Wetland Ecosystem Management
• Examining the unique relationship between LULC change and climate change
• Mapping and monitoring land-use/land-cover (LULC) changes over time
Marilyne teaches graduate courses in environmental sustainability. Some of these courses include:
SSAS 5P03: Problem Solving in the Environment
SSAS 5P04: Transdisciplinary Seminar in Sustainability Science
SSAS 5P13: Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Management
How does geography relate to sustainability/ESRC?
My academic background and training is in geography and environmental studies. I am interested in studying major environmental sustainability challenges, such as biodiversity loss, degradation and loss of the urban tree canopy, water quality and climate change, and how these challenges vary across a range of spatial and temporal scales. Further, I make use of geospatial technologies, such as remote sensing (from satellites to remotely piloted aircraft systems), , to improve our understanding of these challenges. This unique geographical perspective is essential to addressing many contemporary environmental sustainability challenges.