Our Community

The Master of Sustainability program at Brock University is supported by our dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Faculty & Staff

Our Faculty and Staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds from Brock University and beyond. Summaries of their research interests with keywords are provided below, along with links to further information.

Graduate Program Director

Marilyne Jollineau
Graduate Program Director
Email: mjollineau@brocku.ca

Centre Administrator

Amanda Smits
Centre Administrator
Email: asmits@brocku.ca

ESRC Coordinator

Erin Daly
ESRC Coordinator
Email: ssas@brocku.ca

Julia Baird

CRC (Tier II) in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience
Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Research Interests: water resources governance; resilience; social-ecological systems; social networks; agriculture

Meet the ESRC Faculty: Dr. Julia Baird

Jessica Blythe

Assistant Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Research Interests: resilience; adaptation; transformation; coastal communities; social-ecological systems

Meet the ESRC Faculty: Dr. Jessica Blythe

Christine Daigle

Professor, Philosophy
Research Interests: anthropocene; posthumanist ontology; posthumanist ethics
Keywords: existential phenomenology; feminist theory; posthumanism

Diane Dupont

Professor, Economics
Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Research Interests: water; non-market valuation; behaviour; fisheries
Keywords: regulatory impacts on decisions; ecosystem services; GIS; surveying

Xavier Fazio

Professor, Department of Teacher Education
Research Interests: environmental learning; sustainability education; complex system theory; communities; public understanding of science
Keywords: science education; environmental education; teacher cognition and practices; complex systems theory

Presentation: Teaching and Learning for Environmental Sustainability

David Fennell

Professor, Department of Geography and Tourism
Research Interests: Ecotourism, nature-based tourism, tourism ethics, ecotourism policy and planning

Todd Green

Assistant Professor, Marketing, International Business & Strategy
Research Interests: consumer response to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); the role of CSR in marketing communications; consumer response to environmentally friendly marketing; the role of CSR and Ethics in the Arts and Entertainment industries; the influence of retailer size on the consumer response to both socially responsible and irresponsible behaviour; the research-practice gap in CSR-related advertising.
Keywords: corporate social responsibility (CSR); advertising; consumer behaviour

Meet the ESRC Faculty Affiliates: Dr. Todd Green

Timothy Heinmiller

Associate Professor, Political Science
Research Interests: water policy in developed countries; politics of water in irrigation economies; politics of water allocation in irrigation areas
Keywords: politics; water; irrigation; Alberta; Great Lakes

Marilyne Jollineau

Associate Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Research Interests: use of geospatial technologies to map, monitor and evaluate inland/shoreline wetland ecosystems in Ontario; use of geospatial technologies to assess vineyard condition in the Niagara Region for improved management
Keywords: wetland ecosystems; water resources; sustainable agriculture/viticulture; vineyard management; geospatial technologies

Meet the ESRC Faculty Affiliates: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau

Francine McCarthy

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

Meet the ESRC Faculty Affiliates: Dr. Francine McCarthy

Marcel Oestreich

Assistant Professor, Economics
Research Interests: environmental economics; applied game theory; industrial organization and empirical finance; the use of microeconomic models to study the impact of environmental regulation on the competitiveness of regulated firms

Gary Pickering

Research Interests: psychological barriers that prevent individuals from being proactive on sustainability and climate change issues and strategies for addressing those barriers (including optimizing communication); climate change adaptation in the grape and wine industry
Keywords: climate change mitigation; climate change adaptation; psychological barriers; wine

Meet the ESRC Faculty Affiliates: Dr. Gary Pickering

Michael Pisaric

Professor, Geography and Tourism Studies
Research Interests: impacts of climate and environmental change on northern ecosystems; climate and environmental change across a variety of timescales
Keywords: climate change; biogeography; physical geography; Arctic

Ryan Plummer

Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Research Interests: novel governance strategies and social-ecological systems; adaptive co-management; adaptation and adaptive capacity; community-based natural resource management; integrated resource management; social capital and social learning; resilience and vulnerability

Meet the ESRC Faculty: Dr. Ryan Plummer

Kevin Turner

Associate Professor, Geography and Tourism Studies
Research Interests: hydrology; hydroecology; GIS; spatial analysis and remote sensing; water isotope tracers; biogeochemical cycling; paleolimnological reconstruction of past lake conditions; linkages among lakes, rivers, land cover, and climate

Meet the ESRC Faculty Affiliates: Dr. Kevin Turner

Liette Vasseur

Professor, Biological Sciences
Research Interests: sustainable agriculture; community-based natural resource management, with special emphasis on empowering women; integrating issues of biodiversity conservation; how ecosystem-based adaptation and other such approaches can help enhance resilience and sustainability of rural communities.
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; ecosystem; biodiversity; adaptation; gender issues

Meet the ESRC Faculty Affiliates: Dr. Liette Vasseur

Adam Dickinson

Associate Professor, English Language & Literature
Research Interests: poetics; biomonitoring; microbiome; ecocriticism; anthropocene
Keywords: blood; chemicals; metabolism; microbes; writing

Garrett Hutson

Associate Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Research Interests: place meanings; sense of place; outdoor recreation management; outdoor education; recreation stewardship strategies
Keywords: sustainable outdoor education; sense-of-place education; place meanings

Meet the ESRC Faculty Affiliates: Dr. Garrett Hutson

Tim O’Connell

Professor, Applied Health Sciences – Recreation and Leisure Studies
Research Interests: psychological sense of community of people engaged in outdoor pursuits; sense of place; impacts of participating in outdoor activities on mental health; outdoor orientation programs; reflective practice; outdoor leadership; outdoor education; experiential education
Keywords: outdoor education; experiential education; sense of place; outdoor pursuits; outdoor orientation programs; reflective practice

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

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).

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.

Jen Holzer

Jen Holzer holds a PhD from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Environmental Studies, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University, and a BA from Swarthmore College. Her doctoral work evaluated the research-implementation gap in social-ecological research in Europe using case studies in Spain, Scotland, and Romania, and provided recommendations that fed directly into enhancing European research infrastructures. Previously, she was a project manager for climate change mitigation and energy efficiency programs in California and across the US. She is particularly interested in how social processes can affect complex, place-based decision-making, especially in the context of conservation and nature-based solutions.

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

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.

Tim Smith

Email: tsmith5@usc.edu.au 

Australian Research Council Fellow and Professor of Sustainability, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
PhD (Geography), University of New South Wales, Australia
Grad Cert (Higher Ed), Griffith University, Australia
BAppSc Hons (Coastal Management), Southern Cross University, Australia
BAppSc (Conservation Technology), Southern Cross University, Australia
Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow, Institute of Australian Geographers

About Tim

Dr. Tim Smith is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Professor of Sustainability based at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Australia. He is a human geographer focused on social-ecological change and adaptation. Prior to being awarded the ARC Fellowship, Dr. Smith held several senior leadership positions, including: (i) Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, Business and Law; (ii) Research Coordinator, Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering; and (iii) Inaugural Director, Sustainability Research Centre. Before joining USC, Prof Smith was a senior research scientist with the CSIRO. He has also led the social sciences and education portfolios of two national research centres (Coastal and Catchment Hydrology CRCs). Prof Smith has also worked at Griffith University and the University of New South Wales, for local and state government, and in the private sector.

Dana Thomsen

University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

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.

Heather Whipple
James A. Gibson Library

Heather is the liaison librarian for the SSAS program, and can help researchers find and use secondary data while promoting best practices in research data management. She also offers support for GIS and geospatial data use.
Research interests: Feminist science fiction, cultural geographies of outer space, Ursula K Le Guin

E-mail: hwhipple@brocku.ca
Twitter: @hhwlib

Cara Boese 
Director, Co-op, Career & Experiential Education Programs, cboese@brocku.ca

Melissa Beamer
Senior Employer Development Manager, mbeamer2@brocku.ca

Current Students

Our SSAS students join our program with undergraduate degrees from a variety of disciplines, these differences drive passionate debates and learning within the classroom and the field.

Kamran Abbasov

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. David Fennell
Research: Sustainability and resilience of the tourism industry
Previous degree and institution attended: International Studies (BA), ADA University
Hometown: Ganja, Azerbaijan

Edward Anyan

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau
Research: Application of GIS in Spatio-Temporal Analysis
Previous degree and institution attended: Geography and Resource Development (Hons. BA), University of Ghana; GIS Geospatial Management (GISPgCERT), Niagara College
Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

Jillian Booth

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Julia Baird
Research: Impact of urban development on watersheds
Previous degree and institution attended: Environmental Geoscience (BSc.), Brock University
Hometown: Mississauga, ON

Allison Clark

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: 
Dr. Michael Pisaric
Research:
Using paleo ecological methods to reconstruct long-term changes in plant biodiversity in the Canadian Arctic
Previous degree and institution attended: 
Biology (BSc.), Mount Allison University
Hometown: 
Mahone Bay, NS

Alexa Dolsky

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: The intersection of socioeconomics and climate change, sustainability on a community level
Previous degree and institution attended: Political Science (BA), University of British Columbia Vancouver; Public Relations Certificate, MacEwan University
Hometown: Edmonton, AB

Gavin Esdale

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Liette Vasseur
Research: Climate change adaptation, politics, and food production
Previous degree and institution attended: General Science (BSc), Thompson Rivers University
Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Mikellena Nettos

Scheme A: MRP and Co-op
Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Blythe
Research: Links between the environment and human health
Previous degree and institution attended: Medical Science with a Minor in Environmental Sustainability and Dramatic Arts (Hons. BSc), Brock University

Shannon Ruzgys

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Gary Pickering
Research: Psychological barriers towards climate change
Previous degree and institution attended: Psychology (Hons. BA), Brock University
Hometown: Niagara, ON

Savannah Stuart

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Tim O’Connell
Research: Outdoor education, environmental and human health, environmental psychology
Previous degree and institution attended: Environmental Science majoring in Ecology (BSc.), University of Guelph
Hometown: St. Catharines, ON

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: Climate change and its effect on communities
Previous degree and institution attended: Chemistry (BSc.), St. Xavier’s College, Liberal Studies and Leadership (Post Graduate Diploma), Ashoka University
Hometown: Rajasthan, India

Bridget McGlynn

Bridget McGlynn

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: Water policy and resource management
Previous degree and institution attended: Integrated Science (Hons. BSc.), McMaster University
Hometown: Toronto, 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

Baharak Razaghirad

Baharak Razaghirad

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Marilyne Jollineau
Previous Degrees and institutions attended: Natural Resources, Environmental Engineering (MSc, BSc), Azad University
Hometown: Tehran, Iran

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

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

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

Brooke Kapeller

Brooke Kapeller

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Plummer
Research: Environmental stewardship, ecosystem restoration, parks/protected areas, geospatial technology
Previous degree and institution attended: Geography (BSc.), University of Lethbridge, AB
Hometown: Medicine Hat, AB

Dana Harris

Dana Harris

Scheme B: Thesis
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Pisaric
Research: Using dendrochronology to explore the factors that affect the growth and cellular development of Pinus banksiana in Yellowknife, NWT, to assess how this species will respond to climatic variables now and in the future
Previous degree and institutions attended: BSc (Honours) Biology, Brock University
Hometown: Yellowknife, NWT

Alumni

Our alumni have used their knowledge and experiences from the program to find success in the Sustainability field and in other related areas

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Lydia Collas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Samantha Stea

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

Testimonials

Read what our alumni have to say about the Master of Sustainability Program!

Brock has incredible funding opportunities and the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty that are leaders in their respective fields.
 Brodie Hague, Class of 2016

I knew SSAS was right for me because it offered me a balanced education with coursework, hands-on experience, and research
 Samantha Stea, Class of 2016

Coming from the Maritimes, I was nervous about coming to a bigger school, but the SSAS program is so close knit and immediately offered me many opportunities both academically and personally. The people I have met have become my fast friends, and I’ve enjoyed all of the opportunities for personal and professional development through the program
– Natalie Gillis, Class of 2017

I would highly recommend the Master of Sustainability program at Brock to anyone who is thinking about graduate school. The combination of course work, research experience, co-op opportunities, and extra-curricular opportunities has prepared me well for a future in the sustainability field
– Samantha Morris, Class of 2016