Faculty working on Water, Snow and Ice
Karen Bakker, Professor
Water governance, privatization
B.A.Sc., McMaster University; D. Phil (1999) Oxford University
"I work at the intersection of economic and environmental geography. My primary research interests span political economy, political ecology, environmental studies, development studies, and resource and environmental management. I conduct research in both the 'developing' and 'developed' world, and consequently have an interest in debates over postcolonialism and development. My theoretical interests currently focus on the debate over the use of markets and market instruments in environmental management (the 'neoliberal nature' debate). My primary research focus for the past few years has been on water governance in the context of neoliberalism (water privatization, decentralization of water management). I am also developing new research projects on the geography of food, and on resilience. I would particularly welcome students working in these latter two areas."
Dr. Bakker holds the Canada Research Chair in Political Ecology.
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Office Phone: 604-822-6702
Room Number: GEOG 142
Michael Church, Professor Emeritus
Channel dynamics, large rivers
B.A., University of Toronto; Ph.D. (1969), UBC
"My research interests focus on the morphodynamics of rivers at all scales from steepland streams to large rivers. I am engaged in long-term studies of sediment transport and stability in Fraser, Peace and Mackenzie rivers. Sediment transport is also studied in an experimental program conducted in our environmental hydraulics laboratory. In addition, I am interested in fluvial landscape evolution over intermediate time scales (order 10,000 years). I also am interested in the history and methodology of geomorphology."
Honours: Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada
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Office Phone: 604-822-2900
Room Number: GEOG 234
Simon Donner, Assistant Professor
Hydrology, biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology
B.A.Sc., McMaster University; M.E.M., Duke University; Ph.D. (2002), University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Why does climate matter? This question is the basis of a broad program of modelling and field research examining how changes in the climate over time affect biogeochemical cycling and the function of marine ecosystems like coral reefs. This research provides insight into the causes and effects of human-induced climate change, the efficacy of policy and mitigation options, and the consequences for human welfare. Current areas of research include the climate change and coral reefs in the central equatorial Pacific; the obstacles to public education about climate change; the effect of climate and agriculture on nutrient loading to large river systems; and trade-offs between food, feed and fuel production."
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Office Phone: 604-822-6959
Room Number: GEOG 133
Brett Eaton, Associate Professor
Watershed processes, stream morphodynamics, hydrology
B.Sc. Honours, UBC; M.Sc., McGill University; Ph.D. University of British Columbia (2004)
"I am a fluvial geomorphologist interested in how rivers respond to landuse and environmental changes. My research group is conducting laboratory experiments and field studies as part of a larger effort to improve our understanding of stream channel (in)stability, fish habitat and bed material transport. In particular, we are focussing on the influence of disturbances such as forest fire on channel morphodynamics, the effect of large wood on sediment transport dynamics and the influence of hydropower generation on stream channel processes. I am also interested in the broader set of processes controlling landscape characteristics."
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Office Phone: 604-822-2257
Room Number: GEOG 143
Matthew Evenden, Associate Professor
Environmental history, water history
B.A. Honours, Queen's University; M.A., Ph.D. (2000), York University
"My research lies in environmental history and water history, with a regional specialization in Canada, particularly Alberta and British Columbia. I serve as a co-leader of the Canadian Water History Project (with Stphane Castonguay, UQTR), and an executive leader of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. The politics of large rivers lies at the core of my research program. How have rivers been contested by different social and cultural groups? How have rivers been perceived and understood? And how have political economies shaped and been shaped by rivers and the resources drawn from them? I have explored these questions in a book on the environmental history of the Fraser River, Fish versus Power, published by Cambridge University Press (2004), which received a Clio prize from the Canadian Historical Association. Recently I completed a co-authored book exploring the overlapping uses of and claims to the Bow River in Alberta, The River Returns (McGill-Queens UP) with colleagues, Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles. I am currently working on a book-length manuscript, Mobilizing Rivers, which analyzes the development of hydro-electricity in Canada during the Second World War."
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Office Phone: 604-822-6407
Room Number: GEOG 251
Marwan Hassan, Professor and Department Head
Fluvial and watershed geomorphology, stream ecology
B.A., Ben Gurion University of the Negev; M.Sc., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D. (1989), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
"My research covers a wide range of topics in geomorphology and hydrology such as the interaction between hill-slopes and channels, channel stability and morphology, river sediment transport and sediment yield, stream ecology, in-channel wood dynamics, and modeling fine sediments and their interactions with stream physical and biological characteristics. I have worked on fundamental processes involving flow and sediment transport and contributed to the advancement of river science at various scales, from sediment grains to watersheds, and in fields outside fluvial geomorphology such as urban hydrology, water quality, and water resources management. Model development has been a very important component of my research, with considerable experimental flume work used to complement field data. My current research concerns small, forested streams such as the routing of water and sediment, associated channel characteristics, and ecological processes. My field and laboratory experimental work has been published in leading international journals."
Dr. Hassan is currently the Department Head (2012-2015).
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Office Phone: 604-822-5894
Room Number: GEOG 253, GEOG 221
Greg Henry, Professor
Ecohydrology, glacial retreat, permafrost dynamics
B.Sc. Honours, M.E.S., Dalhousie University; Ph.D. (1987), University of Toronto
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Office Phone: 604-822-2985
Room Number: GEOG 231
Michele Koppes, Assistant Professor
Glacial geomorphology, glaciology
B.A. Honours, Williams College; M.Sc., Ph.D. (2007) University of Washington
"My research focuses on glacier processes, glaciated landscapes and landscape response to climate change, from the long term (the Quaternary Era) to recent change (i.e. in the past century). I am fascinated with rates of geomorphic change, particularly the effects of humans on the landscape and how we compare to other natural geomorphic agents such as glaciers and rivers. Some of my current research projects are focusing on quantifying glacier change, landscape response, and the effects of climate change on melt water resources in Alaska, southern Patagonia, Antarctica, and the northwestern Himalayas."
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Office Phone: 604-822-4896
Room Number: GEOG 141
Ross Mackay, Professor Emeritus
B.A., Clark University; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., University of Montreal
"Research interests focus on arctic permafrost and geomorphology. Dr. Mackay maintains an active research program along the western Arctic coast of Canada."
Honours: Order of Canada; Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada; Doctor of Geography (Hon), University of Ottawa; D.E.S. (Hon), University of Waterloo; D.Sc. (Hon), UVIC; D.Sc. (Hon), UBC; Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, University of Helsinki
David McClung, Professor Emeritus
Snow and avalanche science
B.Sc, North Dakota State University; AM, University of Rochester; Ph.D (1974), University of Washington
"Snow and avalanche mechanics, avalanche dynamics and engineering, avalanche prediction and forecasting."
Dr. McClung holds the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Snow and Avalanche Science, supported by NSERC, Forest Renewal BC, Canadian Mountain Holidays, and UBC. The research program covers avalanche forecasting and interaction of avalanches and forest cover.
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Office Phone: 604-822-9157
Room Number: GEOG 241
Dan Moore, Professor
Hydroclimatology, hydrology, water quality, cryosphere
B.Sc. Honours, UBC; Ph.D. (1984), University of Canterbury
"I am trying to gain a better understanding of the ways in which climate variability and change on various time scales, in conjunction with forest and glacier dynamics, influence hydrological processes and the patterns of streamflow and water quality."
Dr. Moore currently holds the FRBC Chair in Hydrology.
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Office Phone: 604-822-3538
Room Number: GEOG 225
Lab Number: GEOG 246
Olav Slaymaker, Professor Emeritus
Sediment, solute and nutrient budgets
B.A. Honours, University of Cambridge; A.M. Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D. (1968), University of Cambridge
"My research focusses on global environmental change in mountainous landscapes, emphasizing the role of relief, hydroclimatology and human activities as the major drivers of change. Twenty-first century mountain landscapes are evolving under the globally scaled controls of hydroclimate and the spatially and temporally discontinuous impacts of human activity and tectonic plate movements. It is my premise that mass balances of sediments, solutes and nutrients are needed to test common assumptions about rates and causes of landscape change."
Dr. Slaymaker is currently the co-editor of two journals - Catena and The Canadian Geographer. Former Associate Vice-President Research, UBC (1991-1995). Former Head of the Department (1982-1991).
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Office Phone: 604-822-3537
Room Number: GEOG 241
Department of Geography - Faculty of Arts - The University of British Columbia