I am currently carrying ongoing research for a book on ‘The Southeast Asian City Revisited’ (tentative title) funded by research grants from the Institute of Asian Research UBC, research on the sustainability of Asian mega-regions with funded by the University of Tokyo and research on Malaysian urbanization with colleagues at the University Kebangsaan, Malaysia.
My research interests focus on pre-Hispanic wetland agriculture; cultural-historical geography of Mesoamerican tropical lowlands; and the recent impact of agricultural globalization.
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.
My research interest in economic, specifically labor, geography lies in the context of global cities or more specifically newly emerging global cities. I am expanding my empirical work to include the urban context of Dubai and also Vancouver.
My research covers a wide range of topics in geomorphology and hydrology such as landscape evolution, 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 been working to understand the consequences of environmental change, driven by the changing climate, on Arctic tundra ecosystems through long-term observations and field experiments. Studies of plant growth, phenology and reproduction, biodiversity responses, biotic interactions, evolutionary and migration potential of plant species, carbon and nutrient fluxes, and effects of permafrost disturbance form the basis of investigations by my group. We also work in Arctic communities to help northern students understand and interpret observations of environmental change by elders through shared field and class experiences and participation in science-based projects on berry producing shrub species.