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Graduate Programs in Environment & Geography

Student Profiles

Ph.D. Students and Projects

Fowzia Ahmed
Supervisor: Dr. C.J. Mundy
Thesis topic: Nutrient dynamics of sea ice algae in the Arctic
ahmedf6@myumanitoba.ca

Elvis Asihene
Supervisors: Dr. Dustin Isleifson, Dr. Colin Gilmore
Thesis topic: Remote sensing techniques to detect and characterize oil spills in the Arctic sea ice
asihenee@myumanitoba.ca

Atreya Basu
Supervisors: Dr. Jens Ehn, Dr. Simon Bélanger
Thesis topic: Optical oceanography, in satellite and in-situ based remote sensing approaches, to study the water optical constituents (SPM and CDOM) in relation to the aquatic environment.
basua@myumanitoba.ca

David Babb
Supervisors: Dr. Ryan Galley, Dr. David Barber
Thesis topic: Sea Ice Transport in the Beaufort Gyre
david.babb@umanitoba.ca

Debangshu Banerjee
Supervisors: Dr. Karen Alley, Dr. Dorthe Dahl Jensen
Thesis topic: Antarctic Ice shelf stability and Ice-Ocean Interaction
banerjed@myumanitoba.ca

Naomi Beingessner
Supervisors: Dr. Jonathan Peyton, Dr. Annette Desmarais
Thesis topic: Beyond private and public: models of agricultural grazing land tenure and access in the Prairie provinces
beingesn@myumanitoba.ca

Tonya Burgers
Supervisor: Dr. Tim Papakyriakou
Thesis topic: The marine carbon cycle in Baffin Bay and Nares Strait, including specific biogeochemical processes that affect the cycling of inorganic carbon
burgertm@myumanitoba.ca

Vaishali Chaudhary
Supervisors: Dr. Julienne Stroeve, Dr. Dustin Isleifson
Thesis topic: SAR Remote Sensing of Sea Ice to Detect Ice Break-Up Events in the Canadian Arctic
chaudh23@myumanitoba.ca

Veronica Coppolaro
Supervisors: Dr. David Barber, Dr. Marianne Marcoux
Thesis topic: Passive acoustic monitoring of Arctic marine mammals and influence of human activities and a changing Arctic on their populations and habitat use
coppolav@myumanitoba.ca

Durell Desmond
Supervisors: Dr. Gary Stern, Dr. Dustin Isleifson, Dr. David Barber
Thesis topic: Remote sensing detection and mitigation of oil in sea ice
umdesmod@myumanitoba.ca

Aura Diaz
Supervisors: Dr. Jens Ehn, Dr. Tim Papakyriakou
Thesis topic: Study and characterization of the processes that can slow or fast-track sea ice melt progression
umdiaza@myumanitoba.ca

Brock Edwards
Supervisors: Dr. Feiyue Wang, Dr. Peter Outridge
Thesis topic: Investigating volcanic and geothermal mercury emissions in Iceland
brock.edwards@umanitoba.ca

Zhiyuan (Jeff) Gao
Supervisor: Dr. Feiyue Wang
Thesis topic: Interactions between mercury species and organic compounds
gaoz3459@myumanitoba.ca

Laura Gasque-Belz
Supervisors: Dr. Mark Hanson, Dr. Markus Hecker
Thesis topic: Risk assessment of legacy contaminated sites: Bioassay-driven analysis of complex mixtures in fish
gasquel@myumanitoba.ca

Kaushik Gupta
Supervisors: Dr. Jens Ehn, Dr. David Barber
Thesis topic: Coastal oceanography and remote sensing
Guptak1@myumanitoba.ca

Braedon Humeniuk
Supervisors: Dr. Mark Hanson, Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez Gil
Thesis topic: Assessing the ecological risk associated with salinity and salinization in Canadian freshwaters using the Lake Winnipeg watershed as a case study
humeniub@myumanitoba.ca

Nicole Loeb
Supervisors: Dr. Julienne Stroeve, Dr. John Hanesiak
Thesis topic: Using high-resolution climate models to study changes in extreme precipitation events in the Baffin Bay region over the 21st century, and how those changes lead to mass changes in the region’s ice caps and glaciers
loebn@myumanitoba.ca

Kimberly Ovitz
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Loseto
Thesis topic: The co-interpretation of spatial data by traditional knowledge holders and western scientists to facilitate the co-production of new knowledge on beluga movement ecology in the Beaufort Sea under a changing climate
ovitzk@myumanitoba.ca

Chris Peck
Supervisors: Dr. Jens Ehn, Dr. Zou Zou Kuzyk
Thesis topic: The concentration of suspended sediment and its potential impacts on declining eelgrass beds in various locations across the Hudson Bay
peckc@myumanitoba.ca

Kasia Polcwiartek
Supervisors: Dr. Feiyue Wang, Dr. Gary Stern
Thesis topic: Interphase partitioning and fate of petrogenic PAHs and BTEX in sea ice following oil spills
polcwika@myumanitoba.ca

Lena Popova
Supervisors: Dr. Juliene Stroeve, Dr. David Walker
Thesis topic: Arctic Rain-on-Snow detection using active and passive microwave remote sensing; social and economic impacts of climate change on the traditional way of living of the Arctic indigenous peoples
popoval@myumanitoba.ca

Luke Storrie
Supervisors: Dr. David Barber, Dr. Lisa Loseto
Thesis topic: Impacts of climate change on Beaufort Sea beluga whales, using satellite telemetry data to learn about their dive behavior and habitat use
storriel@myumanitoba.ca

Enooyaq Sudlovenick
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Loseto
Thesis topic: Looking at the health of marine mammals through pathology and exposure to pollutants, impacts on human health, incorporated with Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) through project ideas, methodological approaches, and interpretation
sudlovee@myumanitoba.ca

Esty Willcox
Supervisors: Dr. Søren Rysgaard, Dr. Ryan Galley
Thesis topic: How solutes in the sea ice-brine system (gases, salts, nutrients) vary with changes in initial conditions and freezing regime
willcoxe@myumanitoba.ca

Kedong Zhang
Supervisor: Dr. Feiyue Wang
Thesis topic: Oil spill response in the Arctic, especially the cryospheric photochemistry in the ice-infested environment
zhangk10@myumanitoba.ca

 

Masters Students and Projects

Gerald Beta
Program: M.Env.
Supervisor: Dr Stephane McLachlan
Thesis topic: An evaluation of Health and environmental impacts of hydroelectric developments across Manitoba First Nations
betag@myumanitoba.ca

Katarina Djordjevic
Program: M.Env.
Supervisor: Dr. Jonathan Peyton
Thesis topic: Manitoba’s Hydrological Landscape: Encountering Settler Colonialism in Energy Development
djordjek@myumanitoba.ca

William Dowie
Program: M.Env.
Supervisors: Dr. John Sinclair, Dr. Rick Baydack
Thesis topic: Residential-scale ecological design: helping the urban realm move towards greater sustainability, resilience, and regeneration.
umdowie@myumanitoba.ca

Enoil de Souza Júnior
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. John Hanesiak
Thesis topic: Arctic warming and its possible linkages to low-latitudes
enoil@myumanitoba.ca

Rebecca (Becky) Filopoulos
Program: M.Env.
Supervisor: Stephane McLachlan
Thesis Topic: Exploring technologies that facilitate Indigenous research and data sovereignty.
filopour@umanitoba.ca

Agoston Fischer
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. David Barber
Thesis topic: Observing the optical properties of water across a continuum of salinity gradients (freshwater-brackish-marine) in Manitoba through remote sensing and in-situ sampling 
fischer5@myumanitoba.ca

Kari Green
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Eric Collins
Thesis topic: My current research interests are focused on microbial ecology in extreme environments. Using a large metagenomic dataset, my research investigates the characterization, distribution, and function of archaea in Arctic ecosystems
greenk37@myumanitoba.ca

Heather Jovanovic
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez-Gil, Dr. Mark Hanson
Thesis topic: Investigating the fate and effects of pharmaceuticals in freshwater ecosystems, focusing specifically on the mixture toxicity of common antidepressant and antipsychotic medications
jovanovh@myumanitoba.ca

Satwant Kaur
Supervisors: Dr. Jens Ehn, Dr. David Barber
Thesis topic: Hemispheric scale winter sea ice drift speeds and patterns, the role of wind and sea level pressure patterns in driving sea ice
kaurs34@myumanitoba.ca

Elizabeth Kitching
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. C.J. Mundy, Dr. Christine Michel
Thesis topic: Primary production of the marine system surrounding Southampton Island, Nunavut

Brett MacDonald
Program: M.Env.
Supervisor: Dr. Rick Baydack
Thesis topic: The Potential Impacts of Emerald Ash Borer in Winnipeg
macdon84@myumanitoba.ca

Hakeem Omilowo
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Vince Palace, Dr. Mark Hanson
Thesis topic: Effect of oil spills on Periphyton Communities in a Freshwater Environment
omilowoh@myumanitoba.ca

Katelyn Rodgers
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. David Barber, Dr. Greg McCullough
Thesis topic: Annual and seasonal changes in nutrient loading and runoff in Swan and Woody Rivers (Lake Winnipegosis Watershed)
rodgersk@myumanitoba.ca

Patricia S. Montalvo-Rodriguez
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Eric Collins
Thesis topic: Microbial communities in the Arctic and their ecosystem contributions and changes due to changes in the environment
montalvp@myumanitoba.ca

Monojit Saha
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. Julienne Stroeve, Dr. Dustin Isleifson
Thesis topic: Using satellite altimetry to monitor snow on sea ice distribution in the Canadian Arctic
saham1@myumanitoba.ca

Adam Scott
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. Mark Hanson, Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez-Gil
Thesis topic: Effects of Oil Spills on Amphibian species in Canada, specifically looking at effects on Wood Frog development in a freshwater ecosystem
scotta39@myumanitoba.ca

Emma Sutherland
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Loseto
Thesis topic: Using satellite telemetry to explore decadal changes in migration and energetics for belugas in the Eastern Beaufort Sea
suther62@myumanitoba.ca

Emily Thoroski
Program: M.Env.
Supervisors: Dr. Rick Baydack
Thesis topic: Using Media Tools to Promote Science and to help to Educate the Public on Environmental Conservation
thoroske@myumanitoba.ca

Leanna Wiebe
Program: M.Env.
Supervisor: Dr. Rick Baydack
Thesis topic: Socioeconomic drivers and barriers influencing implementation of water retention and wetland conservation projects: Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives in the Swan Lake Watershed
fehrl3@myumanitoba.ca

Kiran Yendamuri
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. C.J. Mundy, Dr. Julienne Stroeve
Thesis topic: Determining primary production timing and magnitude in the Canadian Arctic and Subarctic using multi-year oceanographic mooring and satellite data
yendamuk@myumanitoba.ca

Kate Yezhova
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Tim Papakyriakou
Thesis topic: Assessment of Ocean Acidification for the Southampton Island Region
yezhovay@myumanitoba.ca

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