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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

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

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. Marianne Marcoux, Dr. Lisa Loseto
Thesis topic: Passive acoustic monitoring of Arctic marine mammals and influence of human activities and a changing Arctic on their populations and habitat dickensl@myumanitoba.cause
coppolav@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

Kaushik Gupta
Supervisors: Dr. Jens Ehn
Thesis topic: Landfast ice in the Canadian Sub-Arctic: Monitoring, Processes and Impacts
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

Luke Storrie
Supervisors: Dr. Lisa Loseto
Thesis topic: Impacts of climate change on Beaufort Sea beluga whales, using satellite telemetry data to learn about their dive behaviour 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

Esdoorn 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

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

Meaghan Bartley
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Zou Zou Kuzyk
Thesis topic: Records of organic carbon and mercury in sediments from James Bay, Canada
bartleym@myumanitoba.ca

Leah Dickenson
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. Vince Palace, Dr. Mark Hanson
Thesis topic: Evaluating the effect of aquaculture wastewater to zooplankton communities in wild rice planted mesocosms
dickensl@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

Agoston Fischer
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Jens Ehn
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

Fiona Lebar
Program: M.Env.
Supervisor: Dr. Stephane McLachlan
Thesis Topic: Exploring northern Manitoba Métis food sovereignty through the use of community gardens
lebarf@myumanitoba.ca

Clinton Macadam
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. John Hanesiak
Thesis topic: Assessments of the ability of ECCC’s HRDPS model to simulate hail storms and hail characteristics explicitly, and the investigation of ways to improve the model's microphysics scheme.
macadamc@myumanitoba.ca

Patricia S. Montalvo-Rodriguez
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisors: Dr. Lisa Loseto, Dr. Sara Good
Thesis topic: Characterizing Gut Microbiota in Wild-Caught and Lab-Reared Larval Sea Lamprey Under Different Feeding Regimes
montalvp@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

Cara Rankin
Program: M.Sc.
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Loseto
Thesis topic: Characterizing Beluga Vocal Behavior in Response to Changing Habitats and Anthropogenic Activity in the TNMPA and ANMPA
rankinc1@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

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

Department Resources

Forms

Milestone Checklists 

Registration Approval Form (generally due before Fall term, covers both Fall and Winter)

Resources

E&G Grad Student Association

E&G Graduate Conference Travel Award

Milestone instructions

You must pass various milestone meetings and presentations during your degree. A quick list of how to prepare for each is below. Find full details in the Supplementary Regulations. All meetings can be held in person, virtually, or a hybrid.

Master's Proposal

  • No need to register for anything specific.
  • Read the Proposal section in your Supp Regs (6.7.1.1).
  • Confirm committee with advisor. Can check with Coordinator (Celia) to make sure committee is adequate (Supp Regs 6.5.2).
  • Confirm with your advisor that your written proposal is adequate for the meeting, and send it to your committee members. (Typically 10 - 20 pages.)
  • Arrange a date for your committee to meet. No outside chair is necessary. Does not need to be advertised or open to visitors.
  • Tell the Coordinator so the FGS form can be prepped before the meeting.

 

Master's Thesis Defence

  • Register for GRAD 7000 the term you may want to defend. (No penalties for doing this multiple terms.)
  • Read the “Style and Format” section about the thesis (6.8) in the Supp Regs.
  • Consult FGS’s “Submit your thesis” page, for the thesis submission deadline for the term you want to graduate (ignore the PhD section).
  • Confirm with Coordinator (Celia) that Appointment of Examiners Form is turned into Graduate Coordinator at least a month before you want to defend.
  • Send Thesis draft to advisor.
  • Advisor sends (or tells you to send) Thesis draft to whole committee, at least three weeks before intended defence date.
  • Read the “Oral Examination” section of the Supp Regs (6.7.1.3).
  • Set defence date, and at the same time, make sure your advisor picks a Chair for the defence (must come from Dept). Tell Coordinator these details.
  • Coordinator makes a poster and distributes to your colleagues at least a week ahead of time. Must be open to visitors, either virtually or in person.
  • Defend!
  • Chair or Advisor gives signed paperwork to Coordinator, who sends to FGS (may be delayed until after revisions).
  • Revise thesis based on comments; get advisor’s approval.
  • Submit thesis to MSpace.
  • Graduate and enjoy your degree!

 

Ph.D. Proposal

  • Normally within the first 18 months.
  • No need to register for anything specific.
  • Read the Proposal section in the Supp Regs (7.9).
  • Confirm committee with advisor. Can check with Coordinator to make sure committee is adequate (7.2.4).
  • Confirm with your advisor that your proposal is adequate, and send it to your committee members. (Typically 20 - 40 pages.)
  • Arrange a date for your committee to meet; include Grad Chair in scheduling--needs to chair meeting or designate another chair.
  • Tell Coordinator about your time/date/title of the proposal defence at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • Coordinator advertises at least a week ahead of time. Must be open to visitors.
  • If the proposal is accepted (sometimes with revisions), your committee signs the form and returns it in to the Coordinator. If it is not acceptable, make arrangements with the committee to try again within one term.

Ph.D. Candidacy Exam

  • Normally within the first 3 years; must be completed at least one year before graduation.
  • Register for GRAD 8010 the term you may want to hold the exam. (No penalties for doing this multiple terms.)
  • Read the Candidacy Examination section of the Supp Regs (7.8). Pay attention to specifics around committee members participating remotely, if necessary. Currently must be all by videoconference.
  • Advisor & Committee arranges your question/procedure and scheduling.
  • Turn in your written response.
  • Advisor schedules exam date; include Grad Chair in scheduling, who needs to find a chair for the meeting; tell Coordinator at least 3 weeks in advance.
  • Coordinator advertises the open portion of your exam to your colleagues at least a week ahead of time. Must be open to visitors.
  • If the exam is passed, the committee signs the form and returns it to the Coordinator. If it is not passed, make arrangements with the committee to try again within 6 months.

Ph.D. Defence

  • Register for GRAD 8000 the term you may want to defend. (No penalties for doing this multiple terms.)
  • Read the Thesis sections of the Supp Regs (7.10 to 7.12).
  • Consult FGS’s “Submit your thesis” page, for the thesis submission date recommendation for the term you want to graduate.
  • Confirm with your advisor(s), then send draft to your committee members with "Approval to proceed form."
  • Advisor(s) gathers a list of 3 potential External examiners. (New rules require advisor or coordinator to contact them to confirm availability in advance.)
  • Committee members must sign the Approval to Proceed form.
  • Upload the draft and Approval to Proceed form to the Thesis portal.

What happens next?

  • Advisor is asked for potential externals.
  • WAITING
    • FGS picks an external and sends the draft to all examiners.
    • All examiners submit comments to the portal within 4 weeks.
    • FGS returns comments to advisor.
  • If the thesis is deemed defensible, the student receives the comments, and the advisor works to set the defence date with all examiners.
  • Candidate sends FGS biographical data, abstract, etc, as asked for in the Guidelines document sent with examiners' comments
  • Tell FGS and the Coordinator (Celia) the defence date at least 2 weeks before; include details about any virtual attendance
  • FGS will pick a Chair for the defence, with help of advisors/department.
  • Coordinator distributes a poster to invite your colleagues. Must be open to visitors.
  • Defend!
  • Chair gives signed paperwork to FGS; other form may be kept by advisor(s) until any revisions are completed. If the defence is not passed, talk to advisor about next steps, possible second defence.
  • Revise thesis based on comments; get advisor’s approval.
  • Submit thesis to MSpace.
  • Graduate and enjoy your degree!

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