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Departmental Chair:  Professor Jim Fyles

Academic Staff (in alphabetical order)

BASU, Niladri - Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Environmental Health Sciences / Associate Professor. The objective of Dr. Basu's program is to research, develop and apply ecosystem-based approaches to address key problems in the environmental health sciences. The focus is on applying ecotoxicology and environmental epidemiology to increase understanding of risks associated with contaminants arising from the extraction of natural resources. Key to this approach is the ability to scrutinize and integrate data across species in a comparative manner (i.e. humans along with fish, birds, marine and terrestrial mammals) and to scale responses across multiple tiers of biological organization in an integrative fashion (e.g. cell --> individual --> ecosystem).
email: niladri [dot] basu [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Niladri Basu)


BENNETT, Elena - Assistant Professor. Dr. Bennett's research interests include ecosystem services and their management. She uses the food-water system, particularly phosphorus runoff to freshwater, as a model system to understand management of trade-offs among ecosystem services and the role of slowly-changing variables in determining system dynamics. Other interests include urban ecology, scenarios, and adaptive management. Her research often involves use of GIS to understand the role of spatial pattern and land use change as influences on soil nutrients and nutrient runoff to lakes.
email: elena [dot] bennett [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Elena Bennett)


BISWAS, Asim - Assistant Professor. Dr. Biswas's research areas include soil physics, vadose zone hydrology, soil spatial variability and spatial statistics, soil-landscape scaling analysis, pedometrics and digital soil mapping. Current interest is to understand the soil water dynamics at different scales (point to field to watershed), their controls and the interaction among the controlling factors. He uses various statistical and spatial analysis methods to understand soil water dynamics in a range of spatio-temporal scales and the underlying soil processes.
email: asim [dot] biswas [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Asim Biswas)


BOUCHER, Stéphanie - Curator, Lyman Entomological Museum. Primary research interests are the systematics and ecology of the Leaf-miner flies (family Agromyzidae) and biodiversity of Diptera in Beringia.
email: stephanie [dot] boucher [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Stéphanie Boucher)


 BROWN, Peter G. - Professor, McGill School of Environment. Professor Brown’s teaching, research, and service are concerned with ethics, governance, and the protection of the environment. His career has concentrated on the practical uses of philosophy to think critically about the goals of society.  Since the 1980s this work has centered on the deterioration of Earth’s life support capacity and the thought systems that facilitate and legitimate this decline.  
email: peter [dot] g [dot] brown [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Peter G Brown)


BUDDLE, Christopher M. - Associate Professor. Terrestrial arthropod biodiversity and ecology, in particular spider and insect diversity in managed and unmanaged forests. Interests also include canopy arthropod ecology, the role of generalist predators in food webs, integrated pest management, and spider ecology, life history and taxonomy.
email: chris [dot] buddle [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Chris Buddle)


CARDILLE, Jeffrey A. - Assistant Professor. Dr. Cardille's interests are in the domains of landscape ecology, generally at regional and continental scales. Current focal areas include: the use of circuit theory for studies of forest connectivity for landscape-scale management of a variety of organisms; the use of remote sensing to estimate lake carbon content in northern boreal lakes; and the use of algorithms imported from computer science to automatically detect landscape features, skeletonize connectivity maps, and select representatives that best represent large data sets. Using an array of techniques and tools including simulation modeling, remote sensing, and GIS, he works on large problems by leveraging advances in computing power and data availability. He is a member of several large groups of scientists in Quebec, including GRIL (lakes), QCBS (biodiversity), and GEC3 (climate).
email: jeffrey [dot] cardille [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Jeffrey Cardille)


CÔTÉ, Benoit - Associate Professor. Dr. Côté's research interests are primarily in the eco-physiology of woody plant species of northeastern America. Current topics of research include: tracing the soil source of major nutrients, the effects of global climate change (temperature, precipitation and weather extremes) on the growth and nutrition of trees as well as the production of maple syrup, determination of nutritional standards, the role of silicates in trees, and forest nutrient cycling. Dr. Côté is part of the Centre d'étude de la forêt du Québec.
email: benoit [dot] cote [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Benoit Côté)


DRISCOLL, Brian T. – Associate Professor. Members of the Driscoll laboratory are interested in microbial genetics, physiology, ecology, and plant-microbe interactions. A major focus is the investigation of molecular genetic and biochemical regulation of nutrient exchange in the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis, with emphasis on studies of the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti. They are also interested in metagenomics. The metagenome consists of the genomes of all organisms present in an environmental sample. They collaborate with other researchers to develop genetic methods to isolate bacterial genes from environmental metagenomic libraries. As most bacteria have not been characterized, there is much to be learned using this approach, and there are potential biotechnological applications.
email: brian [dot] driscoll [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Brian Driscoll)


DUNPHY, Gary B. - Associate Professor. Dr. Dunphy's interests include: Virulence mechanisms of the bacterium Xenorhabdus in insects; insect immunity.
email: gary [dot] dunphy [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Gary Dunphy)


ELLIOTT, Kyle B. - Assistant Professor. Dr. Elliott studies the ecology of top avian predators (seabirds and raptors) as an indicator of the health of the Arctic. The focus is on the links between physiology, behaviour and fitness, especially in the context of senescence. Avian predators integrate information across space and time, and the research programme uses that information to understand how climatic, toxicological and other changes impact Northern environments. This approach uses energy transfer to connects the individual organism with the ecosystem. Dr. Elliott is broadly interested in the evolutionary ecology of senescence, ecotoxicology, ecological energetics, behavioural ecology, evolutionary physiology and population ecology..
email: kyle [dot] elliott [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Kyle Elliott)


FAUCHER, Sebastien - Assistant Professor.  Dr. Faucher research interests include water-borne pathogens and the regulation of virulence factors and genes involved in stress response. Legionella pneumophila is used as a model to investigate the relationship between bacterial pathogens and the host with a focus on how environmental conditions shape this relationship. The implication of small regulatory RNA (sRNA) in the regulation of virulence genes and adaptation is also studied.
email: sebastien [dot] faucher2 [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Sebastien Faucher)


FYLES, James – Professor, Departmental Chair, and George and Francis Tomlinson Chair in Forest Ecology. Dr. Fyles' research interests are in the area of forest biogeochemical ecology. His research explores relationships between plant productivity and nutrition, quality and turnover of plant residues and soil organic matter, and soil nutrient dynamics, and how these relationships influence, and are influenced by, disturbance and vegetation change.
email: james [dot] fyles [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Jim Fyles)


HEAD, Jessica – Assistant Professor. Dr. Head’s research focuses on understanding and predicting the impact of environmental chemicals on avian wildlife.  Laboratory models are used to study molecular mechanisms underlying avian responses to chemical exposure.  These findings are applied to assessing the health of wild birds through field studies and the use of molecular/genetic biomarkers.  
email: jessica [dot] head [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Jessica Head)


HENDERSHOT, William H. - Professor. Dr. Hendershot pursues studies on soil chemistry and speciation modelling; bio-availability of trace metals in contaminated soils; nutrient cycling in forest ecosystems.
email: william [dot] hendershot [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. William Hendershot)


HENNING, John C. - Associate Professor, AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS. Economic aspects of ecological/organic farming and food systems, urban agriculture and gardening, organic standards, Grain marketing and international trade, Fuel ethanol production and other industrial applications of agricultural biomass, Energy and carbon accounting.
email: john [dot] henning [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. John Henning)


HICKEY, Gordon M. – Assistant Professor. Dr. Hickey's research interests focus on the sustainability of the natural environment. In particular, natural resource policy, regulation and assessment, associated international development programs and forest management. His research draws upon numerous disciplines to integrate science-based knowledge with socio-economic considerations. This is done to inform strategic decision-making at a range of scales and support innovative resource-based policies.
email: gordon [dot] hickey [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Gordon Hickey)


HUMPHRIES, Murray M. – Associate Professor. Mammal energetics, behaviour, and ecology, especially in relation to hibernation, food and fat storage, and life histories.
email: murray [dot] humphries [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Murray Humphries)


KOSOY, Nicolas - Assistant Professor- Dr. Kosoy's specialization is in the field Ecological Economics, working with National Governments to internalise positive externalities such as Ecosystem services into their decision-making processes with particular emphasis on equity implications of commodifying nature. Furthermore, he has been directly involved in improving the capacity of developing country stakeholders in terms of the economic valuation of ecosystem services. His research interests comprise the study of economic incentives for conserving nature, the analysis of economic institutions, environment and economic history, among many others.
email: nicolas [dot] kosoy [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Nicolas Kosoy)


SOLOMON, Chris – Assistant Professor. Dr. Solomon studies the ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and organisms. Current focal areas include understanding the role of benthic-pelagic-terrestrial coupling in supporting fish and other consumers in lake food webs, and describing the processes that drive ecosystem metabolism and land-lake-atmosphere carbon cycling.
email: chris [dot] solomon [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Chris Solomon)


STRACHAN, Ian B. – Associate Professor (cross-appointed to Geography). Dr. Strachan conducts field-based micrometeorological research centred on the ways in which human-induced management and modification of ecosystems influences surface– atmosphere interactions. Dr. Strachan is currently interested in carbon exchange in marsh wetlands, boreal hydroelectric reservoirs and coastal peatlands, as well as energy and carbon exchanges in rural and urban settings in and around Montreal.
email: ian [dot] strachan [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Ian Strachan)


THOMASSIN, Paul – Associate Professor. Dr. Thomassin conducts research in environmental and resource economics. Current projects include economic-ecological macroeconomic modeling, the institutional design of domestic greenhouse gas emission trading, and the non-market valuation of environmental goods and services.
email: paul [dot] thomassin [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Paul Thomassin)


WHALEN, Joann - Associate Professor. Dr. Whalen’s research focuses on soil ecology and fertility, particularly in agro-ecosystems. Her research interests include soil organic matter and nutrient dynamics, the ecology and spatial distribution of lumbrid earthworms and nutrient management practices for optimal crop production and environmental protection.
email: joann [dot] whalen [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Joann Whalen)


WHEELER, Terry A. - Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director. Dr. Wheeler is the Director of the Lyman Entomological Museum and conducts research on insect systematics, biodiversity and ecology. Current research interests include the systematics and ecology of flies in the family Chloropidae, ecology of saproxylic Diptera in eastern forests, and community ecology of higher Diptera across multiple spatial scales.
email: terry [dot] wheeler [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Terry Wheeler)


WHYTE, Lyle G. – Associate Professor. Polar microbial ecology and biodiversity, cold-adapted microorganisms, low temperature biodegradation, low temperature bioremediation, Rhodococcus, alkane genetics, alkane monooxygenase, molecular microbial ecology, environmental genomics, low temperature physiology, astrobiology.
email: lyle [dot] whyte [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Lyle Whyte)