Undergraduate Research

As an ESS student, you will have many hands-on research opportunities to work with professors as research assistants during the school year, summer internships, or undergraduate research projects.

You are free to explore research with faculty in the department of your choice; ask thewilliam.minarik [at] mcgill.ca ( undergraduate student advisor )for more information.


Examples of ESS research past and present:

Sam Aucoin Sam Aucoin: Coastal Sea-Ice Break-Up Events in Beringia

Published in: McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal

Life After McGill: Sam is now doing a PhD at Dalhousie University



Nicolas Brown Nicolas Brown: Interruptions of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in a global coupled model, with and without freshwater forcing (BSc. Honours in Earth Systems Science, 2014)

Published research in: Climate of the Past 

Life After McGill: Nicholas is now a geospatial data engineer, working with all kinds of remote sensing data. He has previously worked for GHGSat (greenhouse gas monitoring) and is now at Overstory (remotely sensed vegetation management for utilities).


Ava FuchsAva Fuchs: Quantifying global human activities through harmonized population-scale time use data.

Ava is currently a student and research assistant in the department.




Joseph Samuel Joseph Samuel: Weather-Driven Complementarity between Daily Energy Demand at One Location and Renewable Supply at Another (BSc. Honours in Earth System Science 2022)

Published research in: Journal of Applied Meterology and Climatology 

Life After McGill: Joseph started his Master's at the University of Calgary. He is developing and testing an improved technique to identify and quantify urban methane emissions that are currently missing from municipal inventories. Hopefully, this can help guide policy to mitigate further emission


Clara SchryerClara Schryer: Late Holocene Record of Processes Controlling Carbon Burial in Lake Melville, Labrador

Life After McGill:  Clara is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Queen's University. She is trying to understand how much carbon is leaving the watersheds in Cape Bounty, in what forms, and how much is released to the atmosphere as greenhouse gases.



Aelis Spiller: Permafrost peatland carbon dioxide response to gradual drying varies by the antecedent moisture of distinct landscape features.

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