New Undergraduate Students



Sébastien Breau

Associate Professor
Economic & industrial geography, international trade, global city-regions & inequality

Prof. Gail Chmura

Gail Chmura

Biogeography, paleo-ecology and wetland dynamics

Prof. Oliver Coomes

Oliver Coomes

Environment & development in Latin America, peasant economy, livelihoods, conservation, tropical forests

Tim Elrick

Faculty Lecturer
Geographic Information Science

Benjamin Forest

Associate Professor
Political, social & urban geography

Prof. Margaret Kalacska

Margaret Kalacska

Associate Professor
Remote sensing, hyperspectral data analysis, machine learning, spatial modeling & tropical ecology

Prof. Michel Lapointe

Michel Lapointe

Associate Professor
Fluvial geomorphology, river ecosystem science and the conservation of river habitats

Yann le Polain de WarouxYann le Polain de Waroux

Assistant Professor
Land use/cover change, development, globalization

Prof. Bernhard Lehner

Bernhard Lehner

Associate Professor
Global hydrology

Graham MacDonald

Graham MacDonald

Assistant Professor
Global agriculture, food systems, land system science, sustainability.

Prof. Kevin Manaugh

Kevin Manaugh

Associate Professor
Sustainable Transportation, Spatial Justice, Decision making processes, GIS

Grant McKenzie

Assistant Professor
Spatial Data Science, GIScience, Behavioral Geography

Prof. Thom Meredith

Thom Meredith

Associate Professor
Environmental management, impact assessment, environmental conflict resolution in Canada

Prof. Tim Moore

Tim Moore

Soils, biogeochemistry, ecology of peatlands & climate change

Prof. Sarah Moser

Sarah Moser

Associate Professor
Cultural & urban geography

Prof. Ludger Müller-Wille

Ludger Müller-Wille

Human-environmental relations in the Arctic

Sherry Olson

Professor Emerita
Geography & environmental history

Prof. Wayne Pollard

Wayne Pollard

Permafrost periglacial geomorphology

Mylene Riva

Assistant Professor
Indigenous Peoples' health; social determinants of health

Prof. Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson

Associate Professor
Environment development, institutions, ecosystem services, livelihoods, China

Prof. Nancy Ross

Nancy Ross

Social determinants of health, health inequalities in Canada, environment & obesity

Prof. Nigel Roulet

Nigel Roulet - Chair

Hydrologic, climatic, & ecosystems interaction in controlling the exchange of mass & energy at the earth's surface

Raja Sengupta

Associate Professor
GIS, spatial decision support systems, agent-based modeling

Prof. Renee Sieber

Renee Sieber

Associate Professor
Use of information technology by marginalized communities, community based organizations, & social movements

Prof. Ian Strachan

Ian Strachan

Associate Professor
Micrometeorological research, management and modification of ecosystems, surface-atmosphere interactions

Prof. Christian von Sperber

Christian von Sperber

Assistant Professor
Biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling in soils, stable isotopes

Prof. Sarah Turner

Sarah Turner

Development geography, Southeast Asian geography

Prof. Jon Unruh

Jon Unruh

Associate Professor
Human geography & international development, Africa

Prof. George Wenzel

George Wenzel

Northern peoples, renewable resource harvesting in Arctic Canada, public policy

Associates, Adjuncts, and Affiliates


Elena Bennett

Associate member
McGill School of the Environment and Natural Resource Science


David Wachsmuth

Associate member
McGill School of Urban Planning


Prof. George LeblancGeorge Leblanc

Adjunct Professor
National Research Council Canada


James Ford

Adjunct Professor
Priestley International Centre for Climate, Leeds University


Jianghua Wu

Adjunct Faculty
Memorial University of Newfoundland


Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars


janine.baijnath-rodino [at] (Janine A. Baijnath-Rodino)

Post-doctoral Fellow, McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative
Department of Geography & Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University

Research interests: My passion lies in understanding surface-atmospheric interactions and its physical processes within the realm of meso-scale meteorology and physical climatology
Supervisor: Professor Laxmi Sushama

drew.bush [at] (Drew Fulton Bush)

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University

Research interests: Human geography; Climate and weather science; GIScience; Education
Supervisor: Professor Renee Sieber

marie.dade [at] (Marie Dade)

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University

Research interests: Landscape sustainability; Ecosystem services; Environmental policy and planning
Supervisor: Professor Brian Robinson

guenther.grill [at] (Günther Grill)

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University

Research interests:  Geographic Information Systems (GIS); Scientific programming; Global River Modelling; Large-Scale Impact Assessment; Free-flowing Rivers; Contaminant Fate modelling
Supervisor: Professor Bernhard Lehner

sarah.harris [at] (Sarah May Harris)

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University

Research interests: My research examines climate variability across multiple scales as well as phenomena resulting in hazardous meteorological events
Supervisor: Professor Brian Robinson


June Connolly - Undergraduate CoordinatorJune Connolly

Undergraduate Coordinator
undergrad.geog [at]
Tel: (514) 398-4951
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 705

June is responsible for scheduling all the undergraduate courses for the department including 500 level combined graduate/undergraduate courses. she also assist students with general inquires, and works closely with the Undergraduate Program Advisor to verify that students have met their program requirements for graduation.

Moshe (Mike) Dalva - Research TechnicianMoshe (Mike) Dalva

Research Technician
moshe.dalva [at]
Tel: (514) 398-4957
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 610

Mike's work involves supervision of the soils/biogeochemistry lab; instructing students on the use of various analyzers; Installation and troubleshooting of lab and field equipment measuring carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide; monitoring and collection of field data through various loggers.

​Christian Favreau

Graduate Coordinator
grad.geog [at]
Tel: (514) 398-4111
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 705

Christian assists graduate students with thesis submissions, fellowships, TA applications/assignments, comprehensive exams, admissions, and general inquiries.

Paula Kestelman - Senior TechnicianPaula Kestelman

Senior Technician
paula.kestelman [at]
Tel: (514) 398-4310
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 610

Responsibilities: Lab and field course safety. Maintenance, preparation, purchasing and insuring of field equipment used in courses and at some field sites. Coordinating of renovations to classrooms, labs and offices.

Michelle Maillet

Undergraduate Program Advisor 
advisor.geog [at]
Location: Burnside Hall, Room: 323
Michelle provides information on our Department's undergraduate programs and courses, evaluates course equivalencies in Geography, approves course substitutions, and recommends undergraduate students for graduation when they have fulfilled our program requirements. She can refer students to academic, health, and other resources throughout the University and is the "go-to" person for undergraduate student affairs. 

Marisa MastroberardinoMarisa Mastroberardino

Administrative Assistant
marisa.mastroberardino [at]
Tel: (514) 398-4114
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 704

Marisa is the Administrative Assistant who supervises the Geography Department. She is the "go-to" person if you have questions or concerns.

Luciana (Lucy) Scigliano

Administrative Coordinator
accounting.geog [at]
Tel: (514) 398-8892
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 705

Lucy process casual POPS salary payments, helps with the processing of invoices on MMP, and processes and reviews departmental expense reports.

Joseph VacircaJoseph Vacirca

IT Support
joseph.vacirca [at]
Tel: (514) 398-4879
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 723

Joseph is responsible for IT support in the Geography Department.

Geographic Information Centre

The goal of the Geographic Information Centre (GIC) is to actively support the teaching, learning and research activities of McGill University in the areas of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Dr. Tim ElrickDr. Tim Elric

GIC Director
tim.elrick [at]
Tel: 514-398-6052


Ruilan Shi

Chief GIS technician
ruilan.shi [at] (
Tel: 514-398-7438

Provides help with ArcGIS, troubleshooting ArcGIS versions, ArcGIS licenses, GIS software solutions

Geography Equity Committee

The role of the Department of Geography’s Equity Committee is to provide advice to the Chair, Department Committees and the Department in general on matters of equity in the Department of Geography’s practices and policies and to provide representation on each faculty search committee as per the Departmental Equity Guidelines.

In 2018 the Equity Committee wrote the following statement that was approved by the Department faculty, in response to events at different Canadian universities that have brought the issue of sexual harassment and violence front and center in the public domain.


Black Lives Matter

The Department of Geography, McGill University firmly denounces all racism and racial violence and stands in solidarity with members of the Black community. We are deeply concerned with the violence and recent events in Canada and the US. We recognize that these events are not isolated and in Canada are situated in our country’s long history of violence against Visible Minorities and Indigenous Communities. Read our full statement here.


Department of Geography Statement on Appropriate Relationships among Faculty, Staff, and Students

Accepted at Department Meeting, 17 September 2018

Preamble: Recent events at different Canadian universities have brought the issue of sexual harassment and violence front and center in the public domain. As a community of students, staff, and faculty in the Department of Geography we aspire and commit to create and sustain an environment that is inclusive and based on interactions of mutual respect. We endeavour to protect members of our community from bullying, harassment, and inappropriate social and sexual behaviour as we conduct our academic activities. As a community, we strive to meet these goals via continuous education regarding acceptable norms and behaviours, and by working with other units at McGill University to provide a safe setting for all.

Department aspirations: The Department of Geography recognizes that romantic or sexual relationships that might be appropriate in other circumstances have inherent dangers when they occur between individuals with different positions of power, real or perceived. As such, the Department of Geography strongly discourages romantic or sexual relationships between individuals in inherently unequal positions (for example, between a professor and student, post-doctoral scholar and student, or TA and student). All members of the Department of Geography are expected to be conscious of and sensitive to such power imbalances.

University policies: There are clear University regulations with regards to sexual violence and harassment. In addition, when a consensual romantic or sexual relationship occurs between individuals in which one individual holds a position of academic authority or influence over another McGill policy states that this is a conflict of interest (see Processes for Reporting Instances of Sexual Misconduct Involving Faculty Members – 10 FAQs).

Who you can talk to: If you are concerned about a romantic or sexual relationship between individuals at McGill in inherently unequal positions, you can seek advice and support from a member of the Department Equity Committee (current members are listed below). You can also contact the Chair of the Department, an Harassment Assessor, the Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education, or the Office of the Ombudsperson (for students).


This statement will be reviewed yearly by the Department’s Equity Committee.


Other useful resources at McGill University


People to reach out to:



  • Harassment Assessors - Contact them if you want to file a formal complaint or report, inquire about policies and processes, or be connected to additional supports.





  • Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Student Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. Their services include Drop-In and Line (DIAL), Support Groups, Advocacy, and Outreach. Additionally, they offer sexual assault sensitivity training to McGill and Montreal groups, provide information and referrals, and organize events to raise awareness about sexual assault.


Policies and other information can be found at the following links:







Members of the Department of Geography Equity Committee 2019-2020

Prof. Benjamin Forest

Prof. Sarah Moser

Prof. Raja Sengupta

[Student reps. TBA]



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