Prof. Sébastien Breau

Sébastien Breau

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

Prof. Gail Chmura

Gail Chmura

Associate Professor
Biogeography, paleo-ecology and wetland dynamics

Prof. Oliver Coomes

Oliver Coomes

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

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

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

Grant McKenzie

Assistant Professor
Geographic Information Science

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

Assistant Professor
Cultural & urban geography

Prof. Ludger Müller-Wille

Ludger Müller-Wille

History of anthropological & geographical research in Europe and arctic Canada

Prof. Sherry Olson

Sherry Olson

Professor Emerita
Geography & environmental history

Natalie Oswin

Associate Professor
Urban, cultural & political geography

Prof. Wayne Pollard

Wayne Pollard

Permafrost periglacial geomorphology

Mylene Riva

Assistant Professor
Indigenous Peoples' health; social determinants of health

Prof. Brian Robinson

Brian Robinson

Assistant 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

Prof. Raja Sengupta

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

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



Lea Berrang-FordLea Berrang Ford

Adjunct Professor. Priestley International Centre for Climate, Leeds University

Health geography, epidemiology, ecohealth, spatial analysis, and climate change adaptation

James Ford

Adjunct Professor. Priestley International Centre for Climate, Leeds University

Global environmental change & natural hazards

Oliver Sonnentag

Adjunct Faculty. University of Montreal


Jianghua Wu


Adjunct Faculty. Memorial University of Newfoundland


Catrina (Cat) MacKenzie

Catrina (Cat) MacKenzie


Affiliate Member. Adjunct Lecturer, Department of of Geography, University of Vermont

Conservation policy and the spatial and societal distribution of benefits and losses accrued by communities located adjacent to protected areas in Sub-Saharan Africa

Anna Spalding

Affiliate Member. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Oregon State University

Post-Doctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars


Terence Epule Epule

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University

Research interests: Climate and land use change, climate change adaptation, vulnerability indices, agroecology and conventional agriculture, Uganda
Supervisor: Prof. James Ford

Gilly Hartal

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University

Research interests: Sexual politics, urban politics, sexualities and space, feminist and queer methodologies, social movements
Supervisor: Prof. Natalie Oswin

Mike MedeirosMike Medeiros

Post-doctoral Fellow
Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University

Research interests: Political behaviour, ethnopolitics, political representation

Supervisor: Benjamin Forest

Jesse Sayles

Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography, McGill University

Research interests: Sustainability, Landscape governance, Social-ecological systems, Network science, Adaptation, Restoration, Work relating to Indigenous peoples/First Nations, Coastal systems, Watershed Systems
Supervisor: James Ford


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.

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.

​Elisa David

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

Elisa assists graduate students with thesis submissions, fellowships, TA applications/assignments, comprehensive exams, admissions, and general inquiries. She also supplies candies to students and professors who need a sugar boost.

Paula Kestelman - Senior TechnicianPaula Kestelman

Senior Technician
paula.kestelman [at]
Tel: (514) 398-4310
Location: Burnside Hall, Room 613

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. Her regular advising drop-in hours are Mondays from 1pm to 3pm, Wednesdays from 1pm to 4pm, Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, and Fridays from 1pm to 4pm. 

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.

Joseph Vacirca

Joseph 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 Elrick - GIC Director

Dr. Tim Elricktim.elrick [at]

Tel: 514-398-6052


Jeffery Sauer - Research Assistant

jeffery.sauer [at]

Tel: 514-398-7438

GIS/RS, Web Mapping Design, Web Development and Database Management, Geo-spatial Data Visualization


Ruilan Shi - GIS Technician

Ruilan Shiruilan.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.


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:


  • The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) provides confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support and education to students, faculty and staff of all genders who have been impacted by sexual violence. (






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






Members of the Department of Geography Equity Committee 2018-2019

Prof. Sébastien Breau – Chair

Prof Kevin Manaugh

Prof. Natalie Oswin

Prof. Sarah Turner

tai.jacob [at] (Tai Jacob) - Student rep