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Associate Dean (Graduate Education)

Ian Strachan

Associate Professor, Natural Resource Sciences

T: 514-398-7935  |  ian.strachan [at] (Email)  |  Webpage  |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS2-076

About Ian Strachan

Ian studied Physical Geography as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto and completed graduate work in micrometeorology at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. After receiving his doctorate in 2000, he completed an NSERC Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, ON. Ian joined McGill in 2001 with a cross-appointment between the Departments of Natural Resource Sciences at Mac and Geography in the Faculty of Science. He teaches courses on both of McGill’s Campuses.

He has been asked to serve on many University committees focused on graduate education including graduate admissions and progress tracking. Ian was the transitional Dean (FAES) and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald) prior to Dean Geitmann’s installation.

Research conducted in Ian’s Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) lab focuses on ecosystems that are managed or have been modified by human activity. Ian’s lab group is interested in the movement of energy, mass and trace gases between the surface and the lower atmosphere. Their core research investigates controls on carbon cycling in wetland ecosystems using advanced measurement techniques. Ian and his students have also conducted industry sponsored research through the NSERC-CRD program including with Hydro Quebec investigating greenhouse gases and evaporation from a newly constructed boreal reservoir in northern Quebec, and the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Growers Association examining the effects of post-extraction carbon exchange in restored peatlands in Quebec and Alberta. He is proud that his graduate students continue to win external Provincial and National Fellowships and awards for presentations at international scientific conferences.

He is a former President of the Canadian Society of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (CSAFM) and a two-term member of the American Meteorological Society’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Graham K. Walker Award for excellence in agrometeorology / forest meteorology by CSAFM.


The mandate of the Associate Dean, Graduate Education is to promote and support the Faculty's recruitment of high calibre MSc and PhD students, to assist unit Graduate Program directors (GPDs) in graduate student recruitment, to oversee the awarding of Faculty scholarships, to act on behalf of the Dean FAES in the day-to-day administration of graduate supervision, and to serve as the liaison with the Faculty of Graduate and Post-doctoral Studies.

The Associate Dean (Graduate Education) is a member of the Executive Committee, chairs the Committee on Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and represents the Faculty on the Graduate Advisory Committee to the Dean (Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies).

Prospective Students: Macdonald Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 

Current Students: Grad Studies at Macdonald

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