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Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Location

Location

  • Macdonald-Stewart Building
  • McGill University, Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7773
  • Fax: 514-398-7990
  • Email: info.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: mcgill.ca/nrs

About the Department of Natural Resource Sciences

About the Department of Natural Resource Sciences

As humans depend on a wide variety of ecosystem services, society is becoming increasingly aware of the need for sustainable management of natural resources. We require the natural world to provide us with necessities such air, water, food, and energy, but also depend on ecosystems for services such as nutrient cycling, biodiversity, recreation, and the splendour of nature. Sustainable management of natural resources via governance of human activities requires an understanding of all of these elements.

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is a multidisciplinary group with a wide range of interests, including wildlife and fish biology, entomology, agriculture, soil science, microbiology, genomics, meteorology, forest science, landscape ecology, agricultural and resource economics, and environmental policy. We are concerned with the populations and diversity of organisms within ecosystems; the flow of energy and nutrients through ecosystems; and processes that influence human behaviour toward ecosystem services and the environment. Our graduate programs in agricultural economics, entomology, microbiology, and renewable resources, allow students to gain disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth.

Natural Resource Sciences plays a strong role in several undergraduate programs, from the inter-departmental Majors in:

  • Environmental Biology;
  • Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural);
  • Environment (Bieler School of Environment);
  • Agro-Environmental Sciences; and
  • Agricultural Economics;

to the Specialisations such as:

  • Applied Ecology;
  • Wildlife Biology;
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology;
  • Agribusiness;
  • Environmental Economics; and
  • Life Sciences (Multidisciplinary)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)

Natural Resource Sciences Faculty

Natural Resource Sciences Faculty

Chair
Brian Driscoll
Graduate Program Director
Sébastien Faucher
Program Director - Agricultural Economics
Paul J. Thomassin
Emeritus Professors
David M. Bird; B.Sc.(Guelph), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) – Wildlife Biology
James W. Fyles; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Vic.,BC), Ph.D.(Alta.)
William H. Hendershot; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.) – Soil Science
Edmund S. Idziak; B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc.(McG.), D.Sc.(TU Delft) – Microbiology
Peter H. Schuepp; Dipl.Sc.Nat.(Zürich), Ph.D.(Tor.) – Agricultural Physics
Robin K. Stewart; B.Sc.(Agr.), Ph.D.(Glas.) – Entomology
Professors
Elena Bennett; B.A.(Oberlin), M.S., Ph.D.(Wisc.) (Canada Research Chair) - Sustainability Science (joint appt. with Bieler School of Environment) – Ecosystem Ecology
Peter Brown; B.A.(Haver.), M.A., Ph.D.(Col.) (joint appt. with Geography and Bieler School of Environment) – Environmental Policy and Ethics
Christopher Buddle; B.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Alta.) – Forest Insect Ecology
Paul J. Thomassin; B.Sc.(McG.), M.S., Ph.D.(Hawaii Pac.) – Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Joann Whalen; B.Sc.(Agr.)(Dal.), M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ohio St.) – Soil Science (William Dawson Scholar)
Lyle G. Whyte; B.Sc.(Regina), Ph.D.(Wat.) (Canada Research Chair)Microbiology
Associate Professors
Niladri Basu; B.Sc.(Qu.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.) (Canada Research Chair) (joint appt. with School of Human Nutrition) – Ecotoxicology
Jeffrey Cardille; B.Sc.(Carn. Mell), M.Sc.(Georgia Tech.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Wisc. Madison) (joint appt. with Bieler School of Environment) – Landscape Ecology
Benoît Côté; B.Sc.A., Ph.D.(Laval) – Forest Resources
Brian T. Driscoll; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McM.) – Microbiology
Gary B. Dunphy; B.Sc.(New Br.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Nfld.) – Entomology
Sebastien Faucher; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr.) – Microbiology
Jessica Head; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ott.) – Ecotoxicology
Gordon Hickey; B.For.Sci.(Melb.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.), EMPA(ANZSOG, Monash) – Sustainable Natural Resource Management (William Dawson Scholar)
Murray Humphries; B.Sc.(Manit.), M.Sc.(Alta.), Ph.D.(McG.) – Wildlife Biology
Nicolas Kosoy; B.Sc.(USB), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Autonoma, Barcelona) (joint appt. with Bieler School of Environment) – Ecological Economics
Ian B. Strachan; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) – Micrometeorology
Assistant Professors
Mary Doidge; B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D. (MSU)
Kyle Elliott; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Manit.) (Canada Research Chair) – Avian Conservation Biology
Aurélie Harou; B.Sc.(Sus.), M.Sc.(Calif., Davis), Ph.D.(Cornell)
Jessica Gillung; B.Sc.(UFPR), M.Sc.(São Paulo), Ph.D.(Calif., Davis)
Cynthia Kallenbach; B.Sc.(Sonoma St.), M.Sc., M.Sc.(Calif., Davis), Ph.D.(N. Hamp.)
Melissa McKinney; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), M.Sc.,(Windsor), Ph.D.(Car.) (Canada Research Chair) Ecological Change
Denis Roy; B.Sc.(Qu.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Windsor)
Associate Member
Christopher Barrington-Leigh (School of Environment)
David M. Green (Redpath Museum)
Jacqueline Bede (Plant Science)
Robin Thomas Naylor (Economics)
Adjunct Professors
Kimberly Fernie
Charles W. Greer
Affiliate Member
Adrian Unc
Geoffrey Sunahara
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2021-2022 (last updated Mar. 1, 2021) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2021-2022 (last updated Feb. 12, 2021) (disclaimer)
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