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Dr Colin Robertson obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Victoria in 2011. His research interests centre on the intersection of spatial epidemiology, global health, and spatial ecology. Colin’s interests encompass a  broad range of areas from developing and applying spatial and space-time models to better understand processes of disease emergence and spread, to the use of new forms of digital data (e.g., crowdsourced, participant-generated) in modelling geographic processes.  A related interest centers around how landscapes influence pathogenic processes and how these influences can be represented using geographical analysis, including interactions within and between species and mobile human agents. 

Colin is an associate with the national office of Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative where he works to develop new tools and models of wildlife health.

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Dr Steven Roberts received his PhD in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2003. His doctoral work entailed the development of both a spatial data meta-model approach and prototype Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization application using real-world GIS data sets and a Non-dominated Sorting Genetic Algorithm to solve a spatial multi-objective combinatorial optimization problem. 

Steve’s research interests centre on the design and development Geographic Information Science based tools for use in understanding landscape structure and in decision support applications for environmental land use planning. Specific fields of interest include: spatial data models and data structures, combinatorial optimization, genetic algorithms (Evolutionary Multi-objective Optimization), applied graph, matroid and category theory, landscape ecology, and parallel and shared memory computing.

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Haydn Lawrence is a PhD student at the University of Waterloo.  He received his Bachelor of Computer Science (Information Systems) from the University of New Brunswick in 2002 and later obtained his Advanced Diploma in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences in 2011.  He just completed his Master of Science in Geomatics at Wilfrid Laurier University.  His research interests are in the understanding of the underlying aspects of VGI on a global scale irrespective of technological platform or content.  More specifically, his hopes are in its use by interdisciplinary research and also by the general public, empowering the public through the same data they created themselves.

He loves traveling and languages, dabbling in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and of course French as he is originally from New Brunswick in Canada.

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Lauren Yee is currently a MSc. Student. She received her Honours BSc in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Windsor in 2013. Her undergraduate thesis examined air pollution(NO2) socioeconomic clusters in Windsor, ON. Her main findings were ethnic minority and low income clusters were exposed to more air pollution over higher socioeconomic groups. Her current interests are spatial epidemiology, wildlife health, disease, conservation, and landscape effects.  Her current research is focused on wildlife health and developing methodologies that will transition from a disease-focused approach to wildlife surveillance systems to a system that includes determinants of health. These determinants of health will encompass ecology, population biology, habitat fragmentation, climate and resilience of populations. Her goals are to quantify the determinants of health for wildlife and their ecosystems and the importance of biodiversity. She also wants to encourage interdisciplinary research, make scientific research readily accessible and easy to understand for the public, inform public policy and advocate evidence-based decision making.

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Clara Greig - Clara is currently a MSc student in the Geography Geomatics program at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Clara’s research is centered around spatial ecology, with an interest in invasive species and forest ecology.  Clara performed a geographical analysis of the influence of temperature on mountain pine beetle infestation spread in western Canada for her undergrad thesis. Currently her research involves examining the spatial-temporal lifecycle dynamics of native invasive bamboo in the Atlantic Forest of Southern Brazil.  The aim of this research is to bring about awareness of the impact bamboos impose on forest ecosystems, in hopes to influence government policy, and permit the appropriate forest management strategies to be employed to improve forest health and vitality.  Through her research, Clara hopes to promote proper management of forest ecosystems in all corners of the world.  

Alumni

Courtney Jones (MSc, 2016)

Julia Metelka (MSc, 2016)

Kara Schimmelfing (RA)

Cameron Plouffe (MSc)

Sriram Subramanian (Intern)

Kevin Horrocks (RA)

Samantha Dunlop (RA)

Haydn Lawrence (MSc, 2014)

Joel Meier (MSc, 2014)