Associate Professor, Geography | University of Guelph

Recent Research Opportunities

Check back in Spring 2018 for Fall 2018 graduate student opportunities, see below for Independent Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

 

Linkages between field-scale soil loss and water quality on the Bruce Peninsula

I am looking for a highly motivated individual to join our research group working on evaluating soil erosion countermeasures.  This is part of a community-engaged research opportunity with the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA).  In addition to laboratory work, this project will involve field work looking at the field-to-channel scale soil erosion processes and how landowners counteract these losses.

Required Qualifications:

  • BSc in Physical Geography or similar with excellent standing (80%+ in the last two full years) with several upper level undergraduate courses in Geomorphology, Hydrology and Soil Science
  • Field experience, either course or job-based
  • Proficient in English (writing, reading, and speaking)
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Strong desire to work with landowners and other stakeholders

Assets:

  • Publications and conference presentations related to undergraduate research
  • Experience with programming languages (e.g., python, java, groovy)
  • Familiarity with Ontario agricultural systems and industry

 

Evaluating land use management practices on the Bruce Peninsula using lakes sediments

Remember the show CSI?  The characters collect evidence to reconstruct the events that took place (and solve a crime).  This research opportunity is similar (minus the crime, the Hollywood celebrities and 44 minute time-frame).  Students working on this research project are going to use what you learned in your BSc Program to reconstruct soil erosion, landscape change, and land use management practices from lake sediment core records from the Bruce Peninsula.  This research is partnered with the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association.  This work will involve some field work (short period ~1 week) and quite a bit of laboratory work (e.g., sediment core logging, particle size analysis, sediment associated chemistry, potentially macrofossil identification).

Required Qualifications:

  • BSc in Physical Geography or similar with excellent standing (80%+ in the last two full years) with several upper level undergraduate courses in Geomorphology, Hydrology, Limnology, and Sedimentology
  • Laboratory experience, either course or job-based
  • Proficient in English (writing, reading, and speaking)
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Strong desire to work with landowners and other stakeholders

Assets:

  • Publications and conference presentations related to undergraduate research
  • Experience with programming languages (e.g., python, java, groovy)
  • Familiarity with Ontario agricultural systems and industry

     

GEOG*4990 - Independent Research Project Opportunities for Undergraduate Students in a Geography Major

  1.  Ephemeral sediment traps in a changing watershed:
    •  Investigate the literature on urban and developing watersheds looking at sediment sinks and sediment budget analysis (e.g., beaver & storm ponds)
    •  Some field work and mostly a literature review
  2. Open channel hydraulic modeling and stream restoration
    • How does the current literature and related models address low-order streams with respect to habitat suitability?
    •  Literature review, opportunities to work with some data and potentially assist with some winter field work
  3. Potentially anything related the graduate opportunities posted online

Official graduate school deadlines have passed; interested individuals should send their CV, transcript and statement of interest to Dr. Cockburn before proceeding with a formal application (email: jaclyn.cockburn@uoguelph.ca)