Graduate Research Opportunities

I’m always happy to chat about research opportunities for students with interests in terrestrial hydrology and/or remote sensing. Positions are available for students at the PhD or MSc level. Several funded positions are typically available to students interested in the applied use of GIS and remote sensing for observation of soil moisture (both passive and active sensors), soil freeze thaw processes, and agricultural land management.  All projects provide excellent opportunities for combining field work, laboratory and computer analysis.  We have field sites in the arctic, within boreal forests, and in agricultural regions.  Students with backgrounds in Physical Geography or Geomatics, Physical Sciences, Engineering or Computer Sciences are encouraged to contact me to discuss available projects and funding opportunities.

Environmental Governance

I am always looking for outstanding graduate students with interests and expertise in environmental governance most generally. More narrowly, my current research funding would support: MA and PhD students focused on any of: novel governance in Canada's mining sector; Indigenous communities, energy transitions, and carbon management; and agri-environmental stewardship in highly productive landscapes.  Looking for students to begin fall 2020.

Social and Spatial Dimensions of Energy Transition

Graduate research opportunity with Kirby Calvert.  (PDF file)

Interested candidates should email Dr. Kirby Calvert at (email address). If planning to apply, please first provide Dr. Calvert with an unofficial transcript, a writing / research sample, and a resume before submitting an application to the University.

We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic applicants to join the Surface Processes Research Group in the Geography Department at University of Guelph.  At present we are recruiting for 2-3 MSc projects, involving field and lab work, and include opportunities to attend and participate in conferences.  These opportunities offer you the chance to truly get your feet wet and be the researcher in those pictures you've been looking at in lectures throughout your undergrad career.

More information about graduate opportunities and undergraduate research opportunities are listed on my webpage

Students will receive financial support following the policy in the Department of Geography. Research expenses and conference participation will also be covered.

Information on MSc program at the University of Guelph

Application information

We are currently looking for graduate students at the MSc and PhD level, who are enthusiastic about research in climate change, global food security and sustainability, and particularly in our three main research projects, below:

  1. Exploring novel agricultural frontiers (seeking 1-2 PhD students, and 1-2 MSc students);
  2. Human dimensions of the digital agricultural revolution (seeking 1-2 PhD students, and 1-2 MSc students); and
  3. Assessing the impact of climate change on food system diversity in the arid mountains of Nepal (seeking 1-2 MSc students).

More information on these projects is included in the linked pdf file. Students will receive financial support following the policy in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics. Additional support in terms of research expenses and conference participation will also be provided. Interested candidates should send a statement of interest to Dr. Krishna KC ( and Rachel Lee (

Forest Ecology, Climate Change, Wildfire

Please contact me regarding potential graduate student opportunities ( (email address) ). I encourage applications from not only biogeographers, but also individuals with backgrounds in ecology, botany, climatology, forestry, statistics, or other related disciplines.

Political Ecology, Marine Conservation and Resource Management

I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students (MA or PhD) who share my research interests in marine conservation governance and/or the science-policy interface in the context of conservation and environmental governance. Please contact me directly to discuss possible opportunities, including a CV/resume, unofficial transcript, writing sample, and statement of interest.

Funded MA/PhD Opportunity: Global Biodiversity Targets and Indigenous-led Conservation

I seek a student to join a long-term project examining knowledge politics in relation to global biodiversity conservation.  In particular, I am looking for a student who is interested in the intersection between Global Biodiversity Targets (especially for protected areas, “other effective area-based conservation measures”, and Indigenous knowledge) and national and local Indigenous-led conservation efforts. Applicants should have strong oral and written communication skills and hold (or be near completing) an undergraduate and/or Masters degree in Geography or a related social science (Anthropology, Political Science, International Development, Environmental Studies, etc). *I particularly welcome inquiries for this project from students who identify as Indigenous.

Students will receive full financial support.  Additional funding is also available to cover some research expenses, including research at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Fall 2020 (in China).

For more information about this opportunity please contact Dr. Noella Gray at, ideally before submitting a formal application

Ethical Consumption, International Development, Feminist Perspectives

I am actively seeking Masters students for next fall. Applicants with an interest in: ethical consumption, feminist theory, critical development studies, and/or the politics of philanthropy are encouraged to apply. Students will receive financial support following the policy in the Department of Geography. Research expenses will also be covered. Funded student research projects may include:

  1. Investigating how ethical consumption campaigns (e.g. Product RED, Toms Shoes) play out on the ground through international development projects
  2. Analyzing the use of social media by corporations and NGOs to share stories of 'development' with North American audiences
  3. Researching the gendered dynamics of sustainable consumption decisions

Please note that this MA degree in geography can also be combined with the collaborative MA in international development. Looking for students to begin fall 2020.

GIS, Geomorphometry, LiDAR Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis, Hydrology

Prof. John Lindsay is looking for 1-2 new Masters students to join the Geomorphometry and Hydrogeomatics Research Group (GHRG) in Fall 2020. These fully-funded students will take on a research project related to the broad range of geomorphometry (digital terrain analysis), spatial hydrology, and LiDAR remote sensing topics actively studied within the GHRG. Specifically, Prof. Lindsay is looking for students to work on projects related to improving information extracted from the newly acquired Ontario LiDAR topographic data sets. Application areas include predictive soils mapping, soil organic carbon, and the study of accessibility in urban areas. Like all graduate members of the GHRG, the incoming students will be involved in the application and development of novel techniques for handling these data in spatial hydrological applications. GHRG students are provided advanced training in GIS and geomatics more broadly and have opportunity to gain experience with terrain mapping equipment, LiDAR data, and spatial analysis software (GIS and remote sensing). Interested applicants are encouraged to email Prof. Lindsay ( with a statement of interest and experience and an unofficial transcript.



One Masters Positions Available in the People, Plants and Policy Lab at the University of Guelph, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics with Dr. Faisal Moola.

I am currently recruiting a Masters student (MA or MSc) to join my research group, that is focused on bio-cultural approaches to conservation and forest management with Indigenous Nations. I encourage interested applicants to contact me with a copy of their curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement of research interest and sample of writing. The positions are fully funded.

The successful applicant is expected to enrol at the University of Guelph for the fall 2020 term. Details on University of Guelph’s graduate program at the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics.

Research Area: Bio-cultural knowledge and conservation of plant communities in north-central Newfoundland

Plants have always played a significant role in the cultural fabric of Indigenous people living in Newfoundland and Labrador. Food and beverage plants provide significant nutritional benefits and the knowledge of plant medicines continue to be important in the holistic healing practices of local communities. First Nations in the boreal have developed sophisticated systems of horticulture, such as the management of fire, which has been encoded in indigenous peoples’ languages and has been passed on through stories and place names. This type of detailed information on the ecological and cultural importance of berry-producing shrubs and other ethnobotanicals is important in the management of bio-cultural resources in parks and protected areas. Ethnobotanicals also offer great potential as bio-cultural indicators for achieving ecological integrity and other objectives in the management of parks and protected areas. The project will be developed in partnership with Indigenous partners and Parks Canada. The project includes the participation of Dr. Hannah Harrison who is an environmental ethnographer and conservation social scientist with expertise in qualitative and ethnographic approaches to biosocial research on changing land and waterscapes.

Potential Projects:

  1. To investigate the importance of heathland and other plants as bio-cultural resources in north-central Newfoundland.
  2. To investigate the role of fire, insect outbreak and other types of disturbance on plants that are of particular cultural significance to First Nations and local communities in and around Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland.
  3. To integrate traditional ecological knowledge with western science in the development of management activities that can be employed to promote bio-cultural species, such as enhancing berry yields for wildlife and local visitors to Terra Nova National Park.