Dr. Christy Morrissey teaches bird banding during the SENS Field Course.

"The faculty in SENS spend a huge amount of effort to develop ways of teaching that are innovative, novel, and that have meaning and impact for students." - Dr. Christy Morrissey, SENS assistant professor. 

At SENS, students collaborate with outstanding faculty from a variety of backgrounds, including hydrology, economics, sociology, geography, biology, engineering, soil science, toxicology and education. Our large and diverse community of core, adjunct and associate faculty means that students find the right supervisor for their research and project interests.

SENS faculty work jointly, but from disciplinary and specific fields, to collaborate and integrate the analytical strength of two or more disciplines to address common problems. Our version of interdisciplinarity is primarily methodological and charismatic. Similar disciplines and fields of study (e.g. water sciences, toxicology/biology, social sciences) tend to work together in highly organized projects. We also have individuals leading projects across a broad range of fields of study in more loosely organized domains. SENS faculty believe that by practicing this type of interdisciplinarity they learn new methodologies, integrate concepts from other disciplines, can better convey information about a problem to others, and make lasting partnerships with people outside the U of S and the world of academia. 

Benefits of Supervising Grad Students in SENS

Core Faculty

MJ Barrett
(306) 966-2131
Environmental education; human-nature relations; intuitive human-animal communication; ways of knowing; intuitive, Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies; healing the human-nature divide; discourse: ecopsychology: threshold concepts and transformative learning.

Helen Baulch
(306) 966-2549
Water quality; aquatic ecology; global change; biogeochemical cycles; greenhouse gas emissions; eutrophication; algal blooms; climate change

Douglas A. Clark
(306) 966-5405
Indigenous co-management of resources and ecosystems; polar bear-human conflicts; wildlife and protected area management under conditions of rapid social-ecological change; environmental governance and policy processes

Irena Creed
(306) 966-8431
Ecosystem Science; Ecosystem Services; Global Change

Markus Hecker
(306) 966-5233
Investigation of biological effects of environmental stressors; environmental risk assessment; aquatic ecology/fish biology; development and application of bioanalytical techniques to assess environmental pollution

Andrew Ireson
(306) 966-8020
Modelling flow and transport in the hydrological cycle; methods to improve collection, analysis, and interpretation of integrated hydrological data; hydrological change in northern latitudes; groundwater resource management; groundwater quality and sustainable development of natural resources; Integrated hydrological-epidemiological research

Tim Jardine
(306) 966-4158
River deltas as complex social-ecological systems; contaminant biomagnification in aquatic ecosystems; land-water and river-ocean connectivity; tropical floodplain hydrology and ecology; freshwater food webs; applications of stable isotope analysis in ecology

Paul Jones
(306) 966-5062
Analytical and environmental chemistry and toxicology; fate and effects of trace substances in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems; aquatic and wildlife toxicology; ecological risk assessment; human impacts on northern Canadian ecosystems and subsistence food resources

Vladimir Kricsfalusy
(306) 966-6642
Conservation biology; population biology and ecology; community ecology; restoration ecology; taxonomy

Colin Laroque
(306) 966-2493
(306) 966-6881

Yanping Li
(306) 966-2793
Regional climate modelling; mesoscale dynamics; boundary layer meteorology; air-sea interaction

Karsten Liber
(306) 966-7444
Metal bioavailability and toxicity in aquatic ecosystems; mining impacts on aquatic ecosystems; water quality assessments; pesticide ecotoxicology

Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt
(306) 966-6174
Surface water quality modelling; river ice processes; climate change and river morphology; flood and flood risk management

Philip Loring
(306) 966-1617
Food systems and security; fisheries; local food movements; environmental justice; climatic and environmental change; indigenous cultures

Jeffrey McDonnell
Telephone: (306) 966-8529
Watershed hydrology; runoff processes and modelling; isotope hydrology; hydrological theory

Christy Morrissey
(306) 966-4433
Avian ecology and wildlife ecotoxicology; effect of pollution stressors (pesticides, endocrine disruptors, industrial and urban pollutants) on insects, birds and aquatic ecosystems; understanding the effects of chemicals on whole life cycles of birds; freshwater ecology and pollution

Greg Poelzer
(306) 966-1607
Comparative politics and policy as it relates to northern circumpolar regions and to Aboriginal-state relations, and sustainable development in the north.

Saman Razavi
(306) 966-2923
Hydrologic models development and calibration; environmental and water resources systems planning and management; single- and multi-objective optimization, sensitivity analysis, and uncertainty quantification; climate change and impacts on hydrology and water resources; reconstruction of paleo-hydrology – implications for climate change analysis; surrogate modeling, artificial intelligence, and machine learning

Maureen Reed
(306) 966-5630
Environmental Governance; Sustainability science; Practices of conservation; Sustainability of Rural Communities; Feminist and Gender-based Analysis; Social dimensions of climate change adaptation and resilience; Forestry, Model Forests, Biosphere Reserves, National Parks

James Robson
(306) 966-1017
Collective action in environmental governance; commons; migration-environment-development nexus; local approaches to biodiversity conservation; social-ecological landscape planning; rural development; ethnographic inquiry; Mexico, Latin America, Canada.

David Schneider
(306) 966-3720
NRC 3456
Mathematical, statistical and computational modeling of complex biological and biophysical systems — systems biology and functional genomics; biological sequence analysis; comparative genomics of bacteria; structure-function relations in plant roots; genotype-phenotype relations in crop plants; dynamics of large-scale outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Toddi Steelman
Environmental and natural resource governance; public and community decision-making; the interface between science, policy and decision-making; climate change adaptation; disaster-resilient communities; risk and crisis communication; wildfire preparedness

Graham Strickert
(306) 966-2403
Human dimensions of water security.

Andrew Watson
(306) 966-2508
Arts 822
Environmental History; Energy History; Canadian History; Sustainability; Agroecosystems; Commodities

Howard Wheater
(306) 966-1990
Hydrological processes and modelling, with applications to the management of flood risk, water resources, water quality, wastes and climate change adaptation; socio-hydrology

Colin Whitfield
Catchment hydrochemistry; Ecosystem biogeochemistry; Climate change; Acidification; Mineral weathering; Biogenic greenhouse gas emissions; biogeochemical modelling; response to stressors

Associate Faculty

Angela Bedard-Haughn
Applied pedology; soils and global change (climate change, land use change); greenhouse gas emissions; wetland soils

Ken Belcher
Ecological economics; Resource and environmental economics; Environmental policy; Wetland and wildlife conservation policy.

Scott Bell
Cognitive science (in relation to geography, psychology and education); geographic information science

Lalita Bharadwaj
Community-based participatory research; partnering with Indigenous communities; First Nations water quality and health; human and environmental health risk assessment

Ryan Brook
Aboriginal land management; wildlife conservation and management; disease ecology; protected areas; linking local and traditional knowledge with science; human-wildlife conflicts; youth experiential education; vegetation-permafrost interactions

Rachel Engler-Stringer
Food systems; community food security; health promotion

James J. Germida

Michael Gertler
Rural sociology; community; environmental sociology; agriculture; co-operatives; sustainable development

Jill Gunn
Strategic environmental assessment; cumulative effects assessment; natural resources management; urban-regional development issues; environmental management and urban planning theory and frameworks

Suren Kulshreshtha
Climate change; greenhouse gas emission mitigation; drought economic impact assessment; integrated assessment; water resources and irrigation; environmental valuation

Marcia McKenzie
Place, environment and sustainability; social justice; globalization; educational policy and practice

David Natcher
Aboriginal land management; natural resource management; traditional ecological knowledge (TEK); human and political ecology; applied and environmental anthropology; social forestry; common-property theory

Mehdi Nemati
Environmental bioengineering with particular emphasis on application of biochemical engineering principles to solve environmental and processing problems in mining and petroleum industries

Catherine Niu
Adsorption, biosorption, water/wastewater treatment, adsorption kinetics and equilibrium, adsorption modelling.

Bram Noble
Environmental assessment; environmental planning and management; mineral and energy resource development; environmental policy and decision-making; cumulative effects assessment

Robert Patrick
Water policy and governance; source water protection; watershed planning; sustainable communities; Aboriginal access to safe drinking water; urban and regional planning

Derek Peak
(306) 966-6806
Soil science.

Jeremy Rayner
policy analysis, resource policy, energy policy, multi-level governance, public engagement

Jafar Soltan
Environmental engineering; environmental catalysis; treatment of polluted air; treatment of emerging pollutants in water; wastewater treatment

Ryan Walker
Urban planning; urban design; urban geography; comparative urban Indigenous studies in Canada, New Zealand and Australia; housing studies; multi-level governance and urban policy; First Nation community planning; citizenship theory; housing for people with serious mental illness

Clinton Westman
Environmental anthropology; anthropology of religion; research in indigenous communities; social impact assessment; energy

Chelsea Willness
Business sustainability; corporate social responsibility; organizational reputation; recruitment; stakeholder attraction (eg, job applicants, consumers); impression management; community service learning

Adjunct Faculty

Solomon Amuno
Contaminant biomonitoring in arctic ecosystems; environmental quality assessment in polar environments; natural resource development in the Canadian high arctic;aboriginal communities and environmental impact assessment in Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Greenland.

Glenn Benoy
Boundary waters; environmental science; integrated water resources management; limnology; science diplomacy; transboundary watersheds; water quality modelling

Murray Bentham
GHG emissions inventory; agroforestry; agri-environmental indicators

Alex Bond
Stable isotopes, demography, invasive species, seabirds, mercury, conservation, wildlife management

Steve Chapra
Water Quality Modeling, Numerical Methods, Advanced Computer Applications in Environmental Engineering

Kwok Pan Chun
Earth systems, Hydrology and Climatology, Numerical modelling, Statistical methods and stochastic processes, Environmental hazards and disasters, Global changes

John Mark Davies
Water quality; aquatic nutrient dynamics; eutrophication; cyanotoxins; saline lakes; primary productivity; land-use water quality linkages; lake and reservoir management

Jean-Michel Devink
wildlife, ecology, toxicology, environmental assessment, environmental effects monitoring, landscape ecology, land-use change

Monique Haakensen
Environmental microbiology; cleantech; biogeochemistry; microbial ecology (including metagenomics); bioremediation; biomining; bioinformatics; integrative research

Andrew Harwood
Fish ecology; effects of resource development and climate change on aquatic ecosystems; instream flow; integrated water resource management; environmental monitoring; biodiversity in aquatic ecosystems; fish habitat compensation

Allison Henderson
Grassland ecology, prairie conservation, human dimensions of wildlife management, conservation planning

Scott Higgins
Freshwater Ecology, Limnology, Algal Ecology, Climate change effects, Eutrophication, Ecosystem ecology,

Michael Hill
Wetlands; watershed planning; landscape ecology; wetland restoration; waterfowl ecology; ecological goods and services

Keith Hobson
Avian conservation and ecology; animal migration; foodweb dynamics; nutrient flux; stable isotopes (methods, development and applications)

Mark Johnston
Sustainable forest management; forest ecosystem modeling; climate change and forest management; forest carbon management; agroforestry; forest governance models; community forestry in developing countries

Naveed Khaliq
climate modelling; drought research

Kenji Kitamura
Integrated local environmental knowledge; protected areas; common property regime; participatory learning and action

Gun Lidestav
Family forestry and cooperatives, community forestry and forest commons, gender analysis, rural development.

Murray MacKay
Climate adaptation; climate change and processes; climate modelling; Great Lakes; water quantity

Merle Massie
Local, rural and environmental history;

Rory McIntosh
Chemical and behavioural forest insect ecology, Forest pest management; Mountain pine beetle ecology and management; Pest management; Spruce budworm ecology and management; Strategic planning; Policy development; Urban forest pest management

Ali Nazemi
Water security, Human-water systems, Vulnerability to climate change, Mathematical modeling, Stochastic and statistical methods, Sustainability in cold regions

Rebecca North
Aquatic biogeochemistry; water quality; climate change; eutrophication issues; landscape modification; invasive species; phytoplankton physiology and ecology; winter limnology; cold regions; Great Lakes of the world; oil sands; end pit lakes

Hans Peterson
Drinking water and wastewater treatment; surface and groundwater; water treatment evaluations

Tetsu Sato
Local Environmental Studies; Conservation Ecology

Jeffrey Sereda
Fish ecology; water quality; aquatic biogeochemistry; impacts of ultraviolet radiation on aquatic ecosystems; aquatic microbial ecology

George Sherk
Law; Environmental and natural resources law and policy; environmental management and environmental health

Garth van der Kamp
Groundwater-surface interactions; groundwater resource evaluation; groundwater flow and solute transport; hydrology of wetlands

Elaine Wheaton
Climate change impacts, adaptations, hazards, and vulnerability; drought; water resources