Student Members

The following table lists graduate and undergraduate student members of the Global Institute for Water Security. Interested in becoming a student member? Visit our Membership page for more information. 

*Students listed here may or may not be receiving funding through the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security. 

NameDepartment/SchoolOfficeTelephoneEmail
Oghenemise AbirhireDepartment of BiologyBiology 305oga277@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Education: BSc (botany), 2006, University of Benin, Nigeria.

Experience: Research assistant, University of Agriculture, Nigeria; graduate assistant, University of Benin, Nigeria.

Under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Hudson (Department of Biology), Ogehnemise's graduate work will focus on phytoplankton assemblage, cyanobacterial blooms and cyanotoxins in Lake Diefenbaker.

Research interests:

  • Algae
  • Composition
  • Abundance
  • Biovolume
  • Species richness
  • Species evenness
Adedoyinsola AdesokanSchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hall 307ada477@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSEM

Thesis Description:


Adedoyinsola's primary research interest involves assessing the sustainability of extractive industries (such as mining and drilling) and how they can use land/water resources with minimal contamination, and how previously contaminated resources can be remediated using economical, innovative systems. 

Education:

  • MSc, Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham
  • BSc, Mining Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria

Research keywords:

  • Sustainable water use in extractive industries
  • Remediation
  • Policy development
  • Safe drinking water supply
Hafiz AhmedDepartment of Chemical and Biological EngineeringEngineering 1A26(306) 966-5434hfa554@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc, Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering

Thesis Description:


After completing his BSc (agricultural engineering) in 2009, Hafiz worked in water management in Pakistan's agriculture department. He is currently a member of the Pakistan Engineering Council.

His graduate research focuses on determining the feasibility of a stochastic model for design and management of solar-powered pivot irrigation system in Saskatchewan, and possibly developing such a system.

Research interests:

  • Integrated water resource management
  • Agricultural water management
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Watewater treatment
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Contaminant transport in groundwater
Nikolas AksamitCentre for HydrologyKirk Hall 13(306) 966-5619n.aksamit@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhS

Thesis Description:


Born in Idaho, Nikolas received his master's in Mathematics at the University of Utah and is currently completing his doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. John Pomeroy. Specifically, he is working on modelling blowing snow in the Alpine terrain. 

Mahmud AminDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringEngineering 1C60(306) 966-5352mahmud.amin@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Mahmud completed his BSC in civil engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2009. In addition to consultancy, he has also worked as an environemntal engineer and pipe network modeler for several organizations in Bangladesh. 

His current master's research looks at stress and flow inside scour holes.

Research keywords:

  • Hydraulics
  • Scour
  • Erosion
  • Sediment transport
Mike AmosDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringAnimal Science 207mja210@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Mike holds undergraduate degrees in civil engineering and forest resources management. He has research experience in hydrotechnical and geotechnical engineering, as well as work experience in geotechnical engineering.

His graduate research looks at measurement of groundwater content in-site, specifically for reclamation activities near Fort McMurray.

Research interests:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Surface water movement

 

James ArmstrongDepartment of BiologyBiology 306jsa499@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


M.Sc. Biology (Parasitology)

Thesis Title:


Comparing the mitochondrial genome of bedbugs with other heteropteran insects.

Thesis Description:


Education:

  • Diploma, Graphic Design
  • BA, Philosophy
  • B.Sc., Biology

Experience:

  • Assistant Curator, University of Saskatchewan Insect Collection
  • Technician, molecular parasitology laboratory
  • Member, U of S Biology Club

Research interests:

  • Aquatic parasites
  • Insects
  • Bedbugs
  • Invertebrates
  • Chironomidae
Bennet AwumeSchool of Environment and Sustainabilitybma875@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSEM

Thesis Description:


Bennet previously completed a BSc in environmental science in Ghana. 

His current research involves seware discharge methods. He is also interested in hydrological processes, water modelling, and water quality issues in the petroleum and mining industries. 

Research keywords: 

  • Water quality
  • Modelling
  • Hydrological processes
  • Contamination
  • Petroleum mining
Thomas BaerDepartment of Civil and Geological Engineeringtjb306@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


M.Sc., Civil Engineering

Thesis Title:


Creating an isotope catalogue of an oil sands mine site and using isotope signatures to track water movement (recharge and discharge) at the site.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc., Environmental Engineering

Experience: Saskatchewan Watershed Authority; Cameco's Key Lake Dewatering Division

Research interests:

  • Water budgeting
  • Treatment and tracking of water
  • Contaminant transport
  • Isotopes
  • Water balances and management
Edward BamSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1337(306) 975-6996e.bam@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Edward completed his master's degree in nuclear chemistry at the University of Ghana. He previously worked as a research scientist on groundwater in an isotope hydrology laboratory at Ghana's Atomic Energy Commission. His memberships include the Ghana Nuclear Society and the Ghana Chemical Society.

His graduate research will focus on assessing the sustainability of groundwater resources in rural Ghana.

Research interests:

  • Groundwater
  • Isotopes
  • Recharge
  • Water quality
  • Numerical modelling
  • Climate change
Shawn BeitelToxicology Centre(306) 966-4557scb839@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Science

Thesis Description:


Shawn holds a B.Sc. with high honours from the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He majored in Toxicology and following the degree, was employed as a lab technician with the Toxicology Centre. Shawn is currently pursuing his master of science in toxicology and is identifying and classifying chemicals found in Swift Current Creek water and in City of Saskatoon storm water run-off. Certain research methods will be used to classify whether the compounds are of environmental concern. 

Shawn's research intersts include identifying sensitivity of North American native fish species to endocrine disrupting chemicals, as exposure these compounds can have significant impacts on wild fish populations. He is also interest in characterizing contamination of prairie water bodies using bioassay directed analysis, as fish and other aquatic life may be exposed to these contaminants in Saskatchewan streams, rivers and lakes. 

 

Research keywords

  • Biochemical and molecular toxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
Samantha BihunDepartment of Biologysjb560@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Biology

Thesis Description:


Samantha is originally from Prince Albert and is currently studying Biology at the U of S. Previous experience includes working in the environmental department at a uranium mine. 
Rosa BrannenSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1214rosa.brannen@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MES

Thesis Title:


Relative roles of surface and subsurface storage in controlling steamflow in prairie basins.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geography with a specialization in Water Science, University of Saskatchewan

Experience: Research Assistant, GIWS, 2011-12; Research Assistant, Centre for Hydrology, 2011; member, Canadian Association of Geographers

Research interests:

  • Prairie hydrology
  • Wetlands
  • Groundwater
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable water management
Robyn BrownDepartment of Biologyrdb258@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Biology

Thesis Description:


Robyn started her studies at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. In the summer of 2012, she worked as a research assistant at the Aurora Research Institute in Fort Smith, NWT and attended meetings relating to water quality issues and a proposed biomonitoring project on the Slave River. 

Originally from Forth Smith, Robyn is interested is how local knowledge and western science can cooperate to help guide future research, specifically near the Slave River Delta. 

Kristin BruceJohnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public PolicyNHRC 1337(306) 975-6996kristin.bruce@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Thesis Title:


Looking at potential differences in water security perspectives between stakeholders and scientists for the South Saskatchewan River Basin.

Thesis Description:


Education: BA (Psychology), University of Saskatchewan

Experience: Currently employed by Agriulture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as a research affiliate working on joint projects with GIWS and AAFC.

 

Research interests:

  • Perspectives
  • Governance
  • Boundary organizations
  • Facilitating science to policy
Astri BuchananSchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hall 334amb475@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MES

Thesis Title:


Effects of gendering on Swedish reindeer herding practicesand the ability to efficiently cooperate with forest managers during the annual herding process.

Thesis Description:


Education: BA (Hons,) Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

Experience: served as the Coordinator for the EcoHawks Environmental Awareness Organization (2009-10)

Research interests:

  • Gender
  • Reindeer
  • Swedish reindeer herders
  • Forestry
Amanda BurkeSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1022(306) 966-7797akb051@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Environment and Sustainability

Thesis Description:


Amanda received a B.Sc. Honours in Land Use and Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008. Following that, she was employed at the Meewasin Valley Authority as a GIS mapping technician from 2008 - 2011. She is currently working towards her masters in environment and sustainability under the supervision of Howard Wheater. She is also the environmental projects coordinator for the South Saskatchewan River Watershed Stewards. Her graduate research focus is watershed cumulative impacts/effect assessment and water quality in the South Saskatchewan River Basin.

Amanda holds memberships with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Eco Canada and the Saskatchewan Environmental Industry and Managers Association. 

Research keywords:

  • Watershed cumulative impacts/effects assessment
  • Governance
  • Policy
  • Best management practices
  • Source water protection
David BurlockDepartment of Biologydrb217@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Environmental Biology

Thesis Description:


David is completing his undergraduate degree in environmental biology with a major in political studies. He is a member of the U of S Biology Club and also volunteers his time with the U of S Blood Club. 

He is interested in pursuing graduate study in hydrology. 

Meghan CarrSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1022(306) 966-7797meghan.carr@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES)

Thesis Title:


Using a geomorphic response unit model to research links between fluvial geomorphology and lake sturgeon habitats in the Saskatchewan river system.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc. (Biology), University of Saskatchewan

Research interests:

  • Sustainable resource development
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Hydro-geomorphology
  • Stewardship
  • Ichthyology
Rocky ChowdhuryDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringEngineering 1C60(306) 966-5352roc159@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Rocky's graduate research is based on the investigation of flow pattern and assessment of the hydraulic performance of retention pond through physical model studies. 

Education:

  • BSc, Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 2009

Professional experience: 
May 2009-April 2013

  • Junior Engineer, Institute of Water Modelling; Dhaka, Bangladesh
    • Developed numerical mdoels of Dhaka water distribution systems and design of the system for the next 20 years
    • Calibration of the system after installation of new network (or rehabilitation of existing network)
    • Introduced district metered areas for better O&M sustainability

Research interests:

  • Hydraulics
  • Hydrology
  • Integrated Water Resource Management
Anna ColesSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1022(306) 966-7797anna.coles@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD, Environment and Sustainability

Thesis Description:


Anna holds a BSc (Geography) and MSc (Risk and Environmental Hazards, specializing in flood risk at Yorkshire catchments), both from Durham University, UK.

 

Research interests:

  • Hydrological connectivity
  • Runoff generation
  • Flooding
  • Land management impacts
Cody DavidDepartment of Soil ScienceAgriculture 5C18(306) 966-6306cody.david@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Cody completed his BSc in Biology and Land Use & Environmental Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in 2010, and is currently working towards a master's degree in soil sciences within the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. 

His research focus in on greenhousegas emissions and agricultural cropping systems, specifically investigating and comparing the greenhouse intensity of typical irrigated and dryland crop management in Saskatchewan. 

 

Research keywords:

  • Agriculture
  • Irrigation
  • Food security
  • Climate change
  • Recreation
Brandon DemuthDepartment of BiologyBiology 148brandon.demuth@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Brandon's doctoral research examines stress hormones on fish and their ability to acquire and retain information about predators. 

Research keywords:

  • Stress
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Decision-making
  • Cognition
Yekaterina DobrovolskayaSchool of Environment and SustainabilityAgriculture 5E13(306) 966-6860kathy.d@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Environment and Sustainability

Kathryn DompierreDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringNHRC 1022(306) 966-7797kathryn.dompierre@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Kathryn holds a BSc in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba, and an MSc in environmental policy and regulation from the London School of Economics. In addition, she was an Environmental Manager with SNC-Lavalin Inc. Environment Division from January - December 2011. Her research aims to characterize the constituent chemical loading from mature, fine tailings to the overlying water cap in end pit lakes. End pit lakes are a major part of each oil sand operator's reclamation strategy, but their success as a containment system is still unknown. 

 

Research keywords: 

  • Sustainable water use
  • Oil sands reclamation
Scott DudiakDepartment of Biologyscott.dudiak@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Biology

Thesis Description:


Scott has been involved in a number of biological field work positions as well as with the City of Saskatoon's wetlands management. He has also taken a number of relevant courses at the U of S including Limnology, Hydrology and Watershed Management. 
Stacey DumanskiDepartment of Geography and PlanningKirk Hall 13(306) 966-5619skd578@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Science in Hydrology

Thesis Description:


Stacey graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. in physical geography and a specialty in water science. During that time, she was both the secretary and event planner for the U of S Environmental Studies Student Association. Stacey also worked for Environment Canada's National Hydrology Research Centre for three years as a student and contractor. Her interests are generally focused around changing climates and the effects it has in the prairie region. Her masters research will focus on changes in hydrology in a prairie pothole setting in Smith Creek, Saskatchewan, a research site of the Global Institute for Water Security. Stacey is a graduate student of GIWS member and Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, John Pomeroy. 

 

Research keywords: 

  • Water quality
  • Nutrient limitation
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Algal blooms
Jannatul FerdousDepartment of Chemical and Biological Engineeringjaf968@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Jannatul's research examines the effect of irrigation upon greenhouse gas emission in agriculture. 

Education:

  • MEng, Agricultural Systems and Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology
  • MSc, Irrigation and Water Management, Bangladesh Agricultural University
  • BSc, Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh Agricultural University

Research keywords:

  • Irrigation
  • Crop water requirement
  • Drought
  • Flood and water pollution
Richard FromDepartment of Geological Sciencesrich.from@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc, Geology

Thesis Description:


Rich completed undergraduate studies in Geology. He is a member of the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Horticulture Club and is currently enrolled in a limnogeology class.

His graduate research involves the building event of the Himalayan mountains, which occurred 55 million years ago when India collided with Eurasia. Specifically, he will look at the geological processes from the initiation of continental collison until present.

Research interests:

  • Global freshwater
  • Availability
  • Sea water
  • Mountains
Noel GaluschikSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1022(306) 966-7797noel.galuschik@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MES

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc., Westminster College

Research interests:

  • Global water security
  • Water quality
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Tobacco Creek
Philip GarveyDepartment of Soil Science, College of Agriculture and BioresourcesAgriculture 5E76(306) 966-4293p.garvey@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Philip hold a BSc (Hons) in geology and MSc in Geochemistry. He has worked for the British Geological Survey, and holds memberships with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). 

Research interests:

  • Soil quality
  • Runoff
  • Toxicity
  • Pollution
  • Human health
Josh GibbSchool of Environment and Sustainabilityjosh.gibb@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Title:


Quantifying point or non-point sources of nutrients in Saskatchewan watersheds and how the flow regime affects nutrient inputs and fluxes.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc. (Environmental Biogeoscience) and M.Sc. (Catchment Dynamics and Management), University of Leeds

Research interests:

  • Water quality
  • Nutrients
  • Eutrophication
  • Flow regime
  • Point source
  • Non-point source
Jordan GondaDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringEngineering 2C22(306) 966-5377jmg888@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Jordan completed his BEng in Civil and Geological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and spent 16 months with the City of Saskatoon's Storm Water Group as an intern. He is currently working on his master's degree with the supervision of Howard Wheater and Amir Elshorbagy. 

His research towards modelling water resources in Canada would allow a better understanding of Canada's socio-economic and environmental needs of its water resources. This knowledge will allow better resources to be made in water allocation. 

Raea GoodingSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1022(306) 966-7797rmg916@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Environment and Sustainability

Thesis Title:


Her graduate research focuses on water quality indicators in Tobacco Creek, Manitoba where local farmers are using beneficial management practices to see if this is having an effect on the nutrients entering the watershed.

Thesis Description:


Raea Gooding holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan, where she majored in Agricultural Biology and minored in animal science. Beginning in September 2012, Raea will begin her Masters of Environment and Sustainability, working with assistant professor and GIWS member Helen Baulch. Raea is primarily interested in the impact of agricultural production on the environment and on wildlife populations. Her Master's project will focus on nutrient levels and processes in a stream of Tobacco Creek, Manitoba, at a site where beneficial management practices are being implemented. She is particularly interested in the issue of eutrophication of Lake Winnipeg and elsewhere. Raea is also interested in international development, particularly food and water security, and land and water use by indigenous peoples. 
Phillip HarderDepartment of Geology and PlanningKirk Hall 44(306) 966-1484psh699@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Phillip completed his BSc (Honours) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in 2009. He held several research assistant positions related to hydrological research at the U of S as well as Environment Canada. He also served as the Data Manager for the Drought Research Insistute (DRI) until 2011.

His graduate research focuses on the phase of precipitation and its relation to meteorological conditions in an alpine research basin (Marmot Creek). Development of a physically-based psychrometric relationship to identify phase is planned and the termporal scaling of the relationship is being examined. The relationship will be tested in CRHM to quantify phase identification improvements in hydrologic modelling.

Research interests:

  • Psychrometrics
  • Prairie hydrology
  • Climate change
  • Surface water quality
  • Cold season precipitation
Elmira HassanzadehDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringEngineering 2C22(306) 966-5377elh050@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD, Civil Engineering

Thesis Title:


Developing a water resources system mode for the South Saskatchewan River Basin, which will estimate the impact of climate change on future water availability for various sector (eg, agriculture, hydropower).

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc. (Civil Engineering) and M.Sc. (Hydraulic Structures), University of Tabriz

Research interests:

  • Hydrology
  • Watershed modelling
  • Multi-criteria decision-making
  • System dynamics
Kayla HatzelDepartment of Biologykayla.hatzel@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Biology

Thesis Description:


Kayla is in the final year of her biology undergraduate degree at the U of S. She works part-time at the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education (CCDE) on campus, instructing environmental programming for elementary schools, including the U of S Ecology for Kids summer camps. She is also an active volunteer with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Saskatchewan. 

Kerry HeadDepartment of BiologyBiology 306(306) 966-4450kerry.head@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Kerry received her BSc from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. Shortly after this she began working in GIWS member Jeff Hudson's limnology lab to research her master's degree. She is studying climate change in the South Saskatchewan River Basin in order to better understand the potential impact on fish habitat. The aim of her research project is to develop models that are able to predict flow in the South Saskatchewan River based on climate, and use these to predict the impact on native fish populations. The project hopes to produce a tool that can be used by decision makers to help with the development of long-term conservation strategies. 

 

Research keywords

  • Limnology
  • Fish ecology
  • Water management
Kristian HermannDepartment of Geological SciencesGeology 316kjh267@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc, Geological Sciences

Thesis Description:


Education: BSc, Environmental Science (Geology), 2007, University of Calgary

Kristian's memberships include the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGGA), the International Association of Hydrologists and the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Research interests:

  • Groundwater
  • Hydrogeology
  • Contaminant hydrogeology
  • Aquifer protection
  • Aquitard hydrogeology
Brittney HoemsenDepartment of BiologyBiology 206Abrittney.hoemsen@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


M.Sc.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc. (Hons), University of Saskatchewan, 2009

Following her graduation, Brittney worked as a technician for Saskatchewan Watershed Authority and led an aquatic research team administered by the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

Research focus: I wish to develop ecosystem health metrics applicable to the goods and services offered by streams and rivers in Saskatchewan. Specifically, I would like to develop a fish-forage metric based on stable isotope analysis to determine a stream's ability to support a certain type of fish. I also wish to create a deposited sediment biotic index using benthic macroinvertebrates that is applicable to streams in Saskatchewan.

Research interests:

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Ecosystem health
  • Benthic macroinvertebrates
  • Sediment pollution
Nicholas HowittSchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hall 300neh530@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSEM

Thesis Description:


Nicholas completed his his BSc at the University of Western Ontario, majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Resource Management and Watershed Processes. 

Previously, he has worked for Terrafix Environmental Technology, specializing in contaminant solutions for irrigation ponds, landfills and sewage lagoons.

 

Research interests:

  • Wetlands
  • Macroinvertebrates as indicators
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Leachate control
James HueserDepartment of Geological Sciencesjmh159@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Geology

Thesis Description:


James is interested in hydrology and groundwater hydrology and is completing his BSc in geology (with a minor in water science) at the U of S.

Kristine HunterDepartment of BiologyBiology 305(306) 966-4450kristine.hunter@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Science

Thesis Description:


Kristine received her honours degree in biology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. She is currently a graduate student researching nutrient concentrations and limitation in Lake Diefenbaker and is part of Jeff Hudson's Global Institute for Water Security-funded research team. She is looking at areas that are potentially being affected by anthropogenic activities within the lake as well as the nutrient condition of the entire reservoir. Her study is being conducted over two years, with five months of sampling each year. 

 

Research keywords:

  • Water quality
  • Nutrient limitation
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Algal blooms
Syed Hamza Ahmed JafriSchool of Public HealthHealth Sciences Building, 107 Wiggins Roadsya580@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Public Health

Thesis Title:


How policy affects the equitable distribution and control of water in individual nations, how this can potentially lead to a system where all nations are accountable for their share of water, and where discussion and collaborations (rather than conflict and war) are used as methods for resolving water disputes.

Thesis Description:


Experience: One year of general dentistry practice in Pakistan; Editorial Assistant for the Journal of the Pakistan Dental Association (JPDA).

Research interests:

  • Policy
  • Equiity
  • Threats
  • Management
  • Accountability
  • Global warming
Jess JohanssonDepartment of BiologyBiology 307jessica.johansson@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc, Biology (Limnology)

Thesis Description:


Jess completed her BSc at the University of Guelph. She completed field courses at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (New Brunswick) and conducted research on freshwater mussel conservation in Ontario.

Research interests:

  • Nutrient loadings
  • Water quality
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Science communications
Jeffrey KardasCollege of Arts and Science jmk151@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Bachelor of Science - Environmental Earth Science

Thesis Description:


Jeffrey is in the final year of his environmental earth science undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan. He will be spending the winter semester of 2012 studying abroad in Norway and hopes to take some of the unique hydrology courses they offer. Jeffrey spent the summer of 2012 working for GIWS member, Cherie Westbrook, at the Sibbald Creek research site. Following graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in environmental remediation. 
Jeffrey KardasDepartment of Geologyjmk151@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Environmental Earth Sciences

Thesis Description:


Jeffrey is in his final year of his EES degree. He spent his second semester of the term in Norway, participating in a unique study abroad program. 

He has previously worked with Dr. Cherie Westbrook in Kananaskis for a summer. 

Research keywords:

  • Hydrology
  • Soil science
  • Environmental remediation
Meghan KellySchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hall 308mak492@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Sustainable Environmental Management (MSEM)

Thesis Title:


Focusing on the impacts of human disturbance on vegetation and wildlife in the Northeast Swale.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc. in Biology, University of Alberta

Research interests:

  • Wetland ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Human impacts
Mohamadmahdi (Cameron) KowsariDepartment of Chemical and Biological EngineeringEngineering 1C138cameron.kowsari@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Title:


Adsorption of Emerging Pollutants on Granular Activated Carbon

Thesis Description:


Cameron is working towards his master's degree in chemical engineering. His research focuses on tertiary and secondary wastewater treatment and pollution control, specifically on adsorption process kinetic modelling.

Research interests:

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Reclamation
  • Ozonation
  • UV treatment
  • Adsorption
Nicolas LerouxSchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hallnicolas.leroux@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Nicolas completed his engineering degree in fluid mechanics, environmental and water science at École nationale supérieure d'électronique, d'électrotechnique, d'informatique, d'hydraulique et des télécommunications (ENSEEIHT), France. His dictoral research, under the supervision of Dr. John Pomeroy, looks at snowmelt processes -- specifically, solving the energy balance of the surface of snowpacks and looking at the water flow through snowpacks. 

Research interests:

  • Snowmelt
  • Energy balance
  • Snowpack
  • Floods
  • Rain-on-snow
Nils LokkenSchool of Environment and Sustainabilitynal275@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MES

Thesis Title:


Local perspectives of caribou in the Nunavut-Kivalliq region.

Thesis Description:


Nils has education credentials and past experience in the environmental sciences.

Research interests:

  • North Saskatchewan River
  • South Saskatchewan River
Torbjom LokkenDepartment of Renewable Resource Managementtol361@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, RRM

Brett LucasToxicology CentreRoom 153(306) 966-4340btl947@mail.usask.ca

Thesis Description:


Background: 

  • 2007 - 2011: Honours Bachelor of Science Degree, Environmental Biology, University of Guelph
  • 2010 - 2011: Research Assistant, University of Guelph

Research interests: 

  • Toxicology
  • Sediment
  • Diatoms
  • Phosphorus
  • Paleolimnology
  • Chironomids

Lucas comes from an environmental biology background, and is particularly interested in how anthropogenic activities can influence community structure within ecosystems. His current research allows him the opportunity to reconstruct the composition of past diatom and chironomid communities in lake Diefenbaker and interpret observed trends in community composition from an ecotoxicological perspective.

Lucas' research goal is to reconstruct past trends in the nutrient status of Lake Diefenbaker using palelimnological techniques. Based on observations made following his first year of study, his research team hopes to identify sites of toxicological interest and determine whether toxicity can be observed in 10-day whole-sediment toxicity tests using chironomids.

Presentations:

  • B.T. Lucas, K. Liber, P.D. Jones, J.P. Giesy, J. Sereda, L. Bharadwaj, J. Hudson, D.H. De Boer, H.S. Wheater and L.E. Doig. Reconstructing the past environmental conditions of Lake Diefenbaker. Poster presentation. ATW, Winnipeg, MN, Canada. October 2nd to 5th, 2011. 
Fatemeh MadaeniDepartment of Civil and Geological Engineering(306) 966-5377f.madaeni@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Fatemeh received her MSc in water systems technology at Stockholm's University of KTH. 

Research keywords:

  • Surface hydrology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Numerical modelling
  • Hydraulic engineering 
Fazilatun (Nessa) MahmoodDepartment of Geological SciencesGeology 19(306) 966-7114fam651@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Nessa completed both bachelor's and master's degrees in geology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Her graduate work focuses on nitrate contamination in the Battersea drainage basin.

Research interests:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry
  • Agro-contaminants
Moges MamoDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringNHRC 1337(306) 975-6996mtm158@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Title:


Implementation of a semi-distributed hydrological model in a boreal forest watershed

Thesis Description:


Education: BSc, Civil Engineering

Research keywords:

  • Water
  • Scarcity
  • Availability
  • Accessibility
  • Security
  • Global population increase
Anita MasseToxicology CentreToxicology Building 207(306) 966-4147ajm757@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Anita completed her undergraduate degree in toxicology at the U of S. She is working on her master's degree under the supervision of Dr. David Janz. 

The focus of her research assesses the reproductive and developmental toxicities in a model amphibian species (Xenopus laevis) exposed to elevated levels of selenium in their diet. 

Research keywords:

  • Ecology
  • Toxicology
  • Environmental contamination
  • Water quality
  • Selenium
Badrul MasudSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1337mbm806@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD, Environment and Sustainability

Thesis Description:


Badrul holds MSc (Irrigation and Water Managment) and MEng (Agricultural Systems and Engineering) degrees from Bangladesh Agricultural University and the Asian Institute of Technology, respectively. He is a member of the Institute of Engineers in Bangladesh.

His doctoral research is on the dynamical downscaling of climate data and drought analysis over the Canadian prairies.

Research interests:

  • Extreme climates
  • Droughts
  • Downscaling
  • Climate change
  • Hydroclimatology
Balew MekonnenDepartment of Civil and Geological Engineering(306) 966-5352baa827@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Balew has an MSc in Water Resources Engineering with a special focus on GIS base hydrological modelling.

His graduate work involves developing a methodology to assess flow and pollutant loadings in Saskatchewan watersheds.

Research interests:

  • Water quantity
  • Point and non-point source pollutants
  • Management practices
Jason MercerDepartment of Geography and PlanningKirk Hall 44(306) 261-6844jason.mercer@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Jason completed his BSc in Natural Resources Management (minor in Economics) from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has approximately 12 years of field biology and ecology experience with a more recent emphasis on wetlands and hydrology. 

His master's research looks at groundwater-surface water interactions of high elevation wetlands and the resilience of these systems in the face of changes in hydrologic regime. 

Research interests:

  • Ecohydrology
  • Groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Wetlands
Alasdair MorrisonDepartment of Geography and Planningadm085@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


M.Sc. (Geography)

Thesis Title:


Investigating the evidence for beaver as a soil-forming agent in peatlands throughout the holocene.

Thesis Description:


Research interests:

  • Peat
  • Wetlands
  • Beaver
  • Ground Penetrating Radar
  • Soil/water/fauna interaction
Liam MulhallSchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hall 307lmm107@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSEM

Thesis Description:


Liam holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has previous experience as an agricultural banking advisor. He is completing his MSEM under the supervision of Dr. Helen Baulch.

Research interests:

  • Sustainability
  • Economic development
  • Biodiversity
  • Policy
  • Populations
Toomas ParrattCivil and Geological Engineeringt.parratt@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Ph.D.

Thesis Title:


Modelling natural and reclaimed watersheds in Alberta's Boreal Plain. Determining any relationships between terrain and wetlands and their impacts on water quality.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Eng., McMaster; M.Sc. (Forestry), Lakehead University

Currently employed as a Senior Staff Engineer with S.S. Papadopulos & Associates, an environmental and water resources consulting firm.

Research interests:

  • Terrain analysis
  • Ground/surfact water coupling
  • Wetlands
  • Ecohydrology
  • Reclamation
Diana PaytonJohnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public PolicyNHRC 1337(306) 975-6996di.payton@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Thesis Description:


Research interests:

  • Policy
  • Economy
  • Rights
  • Governance
  • Government
  • Political philosophy

Research focus: Commodification and commons in the Saskatchewan River Basin - how society organizes for/around water and what this says about our fundamental political beliefs, values and environmental attitudes

Education: BA (Hons) in Early Modern Studies & Classics, University of King's College/Dalhousie University, 2004

Tom PerryDepartment of Biologytom.perry@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Biology

Thesis Description:


Tom previously worked with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Fisheries department from 2008-11. In this role, he helped assess lake health and fish population status trhoughout the province.

He currently works in the Department of Biology's limnology lab as a field technician while he completes his undergraduate degree.

Amber PetersonDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringEngineering 1A26amber.peterson@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


M.Sc., Civil Engineering

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc., Environmental Engineering

Research interests:

  • Hydrological processes
  • Soil moisture instrumentation
  • Soil moisture scaling
Iain PhillipsDepartment of Biology101-108 Research Place(306) 933-7474idp423@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Ph.D.

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc., University of Regina (2004); M.Sc., University of Alberta (2006)

Experience: Currently an Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Ecologist for the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority. Interested in developing an aquatic ecosystem health measure for the province of Saskatchewan. This work forms the basis of my Ph.D. thesis,

Research interests:

  • Aquatic ecosystem health
  • Aquatic entomology
  • Surface water protection
Chance PrestieDepartment of BiologyBiology 305(306) 966-4450chance.prestie@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Chance's research focuses on the degree to which wild fish populations in Lake Diefenbaker are subsidizing their diets with waste products from the aquaculture facility located within the reservoir.

 

Research interests:

  • Fish
  • Stable isotopes
  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries ecology
  • Aquatic invertebrates
Nargiz RahimovaSchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hall 310nar447@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Title:


Market-based instruments to allocate water resources (quantity and quality) in southern Alberta

Thesis Description:


Nargiz holds a BA in geography and an MSc in infrastructure management. She has worked as an environmental consultant and has an interest in international development and environmental policies. 

Research interests:

  • Water governance
  • Institutions
Kabir RasouliDepartment of Geography and PlanningKirk Hall 44kabir.rasouli@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Education:

  • double master's degrees in hydrology and atmospheric science from The University of British Columbia

Kabir's research focus involves climate change sensitivity analysis on snow hydrology.

Jennifer RosteDepartment of Geography and PlanningKirk Hall 13(306) 966-7797jen.roste@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Jennifer's master's research looks at the movement of nutrients (nitrous and phosphorus) off of agricultural landscapes into receiving water. This investigation is being done using the CRHM model (Cold Regions Hydrological Model).

 

Research keywords:

  • Safe water
  • Recreational and industrial use
Azam SadeghiDepartment of Chemical and Biological EngineeringEngineering 1C117azs162@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Azam completed his BSc in applied chemistry at the Islamic Azad University and an MSc at Sharif University of Technology, both in Tehran, Iran. He has work experience at the Research Institute of Petroleum and Oil Industry, also in Tehran. 

His research in the College of Engineering studies the effects of catalysts during the ozonation in removing contaminants from water. 

Research interests:

  • Analysis of heat
  • Mass transfer from an air-water interface
  • Thermal
  • Pollution
Amir SadeghianSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1337(306) 975-6996ams892@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Amir holds a B.S. in irrigation engineering from Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman in Iran and a M.S. in Water System Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. In addition, he was a researcher with the Royal Institute of Technology in 2012. Amir's research interest is in ground and surface water quality and hydrogeology, and he will be completing his PhD research under GIWS member Karl-Erich Lindenschmidt. 

 

Research keywords; 

  • Ground and sruface water quality and hydrogeology
  • Advanced numerical and experimental methods in fluid dynamics and heat transfer
  • Transport and fate of contaminants in porous media and water bodies
David SaundersToxicology CentreToxicology Centredms519@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc, Toxicology

Thesis Description:


David has past training and education in biochemistry. He is currently a member of SETAC as well as the European Natural Products Society.

His graduate research involves novel brominated flame retardants as potential persistent organic pollutants and their sub-lethal toxicological effects to terrestrial and aquatic animals, as well as environmental and biotic concentrations.

Research interests:

  • Brominated flame retardants
  • Persistent organic pollutants
Marcie SchabertCollege of Arts and Sciencemss427@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Environmental Earth Sciences

Thesis Description:


Research keywords:

  • Geochemistry
  • Groundwater hydrology
Anton SizoDepartment of Geography and PlanningArts 282/Kirk Hall 316anton.sizo@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Title:


Appled strategic environmental assessment model for evaluation of the impacts or urban growth scenarios on wetland habitat and function

Thesis Description:


Education: BSc (Ecology), MSc (Environmental Protection), MSc (Geographic Informational Systems)

Research interests:

  • Wetlands
  • Strategic environmental assessment
  • Urban growth
  • Urban planning
  • Environmental monitoring
  • GIS
  • Remote sending
Joel SteevesDepartment of Civil and Geological EngineeringAnimal Science 207joel.steeves@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc

Thesis Description:


Joel holds a BSc (Honours) from the University of Calgary (U of C) in Applied and Environmental Geology. From July 2011 to April 2012, he worked as a research assistant in the Physical Hydrology Laboratory at the U of C.

Joel's graduate work involves the feasibility and potential limitations of designing a mine waste cover system for use with abandoned mines in Northern Canada. The design will utilize the materials available and the climate of the region to create a seasonally frozen layered system, which will divert infiltrating snowmelt away from mine waste and prevent contamination.

Research interests:

  • Mine waste reclamation
  • Hydrology of cold regions
  • Sustainable water use
Felix Tritschler

Degree Pursuing:


MSc, Hydrology

Thesis Description:


Felix completed his undergraduate degree at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. Since 2009, he has served as a student assistant at the Institute for Groundwater Management. He is currently completing his MSc under the supervision of Jeff McDonnell.

Research interests:

  • Isotope hydrology
  • Hydrological engineering
  • Soil hydraulics
  • Modelling
  • Water resource management
Timothy TseSchool of Environment and Sustainability/Toxicology CentreToxicology Centretimothy.tse@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Science

Thesis Description:


Education: BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Saskatchewan

Tse is pursuing his Master of Science through the School of Environment and Sustainability and the Toxicology Centre. His research is focused on reconstructing organic matter input and the phototropic activity of Lake Diefenbaker - a GIWS research site.  

Research interests: Algae toxins, Paleolimnology, Sterols, Phytopigments and Water Quaity. 

Lotanna UfonduDepartment of Civil and Geological Engineering(306) 652-2117l.ufondu@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Education

  • BSc, Geological Sciences
  • MSc, Hydrogeology/Engineering Geology/Environmental Management

Lotanna's research assesses the geothermal potential of Willingston basin, with specific targets on the geothermal and hydrothermal fluids within the basic.

Research interests:

  • Sustainability
  • Flooding
  • Ecosystems
  • Management
  • Protection
  • Geothermal
  • Hydropower
Satpal VirdiJohnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policyssv323@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Admin., CMA

Member of the Saskatchewan Eco Network

Research interests:

  • Safe drinking water
  • Aboriginal communities
  • Outcome-based
  • Results-based
Darian WeberDepartment of Environmental Earth Science, College of Arts & Sciencedaw015@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc

Briana YeeCollege of Arts and Sciencebry044@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


BSc, Environmental Earth Sciences

Thesis Description:


Education: BSc, Toxicology

Experience:

  • Eco-Advisor, Saskatchewan Environmental Society
  • Agroclimate Data Analyst, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
  • Memberships with the Alpine Club of Canada and WUSC

Research interests:

  • Examination of water-related issues as a result of extreme climate events
  • The use of different tools in the analysis of climate and other environmental data
  • Mine sites and related water issues
  • Remediation and management
Hayden YipDepartment of BiologyBiology 305(306) 966-4450hayden.yip@usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSc, Biology

Thesis Title:


The detection of algal blooms on Lake Diefenbaker with remote sensing orbital satellites

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc. (Hons.), 2010

Experience: Saskatchewan Watershed Authority (Research Assistant); Environment Canada/NHRC (Research Technician)

 

Research interests:

  • Remote sensing
  • Limnology
  • Ecology
  • Algal blooms
  • Landsat
  • Lake Diefenbaker
Firas YounesSchool of Environment and SustainabilityKirk Hall 308fiy298@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MSEM

Thesis Title:


The state of source water protection for First Nations in Canada

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering (Syria); M.Sc. courses, Water Resources Management (Lebanon)

Research interests:

  • Source water protection
  • Water systems
  • First Nations
  • Project management
Jenna ZeeSchool of Environment and SustainabilityToxicology Centrejmz584@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


MES

Thesis Title:


The effects of selenomethionine on juvenile white sturgeon

Thesis Description:


Education: B.Sc (Biology major, Chemistry minor)

Research interests:

  • Finite resource[s]
  • Human uses/competition
  • Rivers
  • Industry uses and effects
Elvis Asong ZilefacSchool of Environment and SustainabilityNHRC 1022(306) 966-7797aez849@mail.usask.ca

Degree Pursuing:


PhD

Thesis Description:


Elvis completed his bachelor's degree (geography) in 2008 at the University of Buea, Cameroon. He completed his master's degree (water resources engineering) in 2010 at the Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden. His MSc was funded through a scholarship from the European Union.

His work experience includes ASWA-RuDEP (Association of South West Rural Development, Cameroon), SOWEDA (South West Development Authority, Cameroon) and COWI (a Danish engineering consultancy).

 

Research interests:

  • Flood forecasting
  • Statistical hydrology
  • Groundwater modelling
  • IWRM
  • Climate and water issues
  • Stormwater management
  • River restoration
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