Alan and Joyce Macpherson were long time members of the Geography Department and are currently professors emeriti in the Department. Alan is an historical geographer and has degrees from the University of Edinburgh and McGill. Joyce is a physical geographer and her work involved using pollen analysis of lake, bog and marine sediments to reconstruct past vegetation, climate, sea levels and human activity, mainly on the island of Newfoundland, but also in the province of Quebec and in highland Scotland. Alan and Joyce retired in 1993/4 and have continued to contribute to the academic programme of the Geography Department ever since.
Last year Alan and Joyce decided to make a substantial endowment to the Department, which is now used to fund two scholarships for graduate students. The awards are named after Alan and Joyce, and they are for graduate students whose research interests aligns with their own. The Dr. Alan Macpherson Graduate Research Award in Historical and Cultural Geography was awarded to Nicholas Lymer, who is pursuing an MA degree on fisheries restructuring in coastal Newfoundland. Ariel Pollard-Belsheim won the Dr Joyce Macpherson Research Award in Physical Geography. Ariel's research aims to identify archaeological resources in Newfoundland and Labrador that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and better inform the decision making process regarding the management of these sites. This will be done in association with the Coastal Archaeological Resource Risk Assessment (CARRA) project.
The Macpherson together with the awards winners are pictured here (from left Ariel Pollard-Belsheim, Joyce Macpherson, Alan Macpherson and Nicholas Lymer).
The Macpherson awards will go a long way towards ensuring the excellence of our graduate student work and the Department is most grateful to Alan and Joyce Macpherson for this very generous endowment.