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Doctoral Students

Current   Past
Frédéric Dussault   Dominique St. Hilaire-Gravel
Dominic Lacroix   Mariana Trindade
Rudy Riedlsperger    

Masters Students

Current         Past
Ben Bagnall         Jillian Bambrick
Ariel Pollard Belsheim         Phillip Blundon
Beth Cowan         Denise Brushett
Jason Miszaniec         Stacy Campbell
Daniel Myers         Mallory Carpenter
Felicia Pickard         Eddie Donato
Samantha Primmer         Dean Dumaresq
Melissa Putt         Nicola Evans
Marc Story         Robert Foley
Bryn Wood         Christina Goldhar
          Cheryl Henrickson
          Melanie Irvine
          Chris Kennedy
          Andrea Marich
          Bryan Martin
          Alexandre Melanson
          Candace Rose-Taylor
          André Roy
          Rudy Riedlsperger
          Kevin Sheppard
          Jennifer Smith
          Rein Vankesteren
          Robert Way

Honours Students

Current Past
  Zachary Bartlett
  Shane Belbin
  Christine Bussey
  Trent Carter
  Cody Garlie
  Shane Greene
  Kelley Power
  Ginette Rafuse
  Jill Slater

Postdoctoral Fellows

Current
      Past
        Dr. Malgorzata Danek
        Dr. Rachel Hirsch
        Dr. Keith Lewis
        Dr. Ruth Plets
        Dr. Kieran Westley
        Dr. Johanna Wolf

Research Associates

Current       Past
Robert Briggs       Ilana Allice
Cassandra Lee       Amélie Boivin
Christine Legere       Scott Hatcher
Kathleen Parewick       Philippe Leblanc
Christina Robinson       Sarah Mackey
        Kathleen Parewick
        Jennifer Straatman

Doctoral Students


Current


Frédéric Dussault

Program: Archaeology
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Priscilla Renouf
Thesis Title:
Publications:  Forbes, V., F. Dussault and A. Bain, In Press. Contributions of ectoparasite studies in archaeology with two examples from the North Atlantic region. International Journal of Paleopathology.
Scholarships/Awards:  Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2013-2016), F.A. Aldrich Fellowship (2012-2013), M.U.N. School of Graduate Studies – Dean’s Doctoral Award (2012-2016), Fond de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FQRSC) (2012-2015).
Other Degrees: B.A. Archaeology - Université Laval (2009), M. A. Archaeology - Université Laval (2011)
Area of Interest: Environmental Archaeology, Palaeo-environment
Email: dussault.fred@gmail.com

 

Dominic Lacroix

Program: Archaeology
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Priscilla Renouf
Thesis Title:
Publications: Dawson, Peter C., Richard M. Levy, Gerald Oetelaar, Charles Arnold, Dominic Lacroix, and Glen Mackay (2009) Documenting Mackenzie Inuit Architecture Using 3D Laser Scanning. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 7(2):29–44.
Scholarships/Awards:
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
Ireland Canada University Foundation Dobbin Scholarship (2010-2011)
School of Graduate Studies Recognition of Excellence (2009-2010)
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship (2006-2008)
Other Degrees:

BEng Mechanical/Aerospace - Université de Sherbrooke, MA Archaeology - University of Calgary
Email: dlacroix@mun.ca

 

Rudy Riedlsperger

Program:  Geography
Co-Supervisor
Thesis Title: Community mapping under the Nunatsiavut Sustainable Communities Initiative
Publications:  Champalle, C.,Sparling, E.,.Tudge, P., Riedlsperger, R., Ford, J., and Bell, T. 2013.  Adapting the built environment in a changing northern climate: A review of climate hazard-related mapping and vulnerability assessments of the built environment in Canada’s North to inform climate change adaptation. Report for Natural Resource Canada, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Ottawa, Canada.  Goldhar, C., Bell, T., Sheldon, T., Andersen, T., Piercy, W., Gear, D., Wolfrey, C., Jacque, H.,Furgal, C., Knight, J., Kouril, D., Riedlsperger, R., Allice, I., 2012. SakKijânginnatuk Nunalik: Understanding opportunities and challenges for sustainable communities in Nunatsiavut, Learning from the coast. Nain, NL. Nunatsiavut Government.
Scholarships/Awards:
Other Degrees: B.A. Political Science - University of Salzburg (2007), M.A. Global Environmental Policy - University of Alaska Fairbanks, M.A. Geography - Memorial University
Emailrr5166@mun.ca


Past


Dominique St. Hilaire-Gravel Dominique St. Hilaire-Gravel

Completion: 2012
Program:
Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Don Forbes (Natural Resources Canada)
Thesis Title: Arctic Gravel Beach Morphodynamics under Changing Relative Sea Level and Environmental
Forcing, Canadian Arctic Archipelago   
Current Position: Instructor of Ocean Mapping at Marine Institute, Memorial University
Email: Dominique.St.Hilaire@mi.mun.ca


Mariana Trindade

Completion: 2009
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: On the spatio-temporal radial growth response of four alpine treeline species to climate across central Labrador, Canada
Current Position: Senior Wildlife Biologist - Newfoundland Government, Department of Environment and Conservation, Sustainable Development and Strategic Science Branch
Email: mtrindade@mta.ca


Masters Students


Current


Ben Bagnall

Program: Geography
Thesis Title:
Degree:
B.Sc Geology and Biology, Acadia University
Co-supervisor:
Don Forbes
Email:093727b@acadiau.ca

Ariel Pollard Belsheim

Program: Geography and Archeology
Thesis Title:
Other Degrees: 
BSc Archaeology and Geography with a Concentration in G.I.S, University of Lethbridge
Email
: apollardbelsheim@mun.ca

 

Beth Cowan

Program:  Geography
Thesis Title: The submerged sea level lowstand of Cumberland Penninsula, Baffin Island, NU.
Scolarships/Awards: Recipient for 2013/14 of the Geological Association of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship in Environmental Science, Jean-Claude Dionne Award of the Canadian Geomorphology Research Group  for the best student oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Geographer’s annual meeting NSERC Scholarship award for 2013/14.
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Don Forbes
Other Degrees:  BSc. Earth Science & Oceanography Dalhousie University
Email:  jecc47@mun.ca

 Jason Miszaniec

Program: Archeology
Thesis Title: What “wood” the Dorset do: An analysis of wood use among the Dorset from the Phillip’s Garden site, northwestern Newfoundland
Co-Supervisor: Dr. M.A.P Renouf
Other Degrees: 2009-2012 Bachelor of Arts: Honours Anthropology (minor in North American History), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Emailjim200@mun.ca

Daniel Myers

Program: Environmental Scienc
Thesis Title: Reconstructing Historical Spruce Budworm Cycles using Dendrochronology
Co-Supervisor:
Dr. Trever Bell, Dr. Colin Laroque (Mount Allison University)
Other Degrees:
B. Sc (Hons), Memorial University
Email: s79dam@mun.ca

 

Felicia Pickard

Program: Environmental Science
Thesis Title: Biomonitoring of environmental lead exposure in children from pre-1960's housing in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Scholarships/Awards:
Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research Scholarship
NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (2009-10)
School of Graduate Studies Dean's Excellence Award (2009-11)
The O'Brien Foundation Fellowship (2010-11)
Best Graduate Poster - APICS 2010
Other Degrees:  BSc Major (Honours) Biology and Minor Geography - Mount Allison University (2009)
Email: fdpickard@gmail.com

 

Samantha Primmer

Program: Geography
Thesis Title:
Scholarships/Awards:
Other Degrees:  Degree: BSc Double Major in Earth Science and Geography, Memorial University
Emailsnp703@mun.ca

 

 

Melissa Putt

Program: Geography
Thesis Title:
Publications: Scholarships/Awards:  Rick Sheppard Memorial Scholarship 2004
Other Degrees:
   BSc (Honours) Earth Sciences - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Email: f93mmp@mun.ca

 

Marc Storey

Program: Geography
Thesis Title:
Other Degrees:

Email: mastore147@gmail.com

 

Bryn Wood

Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Johanna Wolf
Thesis Title: An Inuit Perspective of Environmental Change from Traditional Land Use Studies in North West River, Labrador
Other Degrees:
BSc. Geography - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program in GIS - Memorial University of Newfoundland
Email: v06bfw@mun.ca

 

 


Past


 

Jillian Bambrick

Completion: 2009
Program: Archaeology
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Priscilla Renouf
Thesis Title: Palaeoeskimo Sealskin Processing in Port au Choix, Northwestern Newfoundland: A Palaeoenvironmental Analysis
Current Position:
Lab Instructor Earth Sciences department at St. Francis Xavier University
Email: bambrick@mun.ca

 

Phillip Blundon

Program: Geography
Thesis Title: The geomorphic footprint of Late Wisconsinan Ice Streams in the Newfoundland Ice Cap
Other Degrees:
Email: philliipblundon@hotmail.com

 

Denise Brushett

Completion: 2008
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: Late Wisconsinan glacial history of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, as interpreted from seabed geomorphology and stratigraphy
Current Position: Project Geologist, Government of Newfoundland, Department of Natural Resources, Geological Survey
Email: DeniseBrushett@gov.nl.ca

 

Stacey Campbell

Completion: 2008
Program:
Environmental Science
Thesis Title:
Environmental lead exposure in St. John's, Newfoundland
Current Position: Medical student at the University of Calgary
Email: stacymcampbell@gmail.com

 

Mallory Carpenter Mallory Carpenter

Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Evan Edinger
Thesis Title: Benthic Habitat Mapping in Okak Bay, Labrador
Email: mcarpenter@mun.ca

 

Alison Copeland

Completion: 2006
Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Evan Edinger
Thesis Title: Benthic habitat mapping with multibeam sonar in Newman Sound, Terra Nova National Park, Newfoundland
Current Position:  Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (BSAP) Coordinator, Government of Bermuda
Email: aicopeland@gov.bm

 

Eddie Donato

Completion: 2005
Program: Environmental Science
Co-Supervisor: Dr. John Jacobs
Thesis Title: Climatic Setting and Phenology of Braya longii and B. fernaldii on the Limestone Barrens of Northwestern Newfoundland
Current Position:
High School Science Teacher
Email:

Dean Dumaresq

Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Colin Laroque (Mount Allison University)
Thesis Title: Dendrochronology in Eastern Labrador
Other Degrees:
Email: ddumaresq@mun.ca

Nicola Evans

Completion: 2003
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: An Investigation of the Holocene Pollen Record from the Grey Islands, Newfoundland
Current Position:
Single Research Associate for the North American and Global Pollen Databases, Illinois State Museum
Email: nevans@museum.state.il.us

 

Robert Foley

Program: Environmental Science
Thesis Title: Isotopic fingerprinting the sources and pathways of children's lead exposure in residential environments of St. John's, Newfoundland
Email: v96rmf@mun.ca

 

Christina Goldhar

Program: Geography
Thesis Title:Water Ways: Vulnerability to freshwater changes in the Inuit settlement region of Nunatsiavut, Labrador
Email: christina.goldhar@mun.ca

 

Cheryl Hendrickson

Completion: 2000
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: The Biogeography of Coltsfoot (Tussilago Farfara L.) in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Email: hendrickson@landsaga.com

Melanie Irvine

Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Rod Smith (Natural Resources Canada)
Thesis Title: Living on unstable ground: Identifying landscape constraints on community development in Nunavut
Email: mela_irvine@yahoo.ca

 

Chris Kennedy

Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Colin Laroque (Mount Allison University)
Thesis Title: The Dendroclimatogy and Dendroecology of Labrador's Latitudinal Tree line
Email: cjkennedy@mun.ca

 

Andrea Marich

Completion: 2006
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: Rogen Moraine, Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland
Current Position:  Surficial Geologist Earth Studies - Ontario Geological Survey
Email: andrea.marich@ontario.ca

Bryan Martin

Completion: 2009
Program: Environmental Science
Co-Supervisor:
Dr. Rod Smith (Natural Resources Canada)
Thesis Title: Sill stratigraphy and sedimentology in marine inundated basins, Sachs Harbour, NWT, Canada: implications for sea-level reconstruction   
Email:
brygmartin@gmail.com

Alexandre Melanson

Completion: 2012
Program
: Physical Oceanography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Lev Tarasov
Thesis Title: Inverse modelling of sub-glacial sediment transport over North America
Current Position: PhD student in Biophysics at the University of Ottawa
Email: amela093@uottawa.ca

Tim Rast

Completion: 1999
Program: Archaeology
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Priscilla Renouf
Thesis Title: Investigating palaeo-Eskimo and Indian settlement patterns along a submerging coast at Burgeo, Newfoundland
Current Position:
Archaeologist & Flintknapper; Elfshot, St. John's, NL
Email: tim@elfshotgallery.com

Rudy Riedlsperger

Program: Geographraphy
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Johanna Wolf
Thesis Title: Climate Change Adaptation in Communities in Labrador
Current Position: Phd Candidate in Geography at Memorial University, Newfoundland
Email: rr5166@mun.ca

André Roy

Completion: 2013
Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. John Anderson (Department of Fisheries and Oceans)
Thesis Title: Morphology and substrate arrangement of demersal capelin spawning habitat off Northeast Newfoundland
Current Position: Hydrographic Project Supervisor, Canadian Hydrographic Service
Email: a.roy@mun.ca

Kevin Sheppard

Completion: 2000
Program:
Geography
Thesis Title: Stratigraphy and chronology of deglacial events at Highlands, southern St. George's Bay, southwest Newfoundland
Email: kevin.sheppard@ontario.ca

Jennifer Smith

Completion: 2005
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: Shifting sites and shifting sands: a record of prehistoric human/landscape interactions from Porcupine Strand, Labrador
Email: jennifersmith@gov.nl.ca

Candace Rose-Taylor

Completion: 2007
Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. John Anderson (Fisheries and Oceans)
Thesis Title: Acoustic Seabed Classification of Demersal Capelin Spawning Habitat in Coastal Northeast Newfoundland
Current Position:
Research Associate Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Email:
ocianaca@yahoo.ca

Rein Vankesteren

Completion: 2004
Program: Geography
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Colin Bannfield
Thesis Title: The significance of forest cover, topographic position, and some meteorological cariables for throughfall of rain under a Balsam Fir forest in Western Newfoundland
Current Position:
Forest Research Officer - Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
Email: rvankest@nrcan.gc.ca

Robert Way

Completion: 2013
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: Postglacial alpine glacier activity in the Torngat Mountains, Northern Labrador.
Current Position:
Email: robert.way@mun.ca

 


Honours Students


Current


Past


Zachary Bartlett

Completion: 2007
Program:
Geography
Thesis Title:
Current Position:
MSc candidate at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Email: zackb11@gmail.com

Shane Belbin

Completion: 2013
Thesis Title: Analysis of temperature sensitivity for endangered plant performance, Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland
Current Position:Law student at Dalhousie University
Email: sbelbin@dal.ca

Christine Bussey

Completion: 2007
Program:
Geography
Thesis Title:
Current Position: Executive Sales Assistant at Exit Realty on the Rock (St. John's, NL) Licensed Realtor
Email:
christinebussey@exitrealtynl.com

Trent Carter

Completion: 1996
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: Spatial and temporal fluctuations in copper and zinc concentrations in the Exploits River, Central Newfoundland
Current Position:
Completed MEnvSc - Memorial University of Newfoundland

Cody Garlie

Completion: 1996
Program: Geography
Thesis Title: Coastal sediment blankets in the Tors Cove Region, Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland: possible implications for relative sea level history
Current Position:
Program Administrator, Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Shane Greene

Completion: 2002
Program:
Geography
Thesis Title: Substrate characteristics of Braya habitat on the limestone barens, Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland
Current Position:
Engineering Geologist with Opus International Consultants in Dunedin
Email: shane.greene@opus.co.nz

Kelley Power

Completion: 2000
Program: Geography
Thesis Title:
Current Position:
Communications Advisor, Aurora Energy Resources Inc.
Email: salacia77@yahoo.ca

Ginette Rafuse

Completion: 2005
Program:
Biology
Co-Supervisor:
Dr. Luise Hermanutz
Thesis Title: The impact of off-road vehicles on the limestone barren habitat and resident plants endemic to the Great Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada

Jill Slater

Completion: 2005
Program:
Geography
Thesis Title: Statistical Downscaling of Temperature and Precipitation for Climate Change Impact Assessment of Rare Plants on the Limestone Barrens of Northwestern Newfoundland
Email:
jill.slater@parks.nyc.gov

 


Postdoctoral Fellows


Current


Past


Dr. Malgorzata Danek

Completion: 2013
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Colin Laroque (Mt. Allison University)
PDF Title: Dendroclimatic studies of logs from bogs and rivers in central Labrodor. Dendrochemcial studies of trees from St. John's as an archive of past pollution history. Developing a regional eastern larch (Larix larcinia) chronology for the Maritimes
Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Environmenal Analysis, Mapping and Economic Geology, AGH University of Science and Technologoy, Kraków, Poland.
Email: mdanek@agh.edu.pl

 

Dr. Rachel Hirsch

Completion: 2013
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Chris Furgal (Trent University)
PDF Title: Sharing research findings in Nunavut and Nunatsiavut: Assessing the integration of community-based knowledge in policy communications about climate change related food insecurity
Current Position: Health Environment, and Indigenous Communities Research Group, University of Trent, Peterborough, Ontario
Email: rhirsch@yorku.ca or rhirsch@alumni.uwo.ca
Website: http://heicresearch.com/about/about-the-research-group/

 

Dr. Keith Lewis

Completion: 2009
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Luise Hermanutz, Dr. John Jacobs, and Dr. Colin Laroque (Labrador Highlands Research Group)
PDF Title: Treeline processes in highland Labrador; Small mammal distribution at the forest-tundra ecotone, Labrador
Current Position:
Senior Scientist, Department of Environment and Conservation, Sustainable Development and Strategic Science Branch, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Email: keithl@mun.ca

 

Dr. Ruth Plets

Completion: 2009
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Rory Quinn (University of Ulster)
PDF Title: Archaeological applications of the joint Irish bathymetric survey data
Email: r.plets@ulster.ac.uk

 

Dr. Kieran Westley

Completion: 2008
Co-Supervisor: Dr. Priscilla Renouf
PDF Title: Application of postglacial sea-level history to reconstruction and assessment of Newfoundland’s coastal archaeological heritage; Archaeological applications of the Joint Irish Bathymetric Survey data Public
Email: kl.westley@ulster.ac.uk

Dr. Johanna Wolf

Completion: 2011
Research Title: Climate Change Adaptation in Labrador - The role of values and cultural identity
Email: jwolf@mun.ca

 


Research Associates


Current


Robert BriggsRBriggs

Research Title:  SmartICE (Sea ice Monitoring And Real-Time Information for Coastal Environments)
Other Degrees:  PhD Physical Oceanography, MSc Oceanography, MEng Systems Engineering
Emailrdbriggs@mun.ca

 

Cassandra Lee

Research Title: Nunatsiavut Sustainable Communities Initiative
Other Degrees:Msc Memorial University
Email: Cassandra.Lee@mun.ca

 

 

Christine Legere

Research Title: Nunatsiavut-Nuluak Project Coordinator
Other Degrees: MSc. Geology, University of New Brunswick
Email: clegere@mun.ca

 

Kathleen Parewick

Research Title: Project Manager/Researcher Northern Chapter Canadian Coastal Climate Change Assessment (C4A)
Other Degrees: PhD Geogrpahy
Emails: k.parewick@mun.ca

 


Christina Robinson

Research Title: Coastal Archaeological Resource Risk Assessment (CARRA)
Other Degrees: BSc Archaeological Studies, MA Archaeology (forthcoming)
Email: cer858@mun.ca

 

 


Past


Ilana Allice

Research Title: Labrador Climate Change Adaptation
Email: ilana.allice@mun.ca

Amélie Boivin

Research Title: Permafrost and Paleoclimate on the Northern Peninsula, Newfoundland
Email: Amelie.Boivin@USherbrooke.ca

Scott Hatcher

Research Title: Nunatsiavut Sustainable Communities Initiative
Email: svh160@mun.ca

Philippe Leblanc

Research Titles:  ArcticNet Eastern Arcitic IRIS coordinator and Torngat Mountains glacier inventory
Email: pleblanc@mun.ca

Sara Mackey

Research Title: Biomonitoring for environmental lead exposure in children from pre-1970's housing in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
Email: sjmackey@mun.ca

Kathleen Parewick

Research Title: LeadNL Project Manager
Email:paerewyck@hotmail.com

Jennifer Straatman

Research Title: Arctic geography educational products
Email: jenniferstraatman@hotmail.com

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