Faculty and staff

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Department Chair

  • Dr. Gail Fondahl
    PhD, MA University of California - Berkeley; BA Dartmouth College
    • Acting Chair, Department of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences
    • Professor, Geography
    • Program Committee Member, Northern Studies
    Phone:
    250-960-5856
    Office:
    8-138
    Dr. Gail Fondahl is a Professor of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Her PhD is from the University of California-Berkeley. Professor Fondahl’s research focuses on the legal geographies of indigenous territorial rights in the Russian North, and the cultural and...

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  • Catherine Nolin
    BA Geography (University of Calgary), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 2000)
    • Professor, Geography (on sabbatical)
    • Department Chair, Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Phone:
    250-960-5875
    Cell:
    250-961-5875
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-148

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Geography ; MA Interdisciplinary Studies

    I am a social geographer with two broad areas of research interest that connect in many ways & often overlap: Guatemala/Violence/Development/Justice and Migration/Transnationalism/Refugee Studies I am a Professor of Geography and Chair of the Department of Geography, Earth and Environmental...

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Faculty

  • Sam Albers
    BSc (Biology) University of Victoria, MSc (Environmental Science), UNBC
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    Phone:
    250-387-1817

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  • Dr. Faran Ali
    PhD (University of Saskatchewan), MSc (IHE, Delft), BSc (UET, Lahore)
    • Assistant Professor, Geography and Engineering
    Phone:
    250-960-6355
    Office:
    8-408

    Supervises in: MSc NRES Geography ; MSc NRES Environmental Science

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  • Dr. Matt Beedle
    BSc (Earth Science) Montana State University; MSc (Geography) University of Colorado, PhD (NRES-Geography, 2014)
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    • College Professor, Geography (Coast Mountain College)
    Phone:
    250-615-3335
    Matt is an adjunct professor of geography at UNBC and a professor of geography at Coast Mountain College in Terrace, BC, where he teaches in the Environmental Geoscience program. He completed his Ph.D. from UNBC in 2014.

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  • Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
    PhD Cultural Historical Geography, (Queen's University at Kingston - 2007), MA Interdisciplinary Studies in Geography and English (UNBC), BFA Creative Writing (University of Victoria)
    • Professor, Northern Medical Program and Geography
    • Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5993
    Office:
    Room 9-383, NHSC
    An award winning researcher and creative writer whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies, Sarah de Leeuw grew up and has spent most of her life in Northern British Columbia, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace. She is the Research Director of the Health Arts Research Centre...

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  • Dr. Bill Floyd
    BSc University of Northern British Columbia; MSc. Oregon State University; PhD University of BC
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    Research Hydrologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Leader of Coastal Hydrology & Climate Change Research Lab, and adjunct professor in Geography at Vancouver Island University.

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  • Greg Halseth
    BA (University of British Columbia), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 1993)
    • Professor, Geography
    • Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies
    • Co-Director, UNBC Community Development Institute
    Phone:
    250-960-5826
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-141

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Geography ; MNRES

    Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies, and the founder and Co-Director of the UNBC Community Development Institute. His research examines regional development...

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  • Dr. Neil Hanlon
    BAA (Ryerson University), MA, PhD (Queen's University at Kingston, 1998)
    • Professor, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5881
    Office:
    Teaching Laboratory 8-136

    Supervises in: MA NRES Geography ; MA Interdisciplinary Studies ; MSc Health Sciences ; PhD NRES

    President of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG), 2020-2022

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  • Sean Markey
    BA, Political Science (UBC); MES, Environmental Studies (York University); PhD, Economic Geography (Simon Fraser University); MCIP (Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners) and RPP (Registered Professional Planner)
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    Phone:
    778-782-4702
    Professor and Graduate Program Chair in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

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  • Zoë Meletis
    BA (McGill University), MScPl (University of Toronto), PhD (Duke University, 2007)
    • Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental and Sustainability Studies
    Phone:
    250-960-5920
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-214

    Supervises in: MA NRES Geography ; MA NRES Environmental Studies

    Zoë teaches ENVS 309 Gender and Environmental Studies. She is a member of the Geography Program. Zoë's work to date has focused on tourism and ecotourism development, local perceptions of environment and place, consumption (the politics of; the impacts of; alternative forms of), international...

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  • Dr. Brian Menounos
    BA, MA (University of Colorado), PhD (University of British Columbia, 2002)
    • Professor, Geography
    • Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change
    Phone:
    250-960-6266
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-331
    Brian is a professor of the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia and a Canada Research Chair in Glacier Change. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003.

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  • Shiva Mohan
    PhD Geography (Wilfrid Laurier University), MPhil Geography (The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica), BA Geography (The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica)
    • Assistant Professor of Geography
    Office:
    8-144
    Shiva S. Mohan is a political geographer whose research interests are situated at the interface of migration and mobility studies, island studies and Caribbean studies. His scholarly interests are largely informed by his lived experiences as an islander from Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) in the...

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  • BA (University of British Columbia), MSc (HEC and Oxford University)
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    • Co-Director, Community Development Institute (CDI) at UNBC
    Phone:
    250-960-9806
    Office:
    10-1090

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  • Tristan Pearce
    PhD University of Guelph; MA University of Guelph; BA University of Northern British Columbia
    • Associate Professor, Global and International Studies
    • Canada Research Chair in Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5766
    Office:
    ADM-3011

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Geography ; MSc NRES Geography ; MNRES

    Tristan Pearce is an Associate Professor in the Global and International Studies Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change. His research examines the cumulative impacts of environmental...

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  • Ellen Petticrew
    BSc (Queen's University in Kingston, Physical Geography), MSc (University of British Columbia, Physical Geography), PhD (McGill University, Biology, 1989)
    • Professor, Geography (On Sabbatical - July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021)
    • Endowed Chair in Landscape Ecology
    Phone:
    250-960-6645
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-137
    Dr. Petticrew's research interests involve fluxes to and in aquatic systems, at a variety of scales. Fluxes of sediment, nutrient and contaminants have been investigated in recent research including 1) the influence of forest harvesting on sediment yields to British Columbian lakes, 2) the...

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  • Stephanie Powell-Hellyer
    BA (Honours) Geography (Laurentian); MA International Studies (UNBC)
    • Instructor
    Phone:
    250-960-5286
    Office:
    ADM-3080

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  • Dr. John Rex
    BSc (Hons.) Memorial University of Newfoundland, MSc & PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, UNBC
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    Team Lead, Research and Stewardship, Omineca Region at BC Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operation Experienced Hydrologist with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Skilled in Watershed Management, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Awareness,...

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  • Grahame Russell
    BA, Development and Latin American Studies (University of Guelph, 1983); LLB (University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law, 1988)
    • Adjunct Professor, Geography
    Mr. Russell has over 25 years of experience working on development, human rights, environmental justice and disaster relief issues in Latin America - mainly Central America and southern Mexico. Mr. Russell lived for over 10 years in various countries in Central America and in southern Mexico. Mr....

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  • Joseph Shea
    PhD (University of British Columbia - 2010), MSc (University of Calgary - 2004), BSc (McMaster University - 2001)
    • Associate Professor, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-6256
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-212

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MSc NRES

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  • Roger Wheate
    BSc Hons (University of St. Andrews), MA (Queen's University at Kingston), PhD (University of St. Andrews)
    • Professor (On sabbatical)
    • GIS Coordinator
    • Chair, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Graduate Program
    Phone:
    250-960-5865
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-307
    Dr. Wheate's interests cover the application of remote sensing and GIS across the spectrum of NRES (Natural Resource and Environmental Studies) research areas. His main focus lies in the integration of the geomatic sciences, cartographic output, feature extraction and terrain visualisation;...

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Senior Lab Instructors

    • Senior Lab Instructor (Geographic Information Systems) (On leave)
    Phone:
    250-960-5405
    Office:
    TAL-2526

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  • BSc (University of British Columbia), BEd (University of Western Ontario, 1995)
    • Senior Lab Instructor (On leave)
    Phone:
    250-960-6438
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-241
    Chris is responsible for instruction in second year Earth Science labs in the Geography, Forestry and Environmental Science programs at UNBC: GEOG 210 (Introduction to Earth Science), FSTY 205 (Forest Soils), and ENVS 201 (Atmospheric Science).

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  • Matt McLean
    BSc (University of Northern British Columbia)
    • Senior Lab Instructor, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-6486
    Office:
    8-215

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  • Teal Randle
    BSC Environmental Science (UNBC)
    • Senior Lab Instructor (Term)
    Phone:
    250-960-5580
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-311
    Teal instructs courses within the Geography, Forestry, and Environmental Science programs: GEOG 210 (Introduction to Earth Sciences), FSTY 205 (Introduction to Soil Science), and ENSC 201 (Weather and Climate).

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Instructors

Research Scientists

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Dr. Jacob Bendle
    PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London – 2018), MSc (Royal Holloway, U of London & UCL – 2012), BSc (Aberystwyth U - 2011)
    • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Geography
    Dr. Jacob Bendle is a Postdoctoral Researcher at UNBC working on glacier and hydroclimatic variability in the Owikeno basin, southern Coast Mountains, with Professor Brian Menounos.

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  • Dr. Anna Chesnokova
    BSc in Geography (Lomonosov MSU); MSc in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, EPFL; PhD in Civil Engineering, ETS
    • Post-doctoral Researcher, Geography
    Dr. Chesnokova started as a postdoctoral researcher at UNBC in June 2020 to work on the project "A Snow Water Equivalence Estimation Prediction (SWEEP) System to Improve Hydrologic Forecasts in British Columbia" in the MOSH Lab with Drs. Brian Menounos and Joseph Shea.

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  • Dr. Darian Goldin Stahl
    PhD in Humanities (Concordia University), MFA in Printmaking (University of Alberta), BFA (Indiana University Bloomington)
    • Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
    Darian Goldin Stahl is an interdisciplinary printmaker and Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in health humanities under the supervision of Dr. Sarah de Leeuw. Darian's project, Embodied Books: Binding Together Illness, Art, and Learning, seeks to forge new sensory understandings of illness through the...

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  • Dr. Nadia Mamontova
    • Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
    Nadia Mamontova is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow with the Geography Program. In 2020, she completed a PhD at the University of Oxford in the School of Geography and the Environment. Before that she earned a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy...

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  • Kriti Mukherjee
    PhD in Geomatics Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, 2012), Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute, UNBC
    • Post-doctoral Researcher, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5555
    Office:
    4-247

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  • Marieka Sax
    PhD (Carleton University), MA (Carleton University), BA (University of Regina)
    • Post-doctoral Researcher, Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5650
    Office:
    Teaching Lab 8-144
    Marieka Sax is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Geography Program. From 2017-2019, she was a Research Associate with the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium. Marieka's work focuses on the community impacts of resource extraction across northern British Columbia. Her current research explores...

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  • Dr. Scott Williamson
    PhD in Ecology (University of Alberta, 2015)
    • Post-doctoral Researcher, Geography

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Former Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dr. May Farrales (PhD, 2017 – University of British Columbia), January 2018 - July 2020 - supervisor: Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
  • Dr. Michael Lait (PhD, 2017 - Carleton University), September 2017 - December 2018 - supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
  • Dr. Levan Tielidze (PhD), October 2015-February 2016; March - September 2017 - supervisor: Dr. Roger Wheate
  • Dr. Chris Buse (PhD, 2015 - University of Toronto), 2016-2017 - co-supervisors: Drs. Greg Halseth & Margot Parkes
  • Dr. Chris Darvill (PhD, 2014 - Durham University), 2016-2017 - supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos
  • Dr. Alex Martin (PhD, 2012 - University of Northern British Columbia, Canda), 2012-2013 - supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
  • Dr. Joe Shea (PhD, 2010 - University of British Columbia, Canada), 2010-2012 - supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos
  • Dr. Neil Williams (PhD, 2005 - University of Exeter, UK), 2007-2008 - supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew
  • Dr. Tobias Bolch (PhD, 2006 - University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), 2007-2008 - co-supervisors: Drs. Brian Menounos & Roger Wheate
  • Dr. Deborah Thien (PhD, 2005 - University of Edinburgh, Scotland), 2006 - supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
  • Dr. Catherine Nolin (PhD, 2000 - Queen's University, Canada), 2001-2002 - supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl

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