Affiliate Faculty

We greatly value the contributions made by our affiliated faculty members to teaching and research in environment-related topics. Our affiliates come from a wide range of departments and disciplines on the UTM campus, and interdisciplinarity is one of the core values of the UTM Environment Programs.

Our current affiliated faculty members at UTM are:

 

Varouj Aivazian
Professor
Economics and Management
 

Professor Aivazian’s research interests and teaching include financial economics; law and economics; sustainability and environmental economics; and the environmental implications of trade agreements, including NAFTA Chapter 11.


Steven Bernstein
Professor
Associate Chair and Graduate Director in the tri-campus Graduate Department of Political Science, and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Political Science

Room:  DV3274
Email:  steven.bernstein@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/political-science/professor-steven-bernstein

Professor Bernstein’s research interests and teaching include global governance and institutions; global environmental politics; international political economy; and internationalization of public policy. He was a member of the Global Forest Expert Panel on the International Forest Regime, and a consultant on institutional reform for the “Rio +20” UN Conference on Sustainable Development and its follow-up. 


Ellen Berrey
Assistant Professor

Sociology

Room  DV3221
Email:  ellen.berrey@utoronto.ca
Website:  http://www.ellenberrey.com/

Professor Berrey’s research interests and teaching focus on how law, organizational practice, and culture influence inequality, how these forces perpetuate or alleviate racial and economic disadvantage, and how they reinforce advantages enjoyed by dominant groups. Her projects have examined urban gentrification, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, diversity discourse, affirmative action politics, and employment discrimination litigation. 


Laura Brown
Assistant Professor

Geography

Room  DV3279
Email:  lc.brown@utoronto.ca
Website:  http://sites.utm.utoronto.ca/brown/

Professor Brown’s research interests and teaching include processes in the cryosphere; climate–lake ice interactions; and remote sensing and numerical modeling. 


Amrita Daniere
Professor
Vice-Principal and Dean, Academic
Geography

Room  KN2226, DV3273
Email: amrita.daniere@utoronto.ca
Website:  http://geography.utoronto.ca/profiles/amrita-daniere/

Professor Daniere’s research interests and teaching include infrastructure provision in developing-country megacities (including water and sanitation services, housing, solid waste collection and disposal, and transportation); and development and implementation of policy and planning from a political-economy perspective in Third World urban areas. She leads an international project on Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia to address vulnerabilities to climate change in urbanizing areas of Southeast Asia, with the goal of enhancing resilience as well as economic and social well-being. 


Pierre Desrochers
Associate  Professor

Director, Institute for Management and Innovation
Geography

Room  DV3285
Email: pierre.desrochers@utoronto.ca
Website:  http://geog.utm.utoronto.ca/desrochers

Professor Desrochers’ research interests and teaching include globalization and the environment; business-environment interface; energy systems and policy; agricultural history; transportation and international trade; and food policy. 


Tim Duval
Assistant Professor

Geography

Room  DV3285
Email: tim.duval@utoronto.ca
Website:  http://geography.utoronto.ca/profiles/tim-duval/

Professor Duval’s research interests and teaching include applied ecohydrology; wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry; catchment hydrology and biogeochemistry; stream and wetland restoration; forest disturbance and stream water quality; and urbanization and water and solute cycling.


Yuhong He
Associate Professor
Geography

Room  DV3271
Email: yuhong.he@utoronto.ca
Website: http://sites.utm.utoronto.ca/yuhong

Professor He’s research interests include the use of remote sensing techniques, spatial analysis, climate data, and ecosystem modelling in studies of natural or managed systems, and linkages between observed changes and environmental and anthropogenic driving factors (e.g. climate, topography, grazing, and oil and gas exploration) at multiple spatial and temporal scales.


Jochen Halfar
Associate Professor
Earth Sciences (CPS)

Room  DV4044
Email: jochen.halfar@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3halfar/index.html

Professor Halfar’s research interests and teaching include paleoclimates, specifically coralline algal paleoclimatology, and carbonate sedimentology.


Sara Hughes
Assistant Professor

Political Science

Office: DV3263
Email: sara.hughes@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/political-science/sara-hughes

Professor Hughes’ research interests and teaching focus on urban politics; the institutions of local government; urban environmental policy; and the politics of local climate change response. Current projects examine the implementation of climate change policy in Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York City; transitions in urban waste management; the determinants of policy attention in local governments; and building capacity for adaptation in cities.


Marc Johnson
Associate Professor
Biology

Office: DV3040
Email: marc.johnson@utoronto.ca
Website: https://evoecolab.wordpress.com/

Professor Johnson’s research interests and teaching include the consideration of diverse questions and techniques from genetics, evolution, ecology, and chemistry. He seeks to understand the dynamic interplay between the evolution and ecology of species interactions, particularly in plant-animal interactions. Professor Johnson has an emerging research interest in urban ecology.


Josee Johnston
Associate Professor
Sociology

Office: DV3230
Email: josee.johnston@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/sociology/faculty-staff/johnston-jos-e

Professor Johnston’s research interests and teaching include the sociological study of food and consumer culture. Her research has taken on various empirical topics, ranging from food politics to celebrity chefs), but she is centrally concerned with understanding how cultural and political forces reproduce and legitimate the inequitable and unsustainable features of capitalist economies.


Shashi Kant
Professor
Director, Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) program

Faculty of Forestry

Office: KN2255
Email: shashi.kant@utoronto.ca
Website: http://forestry.utoronto.ca/kant-s/ and 
http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/mscsm/mscsm-program-director-dr-shashi-kant

Professor Kant’s research interests and teaching focus on forest resource economics and management, with specific emphasis on the economics of sustainable forest management. This includes the economics of community-based forest management systems; valuation of ecosystem services including social, cultural, and land use activities of First Nations peoples; behavioral economics of peoples involved in co-management of resources; non-market signals of resource scarcity; international trade of forest products; forest tenure; and social choice theory and forest management.


Ulli Krull
Professor
Interim Vice-President and Principal, UTM

Chemistry (CPS)

Office: DV3205-D
Email: ulrich.krull@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/cps/faculty-staff/krull-ulrich-j

Professor Krull’s research interests include nanotechnology and fluidics for bioassays, which can be applied to the measurement and monitoring of concentrations of substances in the natural environment that may affect living organisms.


Nicole Laliberté
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Geography

Office: DV3262
Email: nicole.laliberte@utoronto.ca
Website: http://sites.utm.utoronto.ca/laliberte/

Professor Laliberté’s research interests and teaching include topics at the intersection of geography, feminist theory, ecofeminism, and critical development studies. Her studies of systems of violence and non-violent strategies to address violence include research into the intersections of militarism, development, and human rights in post-war northern Uganda, as well as violence in institutions of higher learning in North America.


Igor Lehnherr
Assistant Professor
Geography and Institute for Management and Innovation (MScSM Program)

Office: DV3281
Email: igor.lehnherr@utoronto.ca
Website: http://sites.utm.utoronto.ca/lehnherr/

Professor Lehnherr’s research interests and teaching include biogeochemistry; environmental chemistry; limnology and oceanography; stable-isotope applications; climate change; contaminants, especially mercury. His research aims to understand the impacts of stressors such as contaminants, nutrients, and climate and environmental change on northern (Arctic, boreal, and alpine) aquatic ecosystems.


Joseph Leydon
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Associate Chair, Department of Geography

Geography

Office: 3252
Email: joseph.leydon@utoronto.ca
Website: http://geography.utoronto.ca/profiles/joseph-leydon/

Professor Leydon’s research interests and teaching include the regional geography of North America; colonial North America and the Caribbean; population dynamics; and marketing geography and retail analysis.


Kent Moore
Professor
Physics (CPS)

Office: DV4038
Email: gwk.moore@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/cps/faculty-staff/moore-kent

Professor Moore’s research interests include high-latitude climate dynamics, mountain meteorology, and high-altitude physiology. He uses theoretical, computational, and observational techniques to improve our knowledge of the dynamics of the climate system, through field work in the Arctic, Greenland, and the Himalaya. 


Amy Mui
Lecturer
Geography

Office: DV3247
Email: amy.mui@utoronto.ca
Website: http://sites.utm.utoronto.ca/amymui/

Professor Mui’s research interests and teaching include building models to predict suitable habitat and movement patterns for species at risk, using satellite remote sensing imagery and GIS. Her current work on freshwater turtles in southern Ontario wetlands investigates temporal and spatial changes in habitat use, and how this can be used to improve ground-level conservation practices.


Scott Munro
Professor Emeritus
Geography

Email: scott.munro@utoronto.ca
Website: http://geography.utoronto.ca/profiles/scott-munro/

Professor Munro’s research interests include microclimatology, energy exchange, and modelling of glacier response to climate; and hydroclimatology of wetlands. Professor Munro is retired and only teaches on an occasional basis.


Trevor Porter
Assistant Professor
Geography

Office: DV3280
Email: trevor.porter@utoronto.ca
Website: https://tjporter.wordpress.com/

Professor Porter’s research interests and teaching include northern paleoenvironmental change over recent centuries to millions of years. He specializes in reconstructing the past from natural proxies such as tree-rings, leaf waxes, ice-rich permafrost, and the stable isotopes they contain. Most of this work is based in N.W. Canada and Alaska.


Stanka Radović
Associate Professor
English

Office: EH310D
Email: stanka.radovic@utoronto.ca

Professor Radović’s research interests and teaching focus on the intersections of postcolonial literature and theories of space and environment. She is particularly concerned with the role of literary imagination in shaping or challenging social space and identity. She teaches courses on postcolonial literature, transnational space and identity, tourism, Marxist approaches to spatial theory, and intersections of postcolonial and environmental criticism.


Christoph Richter
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
Biology

Office: DV3006
Email: christoph.richter@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/biology/people/richter-christoph

Professor Richter’s research interests and teaching focus on in marine science and zoology, including investigating the impacts of whale watching activities on male sperm whales in New Zealand and Canada. His current pedagogical research focuses on undergraduate students’ knowledge of, and attitudes towards, the theory of evolution; scientific literacy; the use of long-term databases in undergraduate teaching; and the use of graphical tools to improve learning.


Stephen Scharper
Associate Professor
Anthropology

Office: HSC358
Email: stephen.scharper@utoronto.ca
Website: http://religion.utoronto.ca/people/cross-appointed-faculty/stephen-scharper/

Professor Scharper’s research interests include environmental ethics, environmental worldviews; liberation theology and ecology; religions and environmentalism; and ecological worldviews. Recently he has written on the importance of water, not just as a precious resource, but as a vital element, foundational to all life.


David Smith
Associate Professor
Anthropology

Office: HSC348
Email: dg.smith@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/anthropology/faculty-staff/smith-david-g

Professor Smith’s research interests focus on the prehistoric cultures of northeastern North America and the Caribbean, specifically the origins of agriculture in the Northeast Woodlands, environmental archaeology in tropical and continental regions, and archaeological method and theory.


Soo Min Toh
Associate Professor
Institute for Management and Innovation (MScSM and MMPA Programs) and Rotman School of Management

Office: KN223
Email: soomin.toh@utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/management/people/toh-soo-min

Professor Toh’s research interests and teaching focus on organizational behavior and human resources management. Her work explores different types of culture, intercultural relations, women global leadership, and knowledge sharing, often in the context of multinational organizations. She also coordinates the research paper course for the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management, and supervises projects aimed at understanding the adoption of corporate sustainability practices.


Alan Walks
Associate Professor
Geography

Office: DV3258
Email: alan.walks@utoronto.ca
Website: http://geog.utm.utoronto.ca/walks/

Professor Walks’ research interests and teaching include urban political geography and the politics of planning, including urban space and planning for urban change; urban social and economic polarization and inequality; and urban and suburban development, including urbanism and suburbanism, metropolitan planning, and the geography of housing and homelessness.


Kathleen Wilson
Professor
Chair, Department of Geography
Geography

Office: DV3283
Email: kathi.wilson@utoronto.ca
Website: http://sites.utm.utoronto.ca/kwilson/

Professor Wilson’s research interests and teaching include understanding the links between health and place, especially inequalities in health and access to health care as they pertain to Aboriginal populations and recent immigrants, and linkages between health and place. Her research has a strong emphasis on community-based, collaborative research.