Daniel Serrano Cadena

Daniel Serrano Cadena

MSc Student Dr. Laura Brown, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

My research interests are lake ice climate interactions, regional climate trends, hydrological systems, and computer modeling. Currently, I am studying the effects of mid-winter rain on lake ice for lakes located in central Ontario. This is being done by incorporating the effects of rain into a lake ice computer model to understand how mid-winter rain affects freeze-up and break-up dates, ice thickness, and ice composition.

Why Geography, Geomatics and Environment at UTM?

I chose UTM for my MSc because of my undergraduate experience working with my supervisor Dr. Laura Brown. I saw how my research interests aligned with hers, as well as her amazing support throughout the research process. Moreover, I enjoy field work and working with The Cryosphere Research Lab, as it gives me the opportunity to go out and conduct frequent field work on lakes in Central Ontario. Lastly, UTM has a great group of graduate students and faculty that I was excited to be part of.


  • Serrano, D. & Brown, L.C. (April 13, 2019). Investigating Lake Ice Phenology from Time-Lapse Imagery. Poster presentation at the Canadian Geophysical Union Eastern Student Conference


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Laura Brown


MSc Student – University of Toronto
HBSc Environmental Science and Physics – University of Toronto Mississauga