Jenny Siliang Cui

Jenny Siliang Cui

PhD Student Dr. Matthew Adams, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

My current research focuses on near-road air pollution in Ontario. One of the transportation-related air pollution aspects is its dispersion adjacent to freeways since twenty-eight percent of the Ontario population live near highways and major roads. My study tries to understand how roadside vegetation barriers affect ambient air pollution concentrations in areas near major roads. There are two objectives of my research. The first one is to determine the influence of roadside structures on local nitrogen oxides, ozone, and particulate matter. The second one is to identify the optimal green barriers that can reduce near-road air pollution. The result of my study will help urban planners, engineers, and scientists explore feasible and cost-effective roadside structures to reduce pollution dispersion near freeways.  

Why Geography at UTM? 

I chose Geography at UTM for my Ph.D. Study because I am interested in Dr. Matthew Adams’ research on air pollution and environmental GIS. The research topic for my doctoral program is also a continuation of my Undergraduate and Masters’ studies on urban air pollution. In my current study, I can further enhance my computational skills and analytical laboratory skills. Meanwhile, the Department offered frequent workshops and seminars. These developmental opportunities can foster my verbal communication skills and writing skills.  I can always receive immediate assistance from IT support, administrative support, and library services. From these encouraging academic environments, I can put my academic skills into practice and seek the edge in research.   


  • Cui, S and Liu, J. Presented a poster entitled “Characteristics of Smog in Ontario”, 51th Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) Congress, Future Earth: Weather, Oceans, Climate, 2018.
  • Cui, S. and Liu, J. Presented a poster entitled “Air Pollution Episodes in Summer over Southern Ontario, Canada”. Earth Science, 2013, 2nd International Conference on Earth Science & Climate Change. Las Vegas, July 22 – 24, 2013.
  • Liu, J. and Cui, S. Presented an oral presentation entitled “Climatological Influences on the Interannual and Seasonal Variations of Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) across Southern Ontario, Canada”. Earth Science, 2013, 2nd International Conference on Earth Science & Climate Change. Las Vegas, July 22 – 24, 2013.
  • Liu, J and Cui, S. Presented a poster entitled "Health Effects of Particulate Matter and Its Variation over Canadian Cities" in a full – day health and wellness event: "Health in the City", sponsored by the University of Toronto Mississauga, 2012.


  • Liu, J and Cui, S. Meteorological influences on seasonal variations of fine particulate matter in cities over Ontario. Advances in Meteorology. 2014


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Matthew Adams


PhD Student - University of Toronto
MSc - University of Toronto
HBSc - University of Toronto