Mitchell Bonney

Mitchell Bonney

PhD Candidate Dr. Yuhong He, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

My current research involves using long-term remote sensing data (e.g., Landsat, aerial photography) and extensive ground validation (e.g., hemispherical photographs, forest inventory, dendrochronology) to monitor forest changes across the urban-rural transition (e.g., Region of Peel and the Credit Valley Watershed). My research interests include (a) using remote sensing and field data to understand vegetation changes across time in complex transitional landscapes (i.e., forest-tundra, urban-rural etc.) and (b) determining the drivers behind those changes. Furthermore, my work is heavily applied in nature and I work closely with local environmental and municipal agencies (e.g., Credit Valley Conservation, City of Mississauga).

I enjoy teaching and would be happy to use my PhD experience to start an academic career. I also have an interest in science outreach and working with young students. This has manifested in me becoming a coordinator for the UTM site of Let’s Talk Science, which inspires K-12 students across the Region of Peel. Finally, I also would be happy to start a career outside academics, such as working for an environmental organization or municipal government (e.g., urban forestry). We shall see where the next few years take me!

Why Geography at UTM?

I chose UTM for my Ph.D. because of its top-of-the-line facilities, great financial support, and quality professors who can contribute to my research.

Honours and Awards

  • 2019 – 2021: NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship-Doctoral (PGSD)
  • 2020: Mitacs Research Training Award
  • 2020: Community Engaged Learning – Collaboration Award, Centre for Student Engagement
  • 2019 – 2020 CUE Research Fund
  • 2019 Graduate Student Service and Leadership Award, Department of Geography at UTM
  • 2019 – 2021 NSERC (PGSD)
  • 2018-2019 Oscar J. Marshall Fellowship (x2)
  • 2018 CGCS Graduate Research Award
  • 2018 UTM Graduate Research Colloquium – Best Oral Presentation Award
  • 2017-2018 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2017 CRSS National Best Master’s Thesis
  • 2016 Queen’s Geography Merit Award
  • 2013 – 2015 Regent Scholarship Award (x3)


  • Bonney, M.T., He, Y., & Myint, S. (2020). Contextualizing the 2019-20 Australian bushfires: Quantifying landscape-level influences on past severity and recovery with Landsat and Google Earth Engine. Submitted to ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. (IF: 7.3)
  • Bonney, M. T., & He, Y. (2019). Attributing drivers to spatio-temporal changes in tree density across a suburbanizing landscape since 1944. Submitted to Landscape and Urban Planning. (IF: 5.4).
  • Bonney, M. T., Danby, R. K., & Treitz, P. M. (2018). Landscape variability of vegetation change across the forest to tundra transition of central Canada. Remote Sensing of Environment, 217, 18-29. (IF: 9.1).


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Yuhong He


PhD Student in Physical Geography – University of Toronto
MSc Geography – Queen’s University
HBA Environmental Geography, GIS and Political Science – University of Toronto