Patrick Braszak

Patrick Braszak
PhD Student

Contact:, @BraszakPatrick
Supervisor: Dr. Andrea Olive
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario



Research and Professional Interests

I am a Ph.D. student in Human Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. My interests revolve around issues concerning wildlife conservation, with past research focusing upon animal behaviour in South Africa as well as transboundary conservation in North America. My current research explores questions of crime, deviance and compliance pertaining to the illicit wildlife trade in Canada.

Why Geography at UTM?

I first joined Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga as a Master’s student in 2016. Initially, I had been attracted to the university in general because of its renowned reputation, and the department in particular by the generous financial support it offered graduate students as well as the work of my supervisor, Dr. Andrea Olive.

I decided to stay at UTM for my PhD because of the excellent relationships that I had developed with my supervisor, the faculty members in the department and with other graduate students. Dr. Olive was incredibly supportive throughout the entire research process while other faculty members were quick to offer their own advice, and at times, work opportunities. The graduate geography cohort has also grown to be a strong, close group thanks in large part to the many talks and activities that the department organizes.

Honours and Awards

  • 2017-2018. Graduate Expansion Fund
  • 2017-2018. University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) – Tuition Award
  • 2017-2018. University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) – Stipend Award
  • 2016-2017. Graduate Expansion Fund
  • 2016-2017. University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) – Tuition Award
  • 2016-2017. University of Toronto Fellowship (UTF) – Stipend Award
  • 2016-2017. Royal Bank of Canada Graduate Fellowship in Public or Economic Policy
  • 2016-2017. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship – Declined.

Publications and Presentations

Journal Articles

Braszak P. 2017. The Royal Navy’s blockade system 1793-1805: A tactical paradox. Journal of Undergraduate Research. 8: 35-40.


1. Social Movement Theory and Transboundary Conservation in Eastern North America: A Case Study of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative. 2017. University of Toronto at Mississauga. Master’s Thesis. Supervisor: Dr. Andrea Olive

  • 2019. Symposium on Biosecurity and Transnational Crime – Participant. Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR), Toronto, Canada.
  • 2018. Saskatchewan’s Representative Area Network and the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative: Evaluating policy landscapes for connectivity at different scales within North America. The North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) Biannual Meeting, Toronto, Canada
  • 2018. Silenced howls of the Frontenac Arch: The Nature Needs Half Movement in theory and practice. UTM Graduate Research Colloquium, Mississauga, Canada
  • 2018. Silenced howls: The Nature Needs Half in theory and practice. American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, United States
  • 2017. The future of protected area networks in North America: An Algonquin to Adirondacks (A2A) case study. UTM Graduate Geography Department Presentation, Mississauga, Canada
  • 2017. Silenced howls: Algonquin wolves and the A2A. Canadian Association of Geographers – Ontario Division (CAGONT) Annual Conference, Kingston, Canada
  • 2017. Large scale transboundary conservation: Current and future research. UTM Graduate Geography Department Presentation, Mississauga, Canada