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Federal funds support campus research projects

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 8:44am
Carla DeMarco
Over $3M in grant funding coming to researchers at UofT Mississauga from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada

Image of Professor Lindsay SchoenbohmProfessor Lindsay Schoenbohm in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences is one of 17 recent recipients of NSERC funding at UofT Mississauga. She will receive $305,000 from 2020-25 to support her Discovery Grant project, “Wind, Water & Ice: How Erosion Interacts with Climate and Tectonics to Shape the Landscape.” 

“This research program will go a long way to advance our understanding of how climate and tectonics interact to shape how mountains change and grow over time. We will be paying particular attention to the unique imprint of wind and ice on the landscape,” says Schoenbohm. 

She says over the next five years, when travel is possible again, this project will include fieldwork in Argentina, Nepal and the Canadian Rockies, and it will involve GIS software, as well as support the training of at least 25 graduate and undergraduate students. 

“I also have a strong international and multidisciplinary collaboration, and over the last several years I have built one of the only groups in Canada that is investigating climate-tectonic interactions using the tools of structural geology, tectonics, and geomorphology. In this next phase of the project, I will take my program deeper into this topic in a more statistically considerate way, making real advances in understanding how the collision of tectonic plates build up mountains, while at the same time, erosion by rivers, glaciers and even wind tears them back down,” says Schoenbohm.

The NSERC Discovery Grants Program provides support for ongoing research with long term operating funds and long-term goals, fostering research excellence and recognizing the innovation and creativity that are the foundation of all research advances.

Along with Schoenbohm, the following UTM faculty members also received NSERC Discovery Grants for their respective projects for a combined total of a nearly $3.1 million influx to support their work:

Department of Anthropology

  • David Samson, Activity around the clock: The evolution of sleep in human and non-human primates
  • Lauren Schroeder, Reconstructing evolutionary process in hominin evolution

Department of Biology

  • Ingo Ensminger, Assessing and understanding tree responses to changing climate from gene to canopy scale
  • John Ratcliffe, Cognitive ecology of predatory bats and sound-producing prey
  • Robert Reisz, Patterns of diversification in terrestrial vertebrate evolution
  • Bryan Stewart, Genetic Analysis of Neuromuscular Synaptic Structure and Function
  • Brandon Walters, The Role of mRNA Methylation in Learning and Memory

Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences

  • Kent Moore, High Latitude Air-Sea-Ice Dynamics and Interactions
  • Voula Kanelis, Studies of how disordered regions, post-translational processing, and protein interactions affect the structure, dynamics, and activity of ABC transporters
  • Jumi Shin, Incorporating intrinsically disordered regions into rationally designed proteins that target DNA

Department of Geography

  • Timothy Duval, Hydrological control points of biogeochemical cycling in suburbanizing stream corridors

Department of Language Studies

  • Jessamyn Schertz, Examining the perception-production link in speech processing through the lens of accent imitation

Department of Management

  • Ningyuan Chen, Leveraging Machine Learning in Modern Revenue Management

Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

  • Lueder Kahrs, Image analysis of topology changes for laser-based soft material processing

Department of Psychology

  • Craig Chambers, Integrative mechanisms in human-human and human-robot communication across the adult lifespan
  • Samuel Ronfard, Cognitive processes underlying the development of possibility judgements about improbable events: Studies with children and adults.

In addition, Matthew Adams in the Department of Geography was awarded a Research Tools & Instruments grant to support his work in “Ion Chromatography for Environmental Analysis.

“After the challenges we have faced as researchers over the past few months with the coronavirus situation, it is fantastic to receive this great news of funding to the campus,” says Kent Moore, UTM Vice-Principal, Research, and also one of this year’s grant recipients. He extends his congratulations to all the grantees undertaking exceptional programs of research on the U of T Mississauga campus.