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Research Opportunities for Prospective Students

Supervisor Name
Research Interests
Specific Projects
Julia Lu
Through chemical speciation of elements in the natural environment to study biogeochemistry of these elements and air, soil, water quality.  
Sognian Li
Geospatial information systems, environmental modeling with GIS, public-participated GIS and spatial decision-making in environmental impact assessment, geospatially-integrated environmental management systems, 3D GIS for land-surface-subsurface modeling, urban solar energy modeling and mapping, geospatially-enabled SDGs.  
Claire Oswald
Watershed hydrology, water quality  
Fatih Sekercioglu
climate change and built environments, water and air quality, food safety and security, emergency response, helth inequities, public policy  
Tony Hernandez
Environment & Business Real Estate/Urban Planning and Environment Consumer-related issues to the Environment  
Carolyn Johns
environmental policy; water governance; water policy; law, policy, regulation Environmental policy, water governance, and water policy generally and specifically related to transboundary regions and the Great Lakes.
Chun-Yip Hon
Occupational health, workplace safety, exposure assessments, evaluation of interventions in the workplace, risk assessments  
Eric Vaz
Spatial analysis; Archaeology; Heritage preservation; History; Business Geography; Geomarketing; GIS; Regional Science; Complex Spatial Modelling  
Sognian Li Geospatial information systems, environmental modeling with GIS, public-participated GIS and spatial decision-making in environmental impact assessment, geospatially-integrated environmental management systems, 3D GIS for land-surface-subsurface modeling, urban solar energy modeling and mapping, geospatially-enabled SDGs.  
Bala Venkatesh
Energy Systems, Energy Storage, Renewables, Electric Vehicles, Smart Grids, Electric Power Systems.  
Claire Oswald Watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, water quality, landscape spatial analyses, urban and urbanizing environments.  
Ian Young
Public health, epidemiology, environmental health, water quality, food safety, vector-borne diseases  
Thomas Tenkate Environmental health, occupational health and safety, exposure assessment, health risk assessment, risk management, public and worker exposure to UV radiation (including the sun), chemical safety management.  
Ehsan Behzadfar Sustaianle design and processing of complex materials; polymers; rheology; complex fluids
Christopher Gore
climate adaptation and mitigation in low-income countries; urban agriculture and food systems; municipalities or cities and climate change; electricity provision (renewable and non-renewable) in low-income countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa; environmental and urban governance in low-income countries  
Claus Rinner
GIS, cartography, participatory mapping, geospatial analysis, decision support Flexible, depending on student's interest in any one of my research areas
Jonghun (Jay) Park
Sustainable packaging systems and design (especially for e-commerce), Packaging distribution and logistics, Life cycle assessment on packaging waste management scenarios, Packaging dynamics The project title is "evaluating returnable packaging systems for sustainable e-commerce supply chains." The key objectives of this project are: (a) investigating the environmental sustainability of returnable/reusable packaging systems used as part of e-commerce retail supply chains in Canada using life cycle assessments, and (b) executing field studies to identify and measure hazards (e.g., shock and vibration) in distribution environments in e-commerce supply chains.
Roxana Suehring The research of the Environmental Chemistry Lab focuses on the analysis of fate and behavior of plastic-associated organic contaminants in the aquatic environment. Our research involves the development of novel analytical methods for the detection of plastic-associated contaminants, investigation of environmental transport pathways, as well as the re-evaluation of risk assessment strategies for these contaminants.  
Julia Lu
Analytical chemistry Environmental studies  
Kernaghan Webb
Innovative approaches to addressing corporate environmental impacts, both by government and also non-state actors (e.g., business self regulation, community/non-governmental organization monitoring, agreements, and multi-stakeholder certification standards.  
Eric Liberda
Environmental health, Toxicology, Indigenous Health, Inhalation Toxicology, Risk Assessment, Machine Learning, Chronic Diseases  
Roxana Suehring Analysis of fate and behaviour of emerging organic contaminants in the aquatic environment, advanced mass-spectrometry, analytical method development, drinking water security, contamination in Arctic environments, microplastic analysis, spatial analysis, fate and transport models, environmental risk analysis, multiple-stressor analysis, transdisciplinary environmental research

Project Title: “Developing an environmental forensic fingerprinting tool to identify microplastic sources to the environment using convolutional neural networks”

Description of Project: Microplastics are ubiquitous in the abiotic environment, animals, and humans. Existing research efforts to track specific local emission sources of microplastics have not been successful in providing enough detailed information to inform emission reduction, mitigation measures, or polluter accountability. The main barrier for such targeted emission reduction is the lack of knowledge over which tools can effectively determine the source of microplastics generated from different products, producers, and applications.

In this PhD project, the successful candidate will work with an international team of analytical chemists, forensic scientists, and statisticians to develop computational statistical fingerprinting methods (based on convolutional neural networks) to identify the sources of different microplastics in a local environment.

Requirements: We are looking for an outstanding graduate student who has a master’s degree in statistics, data science, physics, or a related field. The successful candidate should be comfortable in analyzing large datasets using R or Python. Experience in the development of Convolutional Neural Networks is a strong asset.  In-depth chemistry knowledge is not required for the position.

Members of underrepresented groups (Aboriginal, women, racialized people, LGBTQ2S and persons with disabilities) are highly encouraged to apply.

Location: Toronto, Canada
Application Deadline: Monday, May 17, 2021
Start Date: September 2021

To Apply: Please email Roxana Suehring, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University at with a cover letter and your CV/resume.

Michal Bardecki Sustainability; corporate social responsibility; interdisciplinarity in environmental education; media and the environment; Nepal  
Umberto Berardi
climate changes in cities - green communities CRC on urban energy maps
Jonghun (Jay) Park Sustainable packaging system and design; Life cycle assessment Evaluation and Optimization of Packaging Systems and Design for Circular Economy
Ian Young Food safety, water quality, environmental public health, socio-behavioural research Various projects in the above-mentioned areas could be available depending on external grant funding at time of application
Yaser Dahman
Experimental work: novel biofuel production Hydrothermal Synthesis of biocrude oil
Songnian Li
Geospatial information systems, environmental modeling with GIS, geoinformation for SDG, public-participated GIS, spatial decision-making in environmental impact assessment  
Lesley Campbell Evolutionary Ecology of Plants, Population Biology, Urban Agriculture, Risk Assessment of Chemically Novel Plants on Agricultural Landscapes, Pollination Biology Project 1: We will examine how environment influences plant gender expression and fitness. Project 2: We will map pollination hotspots within urban agricultural environments.
Rachel Dodds tourism, sustainable tourism, urban sustainability  
Fatih Sekercioglu
Climate change, water and air quality, COVID-19 pandemic effects on public health programs and policies Challenges and Opportunities in the Operation of Pools during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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