Other Instructors & Sessional Lecturers

The following are brief biographies of 2014-15 Instructors and Sessional Lecturers  (in addition to appointed faculty) teaching graduate and undergraduate courses offered by the School of the Environment.   For distance education instructors, please visit: http://learn.environment.utoronto.ca/home/distance-education/instructor-profiles.aspx

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2014-15 INSTRUCTORS (Ph.D. candidates or faculty with primary appointments at University of Toronto):

Bridget Bergquist, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, U of T. ENV 233H Earth Systems Chemistry. The primary aim of Dr. Bergquist’s research is to increase our understanding of biogeochemical cycles of metals that are important for life on Earth and how these cycles have evolved over time through the use of trace metal and stable isotope geochemistry.  Specifically, she researches the iron cycle of the ocean, mercury biogeochemical cycling and bioaccumulation, and calcium weathering and transport.  

Jessica D’eon, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, U of T. ENV 233H Earth Systems Chemistry.  Dr. D’eon’s research is on the disposition of xenobiotic chemicals both in the environment and the body. Her focus is on the oxidation of fluorinated alcohols to fluorinated aldehydes via alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzymes in order to better understand the toxicological significance of the fluorinated aldehydes. Her PhD is in Chemistry and the Environmental Studies collaborative program at U of T.

Andrew Drake, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Biological Sciences, U of T Scarborough; ENV 316H Lab & Field Methods in Environmental Science. Dr. Drake’s research involves quantifying human-mediated change in aquatic ecosystems, drawing on principles from landscape ecology, ecological risk assessment, and natural resource management.  Current projects involve agent-based approaches to understand species invasions and simulation modeling to explore harvest dynamics in mixed-stock fisheries. 

Sarah Finkelstein, Associate Prof., Dept. of Earth Sciences, U of T; ENV 316H Lab & Field Methods in Environmental Science. Dr Finkelstein and her group study paleo-climates and the drivers of long-term ecological change by analysing lake and wetland sediment records. Projects span Arctic to tropical biomes, and time periods from Pleistocene interglacials to recent times. Paleoenvironmental records are critical to understanding and responding to anthropogenic environmental change, and to predicting future impacts.  

A.P. Lino Grima, Associate Professor (retired), Geography, U of T; ENV 1703H Water Resource Management and Policy. Dr. Grima has taught environmental/water resources management at the University of Toronto since 1972. His research and advocacy of Great Lakes water quantity and quality issues go back to the 1970s. He has published over 60 scientific papers and several books on natural resources and environmental management. He has also served as a consultant for public and private bodies.

Mark Hathaway, Ph.D. candidate, OISE UT/Environment; ENV 333H Ecological Worldviews. Mr. Hathaway is a Ph.D. candidate in Adult Education and Community Development (OISE/UT) and the School of the Environment.  He researches the relationship between adult transformative learning, ecological worldviews, and engagement for sustainability. He co-wrote The Tao of Liberation (Orbis, 2009). He has extensive experience in social and ecological justice issues in Canada and Latin America.

Barbara Murck, Senior Lecturer, Geography, U of T Mississauga; ENV 395Y Special Topics Field Course. Ecology and Conservation in the Andes, Western Amazonia & Galápagos (Summer).  Dr. Murck received her undergraduate degree from Princeton U. and her Ph.D. in Geology from U of T. She has focused on international development, through environmental manage-ment projects in Africa, China, and SE Asia. She is an award-winning lecturer (President’s Teaching Award 2010) and has written many books in geology and environmental science.  

Jennifer Murphy, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, U of T ENV 316H Lab & Field Methods in Environmental Science. Dr. Murphy’s research group applies state-of-the-science analytical techniques to address issues including urban air quality, climate change, acid precipitation, and ecosystem function. Their focus is on field measurements, particularly of reactive nitrogen compounds, that can be used to evaluate our understanding of the rates and mechanisms of chemical transformations in the environment. 

James Nugent, Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Geography, U of T; JGE 331H Resource & Environmental Theory. Mr. Nugent is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at U of T.  He examines the responses of trade unions to the current dual ecological and economic crisis viewed through climate change politics and the dawn of the “green economy”. He is also interested in biological conservation through an environmental justice lens and in the (re)production of environmental ideologies. 

Christoph Richter, Lecturer, Dept. of Biology, U of T Mississauga; ENV 395Y Special Topics Field Course. Ecology and Conservation in the Andes, Western Amazonia & Galápagos. Dr. Richter has taught courses on ecology, animal behaviour, vertebrate biology, marine mammalogy, biological diversity, and statistics.  He earned a MSc from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a PhD from Otago University, New Zealand, studying human impacts on cetaceans. He is co-author of a new ecology textbook. 

Alex TevlinPhD candidate, Dept. of Chemisty, U of T; ENV 233H Earth Systems Chemistry. Ms. Tevlin’s research focuses on processes governing the fate and impacts of ammonia in the atmosphere.  She uses field measurements and analysis of long-term datasets to investigate trends in the surface-atmosphere and gas-particle partitioning of atmospheric ammonia, in order to better understand the influence of ammonia on inorganic particulate matter formation, aerosol neutralisation, and nitrogen deposition. 

Susana Wadgymar, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U of T; ENV 234H Environmental Biology. Ms. Wadgymar’s research examines the circumstances under which a plant’s responses to climate change may be beneficial or adaptive, and how this might ultimately influence the evolution of life history traits. For example, evaluating responses within differing communities, and under specific combinations of abiotic and biotic conditions. 

Sarah Wakefield, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Programme in Planning; JGE 1413H Workshop in Environmental Assessment.  Dr. Wakefield’ s current research explores community and policy responses to food insecurity and food system sustainability concerns at a variety of scales, from the local to the global. She is interested in critical social theory and its application to food system and environmental health/justice issues.  

Kaley Walker
, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, U of T; ENV 237H/238H Physics of the Changing Environment.  Dr. Walker’s research group uses spectroscopy and remote sounding techniques to study the composition and chemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere. They use instruments on the ground as well as those carried by balloons and satellites. These atmospheric composition measurements are the data needed to investigate stratospheric ozone depletion, tropospheric air pollution and climate change.



Jane Ambachtsheer,  Adjunct Professor & Sessional Lecturer, School of the Environment; ENV 1707H Environmental Finance and Sustainable Investing. Ms. Ambachtsheer is a Partner of Mercer, based in Toronto. She leads Mercer’s global responsible investment business, and consults to North American and international investors. She was a consultant to the United Nations and is a global advisor to the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Carlos AvendanoSessional Lecturer; JEE 337H Human Interactions with the Environment. Dr. Avendano is an Associate Professor, School of Biology, San Carlos University, Guatemala.  His research interests integrate earth sciences, landscape ecology and rural development.  He has developed research projects with Mayan Villages in the tropical lowlands and cloud forest highlands of Guatemala. He is developing a research laboratory in Guatemala by bringing together a group of international collaborators.

Brad Bass, Sessional Lecturer; ENV 299Y Research Opportunity Program. Dr. Bass is a member of the Environment Canada’s Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative team. His research interests include best management practices and policies for limiting phosphorus loads from urban areas, green infrastructure, modelling phosphorus flows with fuzzy cognitive maps, ecological and socio-economic simulation with emergent computing, and community energy systems planning.

Russ Houldin Sessional Lecturer; ENV 323H Ontario Environmental Policy; ENV 347H Power of Economic Ideas. Mr. Houldin has worked, mainly as a policy adviser, in the Ontario Public Service for over 30 years in a variety of Ministries.  He is currently a senior adviser to the Ontario Energy Board. His interests include environmental and ecological economics; sustainable electricity systems; environmental and economic regulation; and Ontario environmental policy.

Ayaz Hyder, Research Associate, Dalla Lalla School of Public Health, U of T; ENV 4001H Environment and Health Seminars. Dr. Hyder is a computational epidemiologist with an interest in children’s environmental health, infectious diseases, cancer, and health services research. His current projects include microsimulation models of esophageal cancer, residential mobility patterns in pregnant women, and complex predictive models integrating risk factors for development of childhood asthma. 

Susan McGeachie, Adjunct Professor & Sessional Lecturer, School of the Environment; ENV 1707H Environmental Finance and Sustainable Investing.  Ms. McGeachie develops sustainability-related governance and management models for clients with Deloitte's Sustainability and Climate Change practice. Her experience includes developing corporate sustainability strategies and change management models, and analysing the environmental, social and governance performance of large cap stocks.  She is a member of the School’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee.

Paul Muldoon, Adjunct Professor & Sessional Lecturer, School of the Environment; ENV 422H/1701H Environmental Law.  Mr. Muldoon is the Vice-Chair at the Environmental Review Tribunal, a body that adjudicates appeals, applications and referrals under 12 statutes.  Prior to this, he was the Executive Director at the Canadian Environmental Law Association.  He has graduate degrees from McMaster University and McGill University and has co-written two books on Canadian environmental law and policy.

Christopher Ollson
, Sessional Lecturer; ENV 1704 Environmental Risk Analysis and Management. Dr. Ollson is VP Strategic Development with Intrinsik Environmental Sciences, Mississauga. He has been practicing in the field of environ-mental risk and toxicology for 15 years and has an active research program in the oral bio-availability of contaminants and potential health effects associated with living in proximity to wind turbines. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor, Royal Military College of Canada.

David Pond, Sessional Lecturer; ENV 221 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Environment.  Dr. Pond teaches environmental politics, Canadian politics and public policy in the Department of Political Science at U of T, at both the Mississauga and St. George campuses.  His most recent publication is a comparative study of the federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (Canadian Study of Parliament Group, 2010).   

Roberta Rice, Sessional Lecturer, ENV 451H Current Environmental Topics. Dr. Rice’s research focus is Indigenous politics. She currently holds a standard research grant with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for a comparative project on Indigenous rights and representation in Canada and Latin America. Her cases include the Yukon and Nunavut in Canada and Ecuador and Bolivia in Latin America. She has published extensively on the topic. 

David Sider, Sessional Lecturer; ENV 307 Urban Sustainability, ENV 421H Environmental Research, ENV 440H Professional Experience Course. Dr. Sider received his Ph.D. in Geography and Environment at U of T, for which he carried out his fieldwork in India, focusing on community-based approaches to water supply, sanitation, and solid waste management in low-income urban settlements.  He has also worked with environmental organizations in Nicaragua, Malaysia, and Canada.

Anna Stanley, Sessional Lecturer; ENV 223H Fundamental Environmental Skills. Dr. Stanley is Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography and Program in Planning at U of T. Her research focuses on the cultural politics of environment and on connections between colonialism and the political economy of contemporary resource extraction in Canada. She has worked with a variety of Indigenous organizations and communities on a number of policy issues. 

Keith StewartSessional Lecturer; ENV 350H Energy Policy and Environment.  Mr. Stewart has worked as an energy policy analyst and advocate for various non-profit groups for over a decade and currently works for Greenpeace Canada where he promotes the efficient use of renewable energy. He is the co-author of the book Hydro: The Decline and Fall of Ontario’s Electric Empire and author of numerous articles, reports and op eds on climate change policy and politics.

Romila Verma, Sessional Lecturer; ENV200 Assessing Global Change: Science & the Environment.  Dr. Verma is an Environmental and Physical Geographer. She has worked on Canadian and International issues including Ontario’s source water protection plan, impact of weather variables on municipal water use, indicators of environmental change in Lake Simcoe, and hydrological parameters in Mahanadi river basin in India. Current interest is finding a sustainable solution to water crisis in Sahel region of Africa.

Erich Vogt, Sessional Lecturer; ENV 322H International Environmental Policy, ENV 451H Current Environmental Debates.  Dr. Vogt’s interests address the policies and politics of climate change, contemporary international environmental issues and global governance innovations. He has taught at George Washington University and American University in Washington, D.C. and was IUCN’s senior multilateral policy advisor and managing editor of World Bank-incubated Development Gateway.

Sheila Waite-Chuah, Sessional Lecturer; ENV 335H Environmental Design.  Ms. Waite-Chuah has been teaching environ-mental/sustainable design for 15 years.  Her interest in sustainable design is intimately linked with sustainable development, in both local and global contexts.  She received a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.  She also teaches sustainable design and is Coordinator for the Sustainability Office at the Ontario College of Arts and Design University.