School of the Environment Research Day 2019

When and Where

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 12:15 pm to 6:00 pm
Faculty Club
41 Willcocks St. Toronto ON


Held during Earth Week, the School of the Environment’s Research Day 2019 showcases faculty and graduate research on a broad range of environmental issues affecting the planet. Join us for a series of talks that will investigate the impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, plastics pollution, and the health of communities.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is Required. Please register on Eventbrite here:




12:45    Opening Remarks:

STEVE EASTERBROOK, Director, School of the Environment; Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto.

12:50    Keynote Speaker: KATE NEVILLE, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, and School of the Environment, University of Toronto.

Fractious Fuels: The Politics of Energy Production for a Low-Carbon Future


Session 1: Communities and their Well-being

1:30      JOAQUIN BARDALLO BANDERA, Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Department of Political Science and the School of the Environment.

Natural Resource Exploitation and Abundance and the Linkages with Social Well-Being Regimes: An Analysis of (Broken) Dreams in Latin America

1:55      ESTHER LAMBERT, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography and Planning and the School of the Environment.

Exploring the Full Spectrum of Social Protection Actors/Providers After an Extreme Weather Event: The Case of Tropical Storm Erika in Dominica


Session 2: Experiencing the Environment

2:20      COSMIN MARMUREANU, Ph.D. Candidate, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the School of the Environment.

Examining the Relationship Between Vegetation and Student Achievement

2:45      MEAGHAN WEATHERDON, Ph.D. Candidate, Department for the Study of Religion and the School of the Environment.

Mapping the Land on Foot: Walking as a Performative and Embodied Cartography in the Journey of Nishiiyuu

3:10      BREAK (Primrose Room, across the hall)


Session 3: Pollution and its Consequences

3:25      JON OBNAMIA, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the School of the Environment.

Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Biofuels: An Engineering and Policy Perspective

3:50      ARIOLA VISHA, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Department of Physical and Environmental Science, UTSC, and the School of the Environment.

Assessment of the Integrity of Fish Communities in the Great Lakes Area: A Bayesian Perspective

4:15      Keynote Speaker: CHELSEA M. ROCHMAN, Assistant Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto.

The Effects of Plastics in our Aquatic Environment




6:00      END OF PROGRAM


41 Willcocks St. Toronto ON