MES Supervisors

Frequently Asked Questions about MES Supervisors


Christian Abizaid Conservation, livelihoods, food security, tropical forests, COVID-19 & environment
Simon Appolloni Social and environmental ethics, environmental epistemologies, ecoanxiety and pedagogies of hope, liberation philosophies, worldviews and beliefs, religion and environment
Michael Classens Food systems and sustainably-focused work
Meredith Franklin Analytical methods for using remote sensing data to characterize air quality and climate impacts from natural and anthropogenic sources
Alstan Jakubiec Environmental sustainability at building or urban scales, simulation
Teresa Kramarz Lithium, mining, and energy transitions
Vianey Leos Barajas Bayesian methods for analysis of shark detection data from acoustic receivers 
Hanna Morris Climate communication, climate activism and transnational movement-building, imagining alternative futures for a “just transition,” authoritarian politics and the climate crisis, climate art and visual culture
Hui Peng Toxicology and chemistry of chemical contaminants
John Robinson Urban Climate Action Project
Robert Soden Climate and disaster models/data
Nicole Spiegelaar Environmental psychology, phenology, agroecology, ecosystem restoration, wild edible & medicinal harvesting
Clare Wiseman Non-exhaust emissions from traffic and implications for urban health
Debra Wunch Analyzing air pollution and greenhouse gas measurements
Tanhum Yoreh Faith-based environmentalism (e.g., environmental action in places of worship, Greening of Religion Hypothesis, environmental declarations, Jewish environmentalism, etc.), faith-based environmental ethics, religio-legal approaches to environmental protection.


For contact information, visit our MES Supervisor webpage. 

What questions should I ask my proposed supervisor?

When reaching out to your proposed supervisor, you are encouraged to share a few details on your academic and professional background, outline your research interests, and describe why you are interested in the MES program. In addition, below are a few guiding questions to discuss with potential supervisors:

•    Fit: Do my research interests/proposed topic align with your interests? Are you looking for students to support a specific research project? Or, will I be selecting my own topic that aligns with your expertise? 

•    Capacity: Are you currently taking on master’s students as supervisees? Are you looking to supervise or to be a thesis committee member?

•    Funding: Do you have research funding to support MES students? If so, are you able to provide any insight on what this funding entails?

•    Expectations: What are your expectations for me in terms of supporting your research project? How will your project/expertise shape my thesis? What do you anticipate the frequency of student-supervisor meetings to be?

•    Courses: What courses do you teach? 

Securing a supervisor does not guarantee admission to the MES. All decisions are made by our Admissions Committee.

Faculty members are unable to review or edit supporting admissions documents. 


What will I gain in terms of research experience? 

MES students will develop strong analytical and research skills throughout their degree. Students will take courses that provide them with both a strong theoretical understanding of their area of interest(s) and a practical understanding and application of their research. In addition, each student will produce a thesis, which will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to devise a research plan, critically analyze literature, collect and interpret data, and communicate results and conclusions. A thesis can be used as a sample of written work when applying to future doctoral studies, and to highlight your skills and expertise to future employers. It allows you to become well versed in your area of interest.  


What does collaboration with my thesis supervisor look like? 

In terms of your thesis, collaboration will vary, depending on your supervisor. For example, if you are working on a specific research project that has already been established, your thesis will aid in supporting this project. If you are working on a topic that compliments your supervisor’s interests and expertise, your thesis will contribute to furthering this area of research. 

Regardless of the project, your supervisor is there to support you through your degree, whether it be through providing insight on course selection, holding check-in meetings, or through the data collection/writing stage. A supervisor can act as a mentor throughout your degree, providing advice and guidance, as well as helping you develop as a scholar and researcher.