Faculty and Staff
School of the Environment Faculty
Dr. Campbell is Senior Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences and the principal investigator of the Aquatic Ecosystem Health Laboratory research group. Her research interests include how trace metals and contaminants cycles in aquatic food webs across Canada and around the world. Dr. Campbell is also interested in using multi-disciplinary approaches to improve our understanding of anthropogenic and natural impacts in the environment, with a focus on aquatic ecosystems. She is establishing a trace-element clean-room laboratory at Saint Mary’s University for advanced research in contaminant biogeochemistry. Within the Dynamic Environment and Ecosystem Health Research (DEEHR) Laboratory, she has supervised many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows working on diverse research projects. Dr. Campbell’s research group has published extensively, with over 50 peer-review publications on projects in China, Africa, Argentina, Canada and the USA supported by several millions of dollars in research funding.
- ENVS 2300: Environmental Science: Populations & Ecosystems (2011-2013)
- ENVS 4827/5827: Environmental Contaminants (2012- current)
Dr. Charles is a professor in the Sobey School of Business and the Environmental Science Department, teaching environment and sustainability courses in both. He is also the Acting Director for the School of the Environment. Tony specializes in interdisciplinary research on natural resources and the environment, covering such topics as community-based management, ecosystem-based management and climate change adaptation.He leads the global Community Conservation Research Network (www.CommunityConservation.Net), based at Saint Mary’s, which focuses on local conservation and sustainable livelihoods. He is a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation, a Gulf of Maine Visionary Award winner, and a member of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management. Tony works equally at a local level (with aboriginal and coastal communities across Atlantic Canada), nationally (in particular, providing guidance to the Canadian and Nova Scotian governments), and globally (e.g., with the United Nations and the OECD).
- SMBA 6801 Environment & Sustainability Management (also listed as MGSC 4848)
- ENVS 4440 Environmental Policy
- ENVS 4450 Natural Resource Management
- ENVS 4499 Seminar on the Environment
- ECON 6611 Sustainable Resource Management
Dr. Clyburne is cross-appointed with Saint Mary's Department of Chemistry and Department of Environmental Science. Cleaning up the environment shouldn’t depend on complex and expensive technologies. That’s the philosophy of Dr. Jason Clyburne, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Science and Materials. He believes there is no point coming up with global warming initiatives that do not lead to affordable, real-life solutions. Dr. Clyburne is focusing his efforts on systems utilizing ionic liquids, designer chemicals created from inexpensive and readily available materials. These chemicals have shown promise for the safe and efficient removal of environmentally-hazardous substances from industrial processes, such as the burning of coal. Dr. Clyburne’s research with green chemistry could lead to the solution for many environmentally-relevant problems.
Dr. Clyburne has also served with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada in a variety of roles. In 2013, he received Saint Mary’s University Presidents Research Award for Excellence in Research.
- CHEM 2100 Green Chemistry
Dr. Conrad is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary’s University and Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Conrad's research background is in community-based environmental monitoring and water-security, having founded the Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network (now the Atlantic Water Network). Through this work, I have conducted research around the world, assisting communities in better understanding a variety of environmental concerns, often employing citizen science. As a more recent research shift to water and food security in West Africa, particularly the Gambia, new questions around environmental migrants and migration in general has emerged. I am now working on irregular migration in West Africa, migration as a rite of passage and climate change migration on the African continent.
- GEOG 3350: Sub-Saharan Africa
- GEOG 4828: Geography Behind the Headlines
- GEOG 4100: International Field School
- GEOG XXXX: Geography of Development
Cathy Driscoll is Professor of Management in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. Prior to Saint Mary’s, she worked as a project manager and policy advisor with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy in Ottawa. She is one of the original co-investigators for the development of the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network. Her research interests include business ethics, sustainability management education, stakeholder management, and spiritual and religious values in ethical decision making. She has published articles on the topic of sustainability and stakeholder management in The Journal of Business Ethics, Business and Society, and The Journal of Religion and Business Ethics.
MGMT3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
MGMT6694 Ethical Issues in the World of Business
Responsible Leadshiper I
Responsible Leadership II
Faculty Website: https://www.smu.ca/researchers/arts/kateervine/
Dr. Kate Ervine holds a PhD in Political Science from York University. Her research draws on the traditions of critical political economy and political ecology to examine global environmental governance, the politics of climate change mitigation, global carbon markets and carbon offsetting, climate finance to the Global South, and climate justice.
Dr. Ervine is currently working on co-producing Carbon Addicts, a short documentary film that is being funded through a collaborative grant under the SSHRC-funded project The Hidden Costs of Global Supply Chains. The film will be carried by Scientific American upon completion. Dr. Ervine is also working on a book project, The Everyday Politics of Global Environmental Problems, under contract with Polity Press. Finally, she maintains an active research project that examines the political economy of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement under which the rules for global carbon trading and carbon offsetting are being developed, in addition to researching the politics of using market mechanisms to raise climate finance for the Global South.
Dr. Ervine is the author of Carbon (Polity Press, 2018), the co-editor (with Gavin Fridell) of Beyond Free Trade: Alternative Approaches to Trade, Politics, and Power (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. She currently sits as a full member of Carbon Market Watch, an international policy and advocacy organization headquartered in Belgium; she is a Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Nova Scotia; and she works with the Affordable Energy Coalition on issues energy justice in Nova Scotia.
IDST 2301 – Introduction to Development Studies: Perspectives
IDST 2302 – Introduction to Development Studies: Policies and Practice
IDST 3848 – The Everyday Politics of Global Environmental Problems
IDST 4500 – Honours Seminar in International Development Studies
IDST 4470/5570 – Environment and Development
Dr. Fowler is a Professor in the Anthropology Department. As a Landscape Archaeologist, he is interested in locating and investigating physical evidence of human activity as well as understanding how human relationships with the environment are culturally mediated. Dr. Fowler's interdisciplinary research into early colonial settlements in Nova Scotia emphasizes the importance of Indigenous people in colonial society and includes long-running archaeological field investigations in partnership with a wide range of communities and organizations. Among his research interests are archaeological geophysics, public archaeology, and critical heritage studies.
ANTH 3378: Landscape Archaeology
ANTH 4378: Advanced Landscape Archaeology
ANTH 3379: Archaeology of Acadia
ANTH 3573: Archaeology of Halifax
ANTH 4467: Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Archaeology
Dr. Gauthier, now retired, was a faculty member of Geography in Saint Mary’s University Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. He served as the University’s Vice-President (Academic and Research) and University Secretary from 2010 to 2016. Formerly at the University of Regina for 25 years, he served as that University’s Vice-President Research for 3 years, as well as founding the Centre for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and serving 11 years as the Executive Director of the Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC). Author of over 140 publications and recipient of over 120 academic awards, grants and contracts, Dr. Gauthier was active in international conservation research having conducted studies in protected ecological areas planning and management, ecological indicators for sustainable communities, applications of GIS in natural resources management, rural social cohesion, human adaptations to climate change, and ecological land classification. He was the General Manager and Publisher of the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. He has supervised, served on or administered committees for 40 graduate students.
Dr. Giles is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. His research interests are broadly in geomorphology and remote sensing. He has conducted studies in coastal environments (sand dunes) and fluvial landscapes (alluvial fans), and currently applies satellite image analysis and digital elevation model processing to geomorphic studies. He is a co-author of Geosystems: An Introduction to Physical Geography (Third and Fourth Canadian editions) and Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences (First and Second Canadian editions).
- GEOG 2306: Geospatial Concepts
- GEOG 2310: Geography of Canada
- GEOG 2313: Geomorphology
- GEOG 2356: Inquiry and Explanation in Geography
- GEOG 3100: Geography Field School
- GEOG 3433: Fluvial Geomorphology
- GEOG 3356: Remote Sensing of the Environment
- GEOG 4423: Glacial Geomorphology
Dr. Heather Green is an assistant professor in the Department of History who specializes in environmental history and histories of Indigenous-settler relations with a particular focus on the Canadian North. Dr. Green focuses on resource extraction, mining history, and histories of environment and tourism. She has published her environmental history work in journals such as the Canadian Historical Review, Inuit Studies, the Journal of Tourism History, and the Northern Review. Her first book, The Great Upheaval: Gold Mining and Environmental Change in the Klondike (forthcoming with UBC Press) examines colonial history of gold mining and environmental transformation in relation to Indigenous-setter relations in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory. She was privileged to work with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation in Dawson City throughout that research process. She is currently working on a collaborative project that examines the various concepts of borders and boundaries in the Canadian North. Heather is an editor and executive member of the Network in Canadian History and Environment.
- HIST 2833: Environmental History of North America
Dr. Grek-Martin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. He is a cultural and historical geographer and his research analyzes the rich and multi-faceted concept of place—particularly the dynamic and power-laden processes by which places are constructed, contested, and imbued with complex meanings by individuals and communities. Jason’s current research explores place-making primarily in the context of travel and tourism to heritage sites with a dark past, drawing on a robust interdisciplinary scholarship developing at the intersection of dark tourism, media tourism, heritage studies and geographies of memory. In addition, he has ongoing research interests in the historical and contemporary intersections between culture, nature and place, particularly in relation to the ‘cultures of nature’ associated with parks in Halifax. While environmental issues feature prominently in many of his courses, Jason’s interests in the geographic manifestations of culturally-contingent concepts of nature are explicitly addressed in GEOG 3329: Geographical Perspectives on Nature.
- GEOG 1100: Global Perspectives on Land & Life
- GEOG 2349: Cultural Geography
- GEOG 3329: Geographical Perspectives on Nature
- GEOG 4449: Tourist Geographies
Dr. Mary Hale
Dr. Hanley is appointed in the Department of Geology. His research interests include: quantitative fluid and melt inclusion studies in magmatic ore-forming systems with a focus on Ni-Cu-PGE and alkalic porphyry deposits; ore body characterization with a focus on understanding the mineralogical factors controlling PGE and deleterious metal distribution with a goal of maximizing mining process efficiency and environmental protection; hydrothermal experimental studies involving the synthesis of fluid and melt inclusions; alteration and stable isotope studies surrounding magmatic ore deposits with a focus on the Sudbury Igneous Complex. His undergraduate and graduate students are working on fluid and melt inclusion studies in hydrothermal-magmatic ore-forming systems. A major goal of his current studies is to develop cost-effective geochemical exploration criteria that may be used to identify mineralized intrusions.
- GEOL 4441 Mineral Resources
Dr. Hervieux is the Director of the Centre for Leadership excellence. Dr. Hervieux also has close to twenty years experience in retail business management given that prior to her university studies, she worked for several companies including United Colors of Benetton.
Previous to joining Saint Mary’s University (summer 2014). Dr. Hervieux received numerous awards, scholarship, published and presented her work on social entrepreneurship and strategy at numerous conferences and published articles in specialized literature and academic journals. Since 2004 she has been involved at the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Research Chair where her work included the drafting and presentation of numerous reports bearing on Quebec’s sustainable development law as well as commentaries pertaining to sustainable development strategies and GES emissions, both provincial and federal.
Hervieux is a participating member of the Montreal pole of the Network for Business Sustainability. The network brings together business leaders (in two leader’s councils – Industry association council and SME council) and academic experts who work together producing research that is linked to practice and practices that are guided by research.
Dr. Jutras is appointed in the Department of Geology. He is also currently serving in the Graduate Research Committee. His perhaps most important contribution was the identification of a tendency for groundwater alkalinity in early Palaeozoic times, just prior to the radiation of land plants, form his work on Ordovician palaeosols. He has also worked extensively on a rare type of calcrete that had previously only been recognized within Quaternary deposits of Central Australia. These phreatic calcretes are genetically associated with the periphery of evaporitic basins, which are important targets for both the mining and petroleum industries.
The present work of Dr. Pierre Jutras includes: Carboniferous palaeoenvironments in eastern Canada and Scotland; evolution of the Carboniferous Windsor Sea margins; climatic signatures in ancient regoliths and soils; the petrology of siderite bands above Pennsylvanian coal seams in Nova Scotia.
Dr. Min-Jung Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Her research interests are located at the intersection of economic, urban and social geography, with a regional focus on Canada and the Asia-Pacific Region. Four substantive areas of her research are: Globalization and transnational migration; International education industry; Immigrant entrepreneurship; and Immigrant health care services. She has investigated the social implications and local impacts of global economic processes paying particular attention to the everyday lives of (im)migrants. This also includes an interest in public policy making around migration and settlement issues.
Dr. Lamoureux is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry, a former Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Program (2001-2002, 2003-2006) and former Chairperson of Chemistry (July 2006 - June 2011). He has over 20 years of experience in chemical analysis of metals and metalloids in environmental samples, and with 10 years of experience with chemical analysis of organic compounds in environmental samples. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications, has presented numerous invited lectures and supervised approximately 40 highly qualified personnel.
Dr. Lamoureux is a national/international expert in chemical instrumental analysis and chemical speciation of environmental samples. Dr. Lamoureux is also very active with outreach activities such as the Mini-University program, which is a multi-disciplinary programme for 9-14 year old children held every summer. He has also taught chemistry in French at the two Halifax/Dartmouth French high schools.
Dr. Lundholm is an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology, an associate of CB Wetlands and Environmental Specialists, and a member of TransCoastal Adaptations: Centre of Excellence for Nature-Based Solutions. His research focuses on restoration ecology and plant communities in coastal areas. His favourite habitats are coastal barrens, tidal wetlands, and dunes. Dr. Lundholm ran the Ecology of Plants in Communities research lab for 18 years. During that time his students conducted the first research on green roofs in Atlantic Canada.
Dr. McCalla is a Professor Emeritus with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. His research and teaching interests are in maritime transportation such as how to reduce the impacts of the shipping industry on the marine environment. He has published in journals such as Journal of Transport Geography, the Canadian Geographer and Maritime Policy and Management. He is also the author of Water Transportation in Canada (Formac, 1994).
Dr. McCallum is a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics. He specializes in Roman archaeology, archaeological ceramics, Roman villas, and ancient urbanism. His current research focuses on settlement in the Italian countryside during antiquity (from the 8th century BCE to the 7th century CE) as well as the changes in urbanism brought about as a result of the Roman conquest of Italy. This includes reconstructing elements of the ancient environment to understand the context of human activities such as craft production and agriculture in the past as well as anthropogenic changes to the ancient landscape. He has been awarded two SSHRC Standard Research Grants for work in the Basentello Valley of southern Italy and more recently a SSHRC Insight Grant and a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship (Harvard) for his ongoing work on Roman villas and imperial estates in the Apennines of central Italy. Dr. McCallum’s research is highly collaborative and his research teams include colleagues from McMaster University, Oxford University, Queen’s University, the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of Calgary, the University of Roma, La Sapienza, the University of l’Aquila, and the University of La Tuscia, as well as colleagues and students from Saint Mary’s University. Dr. McCallum is also the Co-Editor of Mouseion, the Journal of the Classical Association of Canada.
- Modern Languages and Classics
- Villa of Titus Excavations
- Basentello Valley Archaeological Research Project
- Pompeii Pottery
Margaret McKee is an Associate Professor of Management in the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. She integrates significant
discussion of business’ environmental responsibilities in the core ethics courses she teaches in the Bachelor of Commerce and MBA programs. Margaret is the Academic Lead in the Sobey School of Business for the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) Implementation Group, and a member of the PRME North America Steering Committee. Her focus has been on promoting the integration of the PRME Principles within the business school, as well as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, Margaret had a 20-year career in corporate affairs where she had involvement with corporate social responsibility initiatives. She has a variety of research interests linked to leadership, business ethics and sustainability. Some of her recent research projects include an examination of sustainability education in Canadian business schools, an analysis of the sustainability reports of PRME signatory schools from around the world, and research on the corporate social responsibility practices of Vietnamese firms.
MGMT3480 Ethical Responsibilities of Organizations
MGMT6694 Ethical Issues in the World of Business
EMBA 5516 Special topics in Ethics, Law and Governance
Hugh Millward is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. His specialty is urban geography,
with a focus on development issues and land-use planning. This interest also extends to urban transportation planning and management. He contributed to the initial Halifax Regional Municipal Plan, approved in 2006, through his service on the Regional Planning Committee. He has also served on committees preparing district and local development plans, and was a long-time member
of the Dartmouth Lakes Advisory Board. Currently he chairs the Halifax Active Transportation Advisory Committee.
Dr. Millward’s recent research relates to geographical variations in urban transportation modes, with an emphasis on active-transport walking. This research seeks to understand how community location, density, and design promote or deter healthy and environment-friendly transport choices.
- GEOG 4442/5642 Urban Planning
- GEOG 3340 Geography of Nova Scotia
Mathew Novak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary’s. His research focuses on the development of the urban landscape, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map processes and patterns of urban change. Currently he is working on inner city regeneration processes in mid-sized centres, including condominium development and the ways independent shops can carve out a niche in an increasingly corporatised retail environment.
On Sabbatical: September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2022
Dr. Pe-Piper, now retired, was appointed in the Department of Geology. Her research interests include the use of mineralogy and geochemistry to interpret the origins of igneous rocks, the source and origins of petroleum reservoirs, and the interpretation of ancient landscapes. She works particularly in Nova Scotia and the Aegean region (Greece). Her present work includes: origins of young volcanic eruptions in the Aegean; granites and associated mineral deposits, particularly rare-earth element minerals, in the Cobequid Highlands, Nova Scotia; and reconstructing the sources and history of sandstone reservoirs for petroleum in the offshore Scotian Basin. She contributes to the SOE a broad technical understanding of natural resources, both energy and minerals, and knowledge of natural hazard issues.
- ECON 3361 Fisheries Economics
- ECON 3363 Environmental Economics
- ECON 3362 Natural Resource Economics
Dr. Suteanu is a Professor at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada, cross-appointed in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Department of Environmental Science. His research focuses on nonlinear analysis and modeling of natural systems; applications include climate variability, renewable energy, and natural hazards. On the other hand, he studies epistemological aspects of our interaction with the environment. His courses include Environmental Information Management, Statistical Methods in Geography, Natural Hazards, Environmental Pattern Analysis, as well as graduate and post-doc courses on nonlinear approaches to natural complex systems. He is the Chairperson of the Department of Environmental Science.
On Sabbaital: July 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Dr. Peter Twohig
Peter is a Professor in the Department of History and the Atlantic Canada Studies program. He is an historian of health and medicine, with particular interests in the areas of public health, the nature of expertise and knowledge claims, and the organization of health care work. He is the author of two books, co-edited a series of books on the interdisciplinary study of health, illness and disease, and is the author of a large number of articles in a variety of academic disciplines and in clinical science journals.
Dr. Danika van Proosdij is a coastal geomorphologist with a background in physical geography, biology and geomatics who specializes in process geomorphology and biogeography of intertidal ecosystems. She is the Director of the Intertidal Coastal Sediment Transport (In_CoaST) Research Unit and Coordinator of the Maritime Provinces Spatial Analysis Research Center (MP_SpARC). In addition, she is an active member of SMaRTS (Salt Marsh and Restricted Tidal Sytems) working group of the Bay of Fundy ecosystem partnership and she acts as a scientific consultant to CB Wetlands and Environmental Specialists that is responsible for the majority of coastal ecosystem restoration projects in Nova Scotia. Danika also works closely with the Nova Scotia government, advocating the use of environmentally sustainable coastal engineering protection works to mitigate the effects of climate change, particularly sea level rise. Most of her current research focuses on the ecomorphodynamics (study of the interaction and feedbacks that occur between topography, biota, hydrodynamics and sedimentary processes and the resultant adjustments of morphology) of macrotidal ecosystems at a range of spatial and temporal scales and how human activities and climate change influence these processes.
Dr. Vessey is a Professor in the Department of Biology and the former Associate Vice President Research and Dean of Graduate Studies. His teaching and research area is in plant physiology, particularly the functional interactions between crop plants and beneficial micro-organisms, particularly as these apply to biofuel feedstock crops. He has supervised over 25 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and has been awarded several regional and national research awards. Positions in which he has recently served, or is currently serving, include: Council Member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Advisory Committees for the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust and BioFuelNet Canada, and the Boards of Directors for the Atlantic Environmental Sciences Network, Offshore Energy Research Association, and Plant Inoculants Canada.
HIST 2201 Environmental History of Europe
HIST 2201WW Environmental History of Europe online
Dr. Wei is an assistant professor at the Sobey School of Business where they teach Marketing Policy and Marketing Communications. Dr. Wei's research focuses on ethical consumption, including fair-trade, local and organic food, as well as community-minded, green enterprises. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, Dr. Wei's research questions how consumers develop knowledge about the marketplace. Dr. Wei’s research has assisted various local businesses in their attempts at growing sustainably. Dr. Wei's research has been supported by provincial programs as well as by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Dr. Wiacek is cross-appointed in the Departments of Environmental Science as well as Astronomy & Physics. She is interested in remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases involved in air pollution and climate and also in the climate effects of aerosol (suspended particles) through cloud interactions. Her research includes the development of ground- and satellite-based remote sensing instrumentation and data analysis techniques (retrieval algorithms and inverse theory). She is currently establishing the Tropospheric Remote Sensing Laboratory (TRSL) to characterize atmospheric composition in the planetary boundary layer at SMU and in the field, with the end goal of improving the understanding and prediction of atmospheric processes.
Dr. Wiacek helped establish the Toronto Atmospheric Observatory as part of her Ph.D. studies at the University of Toronto. She then researched aerosol-cloud interactions as a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute (ETH) in Zürich. Finally, she held the position of Research Associate (remote sensing of aerosols) at Dalhousie University before joining SMU in 2013.