Our general objective is to develop a design language for mitigating and adapting to rapid environmental and ecological changes in built environments. This will come about through rigorous review of existing theory and practice in ecologically-motivated design, testing of new ideas, and application to built designs made possible by Christine Lintott Architects and colleagues in other design firms and the building industry.
The purpose of this research is to use an evidence-based approach to further the Toronto Zoo’s social science and education programs, in order to support in situ conservation and biodiversity in relation to Canadian goals and the Aichi Targets. Using a collaborative approach this research will result in the co-production of knowledge, where the researcher and the partner organization collaborate in all four stages of the research project. This project is mutually beneficial for the researcher and the partner organization.
My research seeks to explore the growing field of Impact Producing in Canada. Impact Producing is
defined as the labor of maximizing a documentary film's potential for social change. This field often
involves creating partnerships between documentary films and existing social movements and the
nonprofit sector. My research will explore the methodologies and development of a 15 ??week impact
producing cohort. This program will train 5 additional people to have the skills and knowledge required
to be Impact Producers.
Humic substances are naturally occurring, carbon-rich organic compounds that originate from the decomposition and transformation of plant, animal, and microbial biomass. They are ubiquitous in the environment, and constitute a broad, heterogeneous group of closely related macromolecules with similar properties but varying sizes and chemical structures. In this project, the University of Windsor is partnering with BioLiNE Corp.
Local governments are recognizing the importance of understanding and managing both natural assets and engineered assets to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to provide essential services. While municipalities increasingly need expert advice to help manage natural infrastructure, natural asset management (NAM) is not yet a broadly-based professional practice in Canada. This research aims to mobilize knowledge to inform the competencies required to manage natural assets.
The goal of this research project is to identify where Indigenous Knowledge differs from how the province of Ontario understands and manages winter moose habitat, in order to better protect moose populations in the Northeast Superior region. Additionally, new and improved forest inventory data in the region will be investigated as a potential tool to help close the gaps identified through interviews and community engagement.
Well-known Canadian montane national parks have undergone a length period of fire suppression activities, which
started in the early 20th century. This has resulted in old growth forest stands that are relatively homogeneous in
nature, often containing forests that have the same species, age, and structure. In recent years, mountain pine
beetle outbreaks have occurred, especially in Jasper National Park, resulting in the dramatic transformation of
lodgepole pine forests surrounding the town site.
This project’s objective is to help improve knowledge regarding consumer perspectives of conventional car mobility and transport innovations in Canada, with particular focus on fully automated vehicles (FAVs), or vehicles that can drive themselves without requiring a driver to be paying attention. Innovations can alter the transport sector’s environmental sustainability – for example, electric vehicles are key in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, while FAV impacts are uncertain.
This project aims to develop an integrated watershed-lake framework for Don River watershed draining into the Toronto Harbour to assess the best management practices towards improving the water quality in Toronto and Region Area of Concern (AOC). The framework will evaluate the impacts of suspended solids and bioavailable nutrients delivered by surface runoff and lake upwelling events on Toronto Harbour water quality, and their subsequent effects on eutrophication and growth of undesirable algae.
A new process to create greenhouse glazing using 3D Printing is prototyped and tested. Using the principle of layer height fusion of plastic, new glazing will be created to provide shading and diffused light. The 3D Printed glazing will also be changed through the 3D Printer to change the amount of shading and diffused light, a benefit in hot climates.