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Applied Science | Science
Institute for Resources, Environment and...
Atmospheric Pollutants; Climate Changes and Impacts; Chemical Pollutants; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Public Policies
Land and Food Systems | Science
Food, Nutrition and Health | Institute for...
Social Movements, Environment and Society, Dynamics of Social Transformations; food sovereignty, Sustainable agriculture, socio-ecological systems, agro-ecology
Applied Science
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
green building design, construction and operation, including the integrated technical and economic modelling of building- and community-integrated low-carbon energy systems; finding new ways to...

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Rhemtulla, Jeanine

Forest and Conservation Sciences
Ecology and Quality of the Environment; Ecological Trends; Landscape and Restoration; Environment Management and Protection; Biodiversity and Biocomplexity; Landscape ecology & spatial analysis; Ecosystem services; Reforestation; Conservation & Poverty Alleviation; socio-ecological systems; Temperate & tropical forest & agroforestry systems; Historical ecology, especially reconstructing and assessing land-use legacies; Quantifying and mapping ecosystem services; Trade-offs between conservation & poverty alleviation

Riano-Alcala, Pilar

Social Work
Historical Memory and the politics of commemoration and witnessing, Forced migration (internal displacement and refuge), Community organizing, everyday resistance and social repair

Richardson, John

Forest and Conservation Sciences
ecology, freshwater biology, food webs, streams

Rieseberg, Loren

plant evolutionary biology, adaptation, speciation, crops, weeds, invasive plants

Riseman, Andrew

Land and Food Systems
Applied Biology
plant breeding; plant genetics; horticulture; roots; stress physiology, Plant breeding, intercrop interactions, nutrient use efficiency, root physiology, biotic/abtioic stressor

Ritland, Kermit

Forest and Conservation Sciences
Beaty Biodiversity Research Centre; cofounder of Treenomix (a foundation of genomics knowledge; promotes forest health and sustainable forest stewardship for future generations)

Robertson, Leslie

circulation of forms of social knowledge (public histories, academic theories and representations, colonial legends, medical discourses), in sensitive political and cultural contexts (settler colonialism, medical crises, resource extraction, tourism development)

Rodney, Patricia

Applied Science
Healthcare ethics; Nursing ethics; Nursing workplaces; Healthcare equity; Ethics and policy; Moral distress and moral climate

Roecker, Inge

Applied Science
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
sustainable forms of urban habitation

Roehr, Daniel

Applied Science
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Sustainable communities; sustainable design; integration of living roofs as holistic system for stormwater management

Rogak, Steve

Applied Science
Aerosols; atmospheric contaminants; impact on human health; concentrations of aerosols in the indoor and outdoor environments; filtration systems that do not require excessive energy consumption.; new fuel injectors and injection strategies to minimize particle formation in compression ignition engines

Rogers, Theresa

Language and Literacy Education
Working with youth on critical literacies and arts-integrated media production in school and community settings. How youth use print and multimodal resources to engage in cultural discourse and critique. New literacies among youth in schools and among women in a remote community in Botswana. Literary theoretical perspectives in relation to contemporary adolescent literature.

Roth, Wendy

multiracial identity, Race, Ethnicity, and Classification, Immigration, Inequality

Rowley, Sue

public archaeology, material culture studies, repatriation, intellectual property rights, access to cultural heritage and museums.

Rysanek, Adam

Applied Science
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
green building design, construction and operation, including the integrated technical and economic modelling of building- and community-integrated low-carbon energy systems; finding new ways to visualize, analyze and communicate building data and information

Saddler, Jack

Wood Science
Microbiology of waste water treatment; Application of fungi to upgrading and modification of forest products, pulp and paper and waste streams

Saewyc, Elizabeth

Applied Science
health issues of youth, with a particular emphasis on how stigma, violence and trauma affect adolescent health and risk behaviours, and the environmental assets and protective factors that foster resilience among vulnerable young people in spite of stigma and trauma. These populations include: sexual minority youth (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens), homeless and runaway youth, sexually abused and sexually-exploited teens, pregnant and parenting adolescents, youth in custody, immigrant youth, and indigenous young people in Canada and other countries.

Sandercock, Leonie

Applied Science
Community and Regional Planning
multiculturalism and cities; urban policy; integration of immigrants; cross-cultural planning; First Nations collaborative community planning

Sarfaty, Galit

Human Rights, Corporate Sustainability

Satterfield, Blair

Applied Science
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
use of second stream materials in construction; design and application of energy and material efficient methods for construction; generation of sophisticated but universally accessible tool sets and strategies for efficiently and sustainably building using low-impact materials and techniques