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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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Sunderland, Terry

Forest and Conservation Sciences
biodiversity, communities and livelihoods, conservation, ecosystem services, forest management, land-use change, landscape ecology, social science, sustainability

Sundstrom, Lisa

Political Science
democratization, human rights, gender politics, the politics of international democracy assistance, and NGO activism in both domestic and transnational politics; comparative climate policy

Suttle, Curtis

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
marine microbiology, Arctic microbiology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Microbiology, Environmental Virology, bacteriophage, bacteria, viruses, environmental microbiology

Swei, Omar

Applied Science
Asset Management, Life Cycle Modeling, Optimization Methods, Real Options, Reinforcement Learning, Risk Analysis, Sequential Decision-Making, Stochastic Modeling, Sustainable Infrastructure Management, Time-Series Methods, Uncertainty Estimation and Propagation.

Taghipour, Fariborz

Applied Science
chemical and photochemical systems with application to energy and environmental engineering; target is to create sustainable ways of producing solar fuels by utilizing earth-abundant materials and cost-effective processes; water purification

Tansey, James

Sauder School of Business
Centre for Sustainability and Social Innovation
Emerging markets and institutions for carbon trading, Social determinants of health, GM crops and animals

Taylor, Rick

biodiversity, speciation, fishes, conservation, biogeography

Thobani, Sunera

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
critical race, postcolonial and feminist theory, globalization, citizenship, migration, Muslim women, the War on Terror, and media

Thrush, Coll

Northwest Coast and Pacific, environmental, place-based histories

Tiberghien, Yves

Political Science
global governance, global climate change politics, and on the governance of agricultural biotechnology in China and Japan; trade-offs between economic policy goals and public goods such as biodiversity protection, transparency in food policy, and climate change issues

Tierney, Robert

Language and Literacy Education
Literacy Learning, Longitudinal Studies of Literacy Acquisition; Multiple Literacies; Teacher Professionalism; Politics and role of Assessment in Teaching, Learning, Society

Tindall, David

environmental movement, social movements, environmental protest, social protest, social networks, social aspects of climate change, Aboriginal protest about natural resources and environmental issues, environmental politics, environmental attitudes, environmental values, opinion about the environment, protest about pipelines, protest about oil sands, protest about tar sands, wilderness, wilderness preservation, use of social media in social protest, use of social media in social movements, social media and social networks, social aspects of forestry, climate change policy, news media, social psychology of environmental issues, Envionmental sociology, social research methods, aboriginal forestry, social science

Tortell, Philippe

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
marine biogeochemical cycles; understanding the biological, chemical and physical factors regulating oceanic primary productivity and the concentration of climate active gases including carbon dioxide (CO2), dimethylsulfide (DMS), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O); GEOTRACES group

Trajano, Heather

Applied Science
Biomass Conversion; Biorefinery; large-scale biorefineries

Tran, Martino

Applied Science
Community and Regional Planning
predictive modelling and simulation of urban infrastructure and technology to inform policy and investment strategies with positive societal and sustainability outcomes; smart energy; transport technologies

Trites, Andrew

Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
seals, sea lions, whales and dolphins; ecology, nutrition, physiology, and animal behaviour; conservation of marine mammals

Tseng, Michelle

evolutionary and ecological processes underlying adaptation to changing environments

Turin, Mark

assessing the impact of sustainable ecotourism in Tibet

Valley, Will

Land and Food Systems
Sustainable Food Systems Education; Systems Thinking and Cognitive Psychology; School Food and Nutrition Education + K-12 School Food Systems; Community-Engaged Scholarship; Urban Agriculture

van den Bosch , Matilda

Forest and Conservation Sciences
Public Health; Environmental Exposures; Urban Forestry; Ecosystem Services; Urban Environments