Research

The goal of this research cluster is to monitor climatic and environmental changes at various spatial and temporal scales (past and present), examine their impacts on organisms and ecosystems, and propose societal and economic adaptations in order to respond to and/or limit the impact of environmental change. This involves the development of new tools and techniques, or the adaptation of existing ones, to detect environmental change within large data sets from different and heterogeneous sources. It also involves an analysis of society’s behavior (governance, policy-making, economy) in relation with climate change. Finally, a strong emphasis on public education and outreach is favored.

Research themes / axes / areas

Climate change (past and present):

  • Identifying the sources and oceanic paths of large meltwater discharge events, their impact on the North Atlantic, and their roles in abrupt Holocene climatic events (Levac).
  • Coastal environmental change during the Holocene caused by storms and sea level rise (Peros).
  • Studying biogenic particles (pollen, spores), their contribution to the overall aerosol load and their role in the climate change (Levac).
  • The impact of recent climate change on the wine grape industry in southern Quebec (Jones).

Biodiversity and Biogeography:

  • Studying the biodiversity, species richness, and composition of specific animal populations: arctic insects (Savage), Eastern grey kangaroos (King).
  • Studying specific biochemical reactions made more rapid by changes in temperature and humidity (Prusak).
  • Response of vegetation and insect assemblages to climate change (Peros, Savage).

Hydrology: Field studies of rivers and alpine glaciers (Jones), theoretical modeling of groundwater flow and glacier dynamics (Faraoni).

Economic and societal aspects of climate change and community adaptation; education and public awareness, application of economic/societal policies ranging from international agreements on greenhouse gas emissions reductions to  local habitat conservation and Bishop’s campus (Bardati, Caron, Eyland, Fletcher).

Theoretical and mathematical modelling of alpine and arctic glaciers as indicators of climate change, and of changes in groundwater flow (Faraoni).

 

Jade Savage in Nunavut
Jade Savage examining insect specimens in field cabin in Rankin Inlet (Nunavut).

Projects

Dr. Darren Bardati:

“Geographic Information Systems and Landscape Analysis for Agroecology Education and Drought Resilience in rural Malawi”

Funded by CEC ($1000) and private donors.

Undergraduate student, Marcello Glo (ESG Undergraduate), has the role of research assistant.

The purpose of this action research project is to conduct an exploratory landscape analysis and GIS modelling of a 90-hectare property in Kasungu region, rural Malawi, by means of rapid agroecological assessment methodology and geographic information systems.

Contact Us

For information, please contact:

Dr. Elisabeth Levac
MUSCLE Coordinator
Department of Environment and Geography
elevac@ubishops.ca
819-822-9600 ext. 2499

 

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