Remote Sensing of Environmental Change research group seeks four full-time graduate student positions at the PhD and Master’s level

We are seeking motivated individuals interested to join the Remote Sensing of Environmental Change research group in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Cold Region Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.

Our current research focuses on remote sensing and numerical modeling approaches; combining with fieldwork at large Canadian Northern Lakes to enhance the understanding of the hydrologic system and lake-ice-atmosphere interaction due to the impact of climatic change.  Our lab uses numerous techniques to address our research program such as satellite and airborne remote sensing with the collaboration of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment team (ABoVE), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) underwater drone. The prospective research will be involved “bridging the gap” between results from small scale to large-scale predictive algorithms on lake ice and water quality.

Students interested should have a strong background and experience in one or a combination of Geography, Physics, Earth Science, Geomatics, and biology. Strengths in programming, writing, statistical analysis, and the ability to work both independently and in a team are essential. Experience in the field will be an asset, but not required and programming experience in either Python, IDL or MATLAB is desirable.

Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of students and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities.

Beginning in January 2020, under the supervision of Dr. Homa Kheyrollah Pour, four full-time graduate student positions at the PhD and Master’s level are available:

Position#1 (MSc): Compile existing traditional knowledge by the northern community and information of ice thickness/extent and snow depth on the reference site, Great Bear Lake, to complement scientific knowledge as a source of climate history and baseline data; as insight into impacts and adaptation in Arctic communities; and for long-term, community-based monitoring. Strongly encourage Aboriginal students to apply, Non-Aboriginal students are also invited to apply.

Position#2 (PhD/MSc): Develop an algorithm of ice phenology and thickness using thermal and optical sensors of satellite observations coupled with a thermodynamic lake ice model and UAS.

Position#3 (PhD/MSc): Water quality monitoring using satellite and airborne remote sensing, ROVs to derive the relationship between algal distributions and environmental drivers. Applicants should have experience in remote sensing techniques and hydrology.

Position#4 (PhD): Characterization and projection of lake ice subsurface-surface-atmosphere interaction and exchange processes in a changing climate using advanced satellite remote sensing and numerical models. Applicants should have a meaningful experience in remote sensing and hydrological modeling.

If this opportunity interests you, and you meet all of the above requirements, please submit your application electronically as a single pdf file to Dr. Homa Kheyrollah Pour (; include “ReSEC_PhD/MSc_position#_yourname” in the subject line.

Your applications should contain:

  • CV
  • A cover letter stating your motivation for applying to this position and your research interests
  • Copy of transcript(s)
  • Contact information for 2 references

The positions will remain open until filled. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the positions above, please contact Dr. Homa Kheyrollah Pour.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Centre for Indigegogy: Decolonizing Education Certificate: Module 2: Indigenous Perspectives and Knowledge: Policy, Land and Governance


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New book: “Eatenonha: Native Roots of Modern Democracy” By Georges E. Sioui


An exploration of the historical and future significance of Canada’s Native soul.

Eatenonha is the Wendat word for love and respect for the Earth and Mother Nature. For many Native peoples and newcomers to North America, Canada is a motherland, an Eatenonha – a land in which all can and should feel included, valued, and celebrated.

In Eatenonha Georges Sioui presents the history of a group of Wendat known as the Seawi Clan and reveals the deepest, most honoured secrets possessed by his people, by all people who are Indigenous, and by those who understand and respect Indigenous ways of thinking and living. Providing a glimpse into the lives, ideology, and work of his family and ancestors, Sioui weaves a tale of the Wendat’s sparsely documented historical trajectory and his family’s experiences on a reserve. Through an original retelling of the Indigenous commercial and social networks that existed in the northeast before European contact, the author explains that the Wendat Confederacy was at the geopolitical centre of a commonwealth based on peace, trade, and reciprocity. This network, he argues, was a true democracy, where all beings of all natures were equally valued and respected and where women kept their place at the centre of their families and communities.

Identifying Canada’s first civilizations as the originators of modern democracy, Eatenonha represents a continuing quest to heal and educate all peoples through an Indigenous way of comprehending life and the world.

New graduate student positions at M.Sc and PhD levels

The Dehcho Collaborative on Permafrost (DCoP) is seeking highly motivated individuals for PhD and MSc research projects to investigate permafrost thaw-induced changes to the Dehcho’s land and water.
The Dehcho region of the southern Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada, is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth. Climate warming in the Dehcho has led to widespread permafrost thaw and land cover change that has disrupted the hydrological cycle and the ecosystems and human activities that depend on it. The patterns, rates, controls and mechanisms of permafrost thaw, and associated feedbacks and land cover transformations across the region remain poorly understood.
DCoP is co-led by the Dehcho First Nations ( and the Scotty Creek Research Station ( and aims to generate a fusion of leading-edge scientific and Indigenous knowledge on permafrost, and to use it as a basis to co-develop new knowledge, predictive decision support tools and innovative risk management strategies to inventory and manage permafrost and adapt to permafrost thaw.
Specific graduate research projects will contribute to one or more of DCoP’s major objectives, including the development and mobilisation of new knowledge on permafrost thaw and thaw-induced changes, and the development and application of new, customised adaptive strategies and predictive modelling tools.

Research will be conducted at the Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada. Laurier is one of the fastest growing universities in Canada and is internationally-recognised for its expertise in cold regions research and education. The field research sites within the Dehcho will vary among the specific graduate student projects.

How to Apply:
For information on how to apply please contact Dr. William Quinton, Cold Regions Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada:, 519-884-0710 (3281). Informal inquiries are always welcome.