Leaders-Create: Program for Leaders in Water and Watershed Sustainability


Program for Leaders in Water and Watershed Sustainability

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         Dr. Stephen Brown 

           Program Director


           Email: stephen.brown@chem.queensu.ca

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About Stephen
Stephen Brown is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Chemistry at Queen's University. The main goal of his research group is the development of new methods of environmental analysis, with emphasis on detecting small organic compounds in aqueous samples. This requires development of instruments and chemical/biochemical assays to provide sensitive and selective measurement of a particular contaminant. He will lead the LEADERS CREATE and bring expertise in water quality and sensor systems. Dr. Brown has an extensive track-record in the commercialization of water sensor technology and will be instrumental in entrepreneurial and professional skills training.




Pascale Champagne

         Dr. Pascale Champagne 



           Email: pascale.champagne@queensu.ca

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About Pascale
Pascale Champagne is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering with cross-appointment to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University. Dr. Champagne’s research focuses on the development of alternate water and waste management strategies and environmentally sustainable approaches with a focus on integrated bioresource management. Her research activities are interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary and have commonality with the fields of environmental and chemical engineering, biology and green chemistry; hence, she collaborates and has evolved synergistic relationships with a number of researchers in these fields to develop new integrated bioresource management practices, to introduce alternate aqueous and solid waste management approaches, and to create unique opportunities for the bioenergy and bioproducts sectors. She is also the Director of the Beaty Water Research Centre and Canadian Research Chair in Bioresource Engineering. She will direct the BWRC’s management of this CREATE. She will also provide training and mentorship opportunities within the BWRC




Dongmei Chen

         Dr. Dongmei Chen 



           Email: chendm@queensu.ca

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About Dongmei
Dongmei Chen is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen's University. Her lab, the Laboratory of Geographic Information and Spatial Analysis (LaGISA), focuses on developing a stimulating environment for research and training on geographic data collection, management, mapping, visualization, analysis, and modeling. The core techniques in the lab include geographic information science, remote sensing, spatial analysis and environmental modelling and the understanding and modeling of interactions between human activities and the physical environment by using GIS and remote sensing techniques and spatial modeling approaches from local to regional scales. Dr. Chen will contribute to CREATE through training and mentorship in understanding landuse impacts in watersheds. 



Dongmei Chen

         Dr. Brian Cumming 



           Email: cummingb@queensu.ca

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About Brian
Brian Cumming is a Professor of Paleolimnology and Aquatic Ecology in the Department of Biology at Queen's University. He is Co-director of the world leading Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL). His research focuses on how ecological and environmental change occurs in lakes over decades to millennia, from both natural (e.g., climate, fires) and human-based stressors (e.g. acidic deposition, nutrient enrichment, metal deposition, etc). His research encompasses understanding modern distributions of organisms and reconstructing past communities by exploiting the richness of the sedimentary record of lakes. Understanding how lakes have changed over time helps us effectively manage aquatic systems. Dr. Cumming has extensive experience with field training and mentorship and will contribute to the CREATE Water Sustainability Workshops.



Ana Maria da Silva

         Dr. Ana Maria da Silva 



           Email: anamaria.dasilva@queensu.ca

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About Ana
Ana Maria da Silva is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's University. Her research interests include mechanics of turbulent river flows, sediment transport and river morphodynamics. Her present research efforts include the development of analytical and numerical models for the simulation and prediction of river morphological response to natural or man-induced changes in flow regime and/or sediment load. She will contribute her expertise in river processes and field training relating to water movement in watersheds




Valerie Langlois

         Dr. Valerie Langlois 



           Email: valerie.langlois@ete.inrs.ca

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About Valerie
Valerie Langlois is an Associate Professor at the Institut national de la research scientifique (INRS), Centre Eau Terre et Environment. She is particularly interested in the harmful effects on vertebrates chemicals found in aquatic environments. These substances can potentially act on all stages of cellular regulation of aquatic vertebrates, from hormone synthesis to target cell response, and consequently can alter vertebrate metabolism, development, and reproduction. The main theme of her research program is the identification of physiological responses and regulatory mechanisms in vertebrates when in the presence of environmental contaminants. For over 10 years, she has been working with several academic and government partners to determine the adverse effects of these contaminants. She has expertise in ecotoxicology involving multiple species and novel molecular indicators, and will offer projects in ecotoxicogenomics using design of gene reporter cell assays to identify and characterize the presence of chemicals altering the endocrine system in vertebrates.




Steven Liss

         Dr. Steven Liss 



           Email: steven.liss@queensu.ca

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About Steven
Steven Liss is the Vice-President of Innovation and Research and Professor of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University and an Emeritus Professor in Environmental Sciences at Queen's University. An internationally recognized researcher, his research is focused in the areas of environmental biotechnology and engineering, applied microbiology, wastewater and water management, and is well known for his work on microbial structures, including extracellular polymeric substances, and processes in environmental and engineered systems. Dr. Liss has played a significant leadership role in the advancement of university education at the undergraduate and graduate level, and in university research in key senior administrative positions at Ryerson, Guelph and at Queen's. He is an expert on microbes in the environment and will provide extensive mentoring and training support for the CREATE program.




Anna Majury

         Dr. Anna Majury 



           Email: Anna.Majury@oahpp.ca

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About Anna
Anna Majury is a Clinical Microbiologist at Public Health Ontario (PHO) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen's University. In addition to this, she has a Doctor's of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests and expertise are within the areas of respiratory viral infections, pandemic influenza, environmental microbiology, epidemiology, zoonotic diseases and public health. A particular focus of the research in her lab investigates and examines the drinking well water quality in Ontario via a geospatial, clinical and statistical analysis of contamination and using social hydrology and basic science to examine water related vulnerabilities across the one health paradigm. She will bring her expertise in public health at a variety of governmental levels which will be invaluable for managing internship and training opportunities connected with these organizations.




Diane Orihel

         Dr. Diane Orihel 



           Email: diane.orihel@queensu.ca

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About Diane
Diane Orihel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies, and Department of Biology at Queen's University. The purpose of her work is to understand the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment in order to guide sound public policy decisions—a mission that is motivated by a respect for nature and desire to conserve biodiversity on Earth. She does research not only on the causes, but also the solutions, to aquatic pollution. By conducting large-scale, interdisciplinary field studies, she answers questions on a broad range of contemporary problems, including mercury contamination of food webs, nutrient pollution and harmful algal blooms, and the ecological impacts of extracting and transporting unconventional oil. Dr. Orihel has expertise in ecotoxicology and will supervise mesocosm and whole lake research in the Experimental Lakes Area and is establishing a new mesocosm facility at the Queen’s University Biology Station with CFI funding. She also has co-developed the Communication in Environmental Studies course that will be offered to LEADERS participants.





Neal Scott

         Dr. Neal Scott 



           Email: scottn@queensu.ca

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About Neal
Neal Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen's University. His research program strives to increase our understanding of the processes of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) cycling in terrestrial ecosystems, and how human-induced disturbances influence these processes. He leads the Facility for Biogeochemical Research on Environmental Change and the Cryosphere (FaBRECC), where he and his students are working to improve understanding of critical processes in these biogeochemical cycles, how they are being altered by human activity, and how terrestrial ecosystems might be more effectively managed to help mitigate human impacts while still providing critical ecosystem services. He will will contribute expertise in biogeochemistry (processes and modelling), including development of ecosystem health indicators.




Kela Weber

         Dr. Kela Weber 



           Email: Kela.Weber@rmc.ca

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About Kela
Kela Weber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. He is the head of the Environmental and Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory (EBEL), an environmental science and engineering laboratory with a focus on biological interactions and the use of microorganisms in both natural and engineered systems. EBEL is involved in a wide variety of research projects at both the fundamental (lab scale) and applied (field scale) level. EBEL research endeavours can be categorized into 4 major themes: 1) Water Treatment; 2) Environmental Protection; 3) Environmental Remediation; 4) Fundamental Science Exploration. Dr. Weber brings an extensive network of government stakeholders and also manages extensive projects across Canada in First Nations communities; experience and connections, which will be applied to training and research opportunities for students.