MSE Prof Talk Series 2015-2016 Round 2!

Back by popular demand, we will be holding another prof talk by professors and graduate students in the McGill School of Environment.

When: February 18th, 2016   6-8PM

Where: Leacock Building – Room 14




Dr. Raja Sengupta 


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Environmental decision-making increasingly relies on computer models of both biophysical and social processes to understand and simulate changes.  In some cases, models like General Circulation Models (or GCMs) are fundamental to our understanding of the way our climate is likely to change.  In others, we are beginning to explore how models can provide new ways of understanding or predicting environmental change.  Sometimes, different models can be integrated to provide answers about complex systems, including those impacted by the anthropogenic factors. We will look at some of the emerging trends in modelling.
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Gabriella Fanous – Graduate Student 
This presentation will be about the woes of undergrad and the woes of grad school. More specifically, I will talk about about the nitty gritty associated with figuring out summer jobs, research interests, what to do after graduation, as well as some of the realities  of graduate school.

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MSE Undergraduate research at the intersection of culture and environment: new questions, directions, and potential

This talk considers the MSE capstone course ENVR 401: Environmental Research and how this course speaks to important questions regarding the role for undergraduate applied research  in exploring current cultural-environmental challenges. In particular, it examines an ongoing, multi-year collaboration with the Chiefs of Ontario, and examines how 401 projects on behalf of this client may well present a pedagogical opportunity to bring university and First Nations groups together around shared goals and outcomes.


Victor Frankel – Graduate Student 

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Biological invasions are an irreversible element of the anthropocene. For this reason, it is critical understand the ecological factors that influence their establishment and potential evolution in introduced habitats. Here, I will discuss the transmission ecology and potential rapid evolution of trematode parasites that infect snails, fish birds and or humans in a novel range, the Panama Canal. While these studies on the transmission of parasites have practical applications to understand the spread of diseases of concern to wildlife conservation and human health, they also provide important tests for ecological processes regulating host-parasite interactions and evolutionary theory.

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