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 examining insect specimens

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