Earth & Environmental Sciences

Climatologist thrilled with alumni recognition

David Phillips (BA 1967) is more than just a weatherman.

Senior climatologist for Environment Canada and spokesperson for its meteorological service, the best-selling author is the creator of the country’s most-popular calendar and has received two Public Service Merit Awards, honorary doctorates from the University of Waterloo and Nipissing University and the Order of Canada.

More members being sought for 'Movember' team

Phil Graniero is looking for a few mo’ men to join him in his fight against prostate cancer.

A professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Dr. Graniero has participated for the last couple of years in Movember. An international effort which calls on men around the planet to grow a moustache throughout the month of November, Movember raise funds for research into a cure for prostate cancer, as well as awareness for men’s mental health issues.

Science Café to consider questions of shifting sands

Have you ever sat on a beach and asked where the sand came from and where might it be going? Maria Cioppa has, and the associate professor of earth and environmental sciences will discuss her use of magnetic techniques to understand beach erosion and sediment transport in a free public lecture Wednesday entitled “Where did that beach go?”

Working with colleagues and students at Point Pelee National Park, Dr. Cioppa has carried out a series of experiments and measurements designed to investigate potential sediment sources, rates of sand movement, and areas at high risk of erosion.

Campus planting sparks sharing of tree stories

The Kentucky coffee tree (Gymnocladus dioica) derives its common name from reports that early European settlers used its seedpods as a coffee substitute. The species survives in Canada only in southwestern Ontario, where it is considered threatened.

That population grew by one Wednesday, as the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Jull EES Club helped to plant a specimen in front of Memorial Hall in celebration of National Tree Day.

Lecture to explore environmental monitoring

Environmental monitoring and hazard detection is crucial but challenging work. New advances in sensors, wireless communication, analysis software, and mapping technologies let us look at the world in new ways. Although these advances can create new opportunities for monitoring and understanding our environment, there are still significant challenges.

Art alumnus honoured to be dinosaur’s namesake

A UWindsor art grad’s work as a paleontology laboratory technician has earned him a little piece of immortality.

Ian Morrison (BFA visual arts 1988) has had a newly-identified species of horned dinosaur named after him: Gryphoceratops morrisoni.

“He seemed like the most appropriate person to name it after,” says David Evans, associate curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum, where Morrison has worked for more than 20 years. “What better person than the one who puzzled it together?”

New GLIER director hopes to unite campus environmental researchers

Over the next five years, Dan Heath hopes to unite the wide variety of researchers across campus studying environmental issues.

“I really want to expand the role of environmental research at the University of Windsor,” said Dr. Heath, a biology professor who takes over as the new director of the University’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research in May.