Cheers to The Next 50!

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Earth's Layers

Our Learning Continues

Since 1967, our undergraduate programs have evolved to our current offerings.
Past EES Programs
100% career placements in less than 2 years
EES teacher student ratio 1:7
$3,000,000 scholarships given annually at the Faculty of Science level

A variety of ongoing research explored at the Masters and Ph.D. level.

Our Scientists

We have over 15 faculty, 120 current students, and over 1500 alumni each with different research interests and an initial spark for why EES.
Here are a select few that you may meet at THE NEXT 50.
Alice Grgicak-Mannion, Geospatial Learning Specialist

Alice Grgicak-Mannion
Geospatial Learning Specialist

Studies GIS, environmental modelling, geospatial information technology and air pollution. Utilizes geospatial technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing, Drones, and GPS) to analyse, model and map the earth’s processes and how they affect humankind, and in turn how we affect the environment.

Dr. Jill Crossman, Assistant Professor

Dr. Jill Crossman
Assistant Professor

Studies land management and aquatic ecosystems interactions, eutrophication and hypoxia; emerging contaminants and microplastics. Working at conservation associations is what first introduced Dr. Crossman to GIS, which developed her interest in hydrological modelling and monitoring.

Dr. Ali Polat, Professor

Dr. Ali Polat

Studies trace element and isotope geochemistry, geodynamics. Specifically, the early evolution of planet Earth though field and geochemical investigations of Archean (2.5-4.0 billion years ago) rocks in Canada, Greenland, and China.

Dr. Frank Simpson, Professor

Dr. Frank Simpson

Studies reservoir geology, soil, and water conservation. Works with the BAIF Development Research Foundation, Pune, and the rural poor of three villages in India, to modifying hill slopes and artificial structures to provide a year-round water supply in an area that was turning into desert.

More of our scientists who shape The Next 50 years here in Windsor-Essex, the Great Lakes Region, and around the globe.

Diagenesis, low-temperature geochemistry.
Dr. Ihsan Al-Aasm

Environmental, analytical and applied geochemistry.
Dr. Joel Gagnon

Geochemistry, hydrothermal systems and mineral deposits.
Dr. Iain Samson

Geomicrobiology, applied geochemistry, biogeochemistry.
Dr. Chris Weisener

Paleomagnetism and rock magnetism of hydrocarbon-associated rocks, environmental magnetism.
Dr. Maria Cioppa

Coastal geomorphology and management.
Dr. Alan Trenhaile

Geofluids, hydrogeology and geophysics.
Dr. Jianwen Yang

Modelling, analysis, and visualization of complex systems.
Dr. Phil Graniero

Aquatic toxicology, aquatic ecology.
Dr. Aaron Fisk

Coastal and aeolian environments, impact of extreme storms on barrier islands, boundary conditions in swash zone morphodynamics, wave attenuation through submerged vegetation, and geological controls on beach-dune recovery.
Dr. Chris Houser

Evolution of shore platforms, rates of weathering and erosion of rocky coasts.
Dr. Neil Porter

Rebecca Shearon, M.Sc. Candidate

Rebecca Shearon
M.Sc. Candidate

Currently studying geographic information systems (GIS) at the Master’s level, with a focus on modelling heavy metal air pollution distribution across Windsor through the use of biomonitors (tree leaves, specifically) and land use regression approaches. Recently awarded the Esri Canada GIS Scholarship. 

Matthew Brzozowski, Recent Ph.D. Graduate

Matthew Brzozowski
Recent Ph.D. Graduate

Currently studying the application of mineralogy, mineral textures, and high resolution mineral chemistry to characterize the magmatic and hydrothermal processes that generated and modified Cu and platinum-group element (PGE) mineralization in the Eastern Gabbro of the Cold well Complex, Canada. 

Patrick Schmidt, Ph.D. Student

Patrik Schmidt
Ph.D. Student

The resources for everything we use on a daily basis is either mined or farmed, to ensure the supply of critical metals like Tantalum, Niobium, and Rare Earth Elements (REE) for future generations, his research focuses on the formation of these deposits. 

Kyle Prestanski, M.Sc.

Kyle Prestanski, M.Sc.

Began his career in waste management, eventually transitioning into the oil and gas industry in 2013. Today, Kyle is using his skills, like analytical and critical thinking, by joining his wife’s sales and marketing business. 

Michael G. Babechuk, Ph.D.

Michael G. Babechuk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His current work involves the use of ultra-trace element and stable metal isotope geochemistry. 

Christine Daly, P.Biol., M.Sc., Ph.D. Student

Christine Daly, P.Biol., M.Sc., Ph.D. Student

Senior Reclamation Advisor at Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest energy company, and currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Calgary in Environmental Design. 

Melissa Price, Geochemistry Technician
“I loved dinosaurs and space when I was young! I chose geology as my field of study because my local school (UWindsor) offered a Geology co-op program option.”

Melissa Price
Geochemistry Technician

Dr. Maria Cioppa, Associate Professor
“I actually wanted to be a musician, but took sciences in high school as well. In my last year of high school, I came down with a severe ear/throat infection and couldn’t practice, so I ended up doing a lot of science, and did a project on volcanoes. Then when I applied to university, I took geology in first year and loved it.“

Dr. Maria Cioppa
Assistant Professor

Dr. Chris Weisener
“Our world is dynamic and in an environmental context at least chemically follows laws of thermodynamics. Microbes will often bend the rules in order to survive and thrive, geochemically this makes them interesting.”

Dr. Chris Weisener

“I was mainly inspired to pursue my geological research by one of my undergraduate professors, who then became my PhD advisor.”

Dr. Iain Samson

Our Scientists at Work

Our Own Backyard

Ojibway | Viewpointe Winery | Point Pelee | Detroit River | Ambassador Park

Environmental teaching & research in our own backyard helps shape The Next 50 years here in Windsor-Essex, the Great Lakes Region, and around the globe. Even our undergraduate students receive ample opportunity to explore in the field.

Beyond YQG

Costa Rica | Colorado | Kentucky | Iceland | India | China | Grand Canyon

In its first year, 2 per cent of our UWindsor science undergrads have now studied abroad, and we have a goal of doubling that number next year. Next year we hope to add new programs to the remote areas of the Arctic and northern Europe in addition to more offerings in Costa Rica.

Dr. Chris HouserDean, Faculty of Science and Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science

University of Windsor

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences