Faculty Members

Pauline Barmby

Pauline Barmby

Professor, Physics & Astronomy, Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Observational astrophysics: multi-wavelength studies of nearby galaxies
Pamela Block

Pamela Block

Professor, Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: My research focuses on “disability culture” and cultural perceptions of disability in the United States, Brazil and Canada. I study disability experience on individual, organizational and community levels, focusing on socio-environmental barriers, empowerment/capacity-building, and health promotion. My qualitative research methodologies combine historical and discourse analyses with community-based ethnographic and participatory approaches. I am particularly interested in multiple marginalization and the intersections of gender, race, poverty, and disability in movements for disability liberation (justice and rights) and disability oppression (eugenics, sterilization, mass-incarceration and killing in Brazil, the United States and Canada. Finally, I engage actively in discussions of the emergence of neurodivergence and disability studies in Brazil and other Global South Countries.
Jan Cami

Jan Cami

Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: The formation and evolution of large molecules and dust grains in space and the interaction with their environment.
Chios Carmody

Chios Carmody

Associate Professor & Canadian National Director, Canada-United States Law Institute, Faculty of Law, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Chios' research interests focus on the fields of international law, international organizations, private law (contract/tort/restitution) and justice. His current work focuses on identifying the way in which legal systems constitute complex adaptive systems aimed at attaining justice. He is pursuing this topic by developing a theory of the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), a "system of ideas" which might serve as the basis for a general theory of law.
Sayra Cristancho

Sayra Cristancho

Associate Professor, Surgery / Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: My research program overall looks at the processes of team adaptation in unexpected, acute and high-stakes situations. Up to now, my research has taken place in clinical contexts including trauma teams, surgical teams, intensive care teams, etc. As my research is informed by systems theories, including swarm intelligence, that have been applied in other contexts and very nascent in healthcare, I am currently interested in learning from teams who are required to perform in complex environments, such as SWAT teams, earth and space exploration teams and high-stakes business teams.
Isha DeCoito

Isha DeCoito

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Faculty of Education/Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Research Internets / Specializations: STEMM Education (outreach, gender, diversity, teacher education; professional development, student engagement, career aspirations; 21st century learning skills); Engineering Education (program and curriculum development, improving access and equitable opportunities); Technology Enhanced Learning (eLearning, blended learning, gamification, timelines, etc.); Nature of Science and Engineering; Medical Education (program and curriculum development); Case studies; Project Based Learning; Improving educational attainment amongst Indigenous youth
Christopher DeGroot

Christopher DeGroot

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Urban sustainability; Photosynthetic carbon capture; Sewer infrastructure; Building energy efficiency; Water/wastewater treatment
Jonathan De Souza

Jonathan De Souza

Associate Professor, Music Research & Composition, Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: My research explores music, embodiment, and technology, combining music theory with cognitive science and philosophy. At present, I'm particularly interested in musical ensembles. In piano duos, rock bands, or orchestras with more than a hundred players, musicians coordinate their actions and the sounds they produce. How do ensemble members communicate and respond to each other, gesturally or sonically? What technologies, techniques, or musical features facilitate such interactions? I'm using various tools to investigate these questions, including social network analysis.
Christopher Essex

Christopher Essex

Professor, Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Nonlinear dynamics and applications
Kane Faucher

Kane Faucher

Assistant Professor, Media, Information and Technoculture, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Political Economy of Information and Data; Online Social Capital; Algorithms and Social Behaviour; Strategic Planning (Public Sector); Trilobites / Invertebrate Paleontology
Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin

Associate Professor, Management and Organizational Studies Departmment, Facaulty of Arts and Social Science, Huron University College, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Bill Wrin's research interests centers on issues of policy, leadership, and community engagement. He is interested in exploring models of program and policy evaluation focused on qualitative evaluation and on outcome and impact analysis; with principal interest focused on the interplay between institutions and community.
Michael Katchabaw

Michael Katchabaw

Associate Professor, Computer Science, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Game development; Adaptive gameplay; Virtual / augmented reality; Interactive simulations
Gregory Kopp

Gregory Kopp

Professor, Civil Engineering, Engineering, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Wind engineering; climate change
Wonkyong (Beth) Lee

Wonkyong (Beth) Lee

Assistant Professor, DAN department of Management and Organizational Studies, Faculty of Social Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests largely pertain to transformative consumer research (TCR), which focuses on significant social challenges (e.g., materialism, addiction, and at-risk consumers) in modern marketplaces and is aimed at informing policy and improving consumer welfare and quality of life globally. More specifically, my research interests have largely pertained to TCR by focusing on addictive consumption such as smoking, social marketing (especially marketing communications), and the policy environment.
Alan Leschied

Alan Leschied

Professor Emeritus, Psychology, Faculty of Education, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Trauma informed care in CAS and Child an Youth Mental Health
Zoe Lindo

Zoe Lindo

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Research in my lab broadly focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem function relationships using soil systems as models. Soils contain the majority of the world’s biodiversity and perform critical functions such as nutrient cycling and carbon storage. To link biodiversity to ecosystem function we use energetic food web models and assessments of ecosystem stability. My empirical work explores how these relationships change under climate warming and other global change factors.
Rogemar Mamon

Rogemar Mamon

Professor, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Actuarial modelling; financial risk management and sustainability in agriculture and aquaculture; environmental derivatives and conservation management; stochastic processes and statistical inference
Ileana Paul

Ileana Paul

Associate Professor, French Studies / Interfaculty Program in Linguistics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Linguistics, syntax, structure of Malagasy, dialectal variation
Hassan Peerhossaini

Hassan Peerhossaini

Professor & Western Research Chair in Urban Resilience and Sustainability, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Urban dynamical systems; Urban climate change adaptation; Urban resilience and sustainability; Nonlinear systems and transition to chaos; Active fluids; Bacterial physics in complex environments
Robert Shcherbakov

Robert Shcherbakov

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests are concerned with the studies of open non-linear dynamical and stochastic systems. Topics I am currently interested in are: earthquake physics and statistics; temporal and spatial scaling properties of earthquakes and aftershocks; earthquake hazard assessment and forecasting; applications of continuum mechanics to fracture processes in solids, rocks, and the earth crust; self-organized critical behaviour in non-linear dissipative complex systems.
Nafiz Shuva

Nafiz Shuva

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Information behaviour; immigrants; public libraries; health information seeking; culturally situated information behaviour; open access; public libraries; reading practices
Slobodan Simonovic

Slobodan Simonovic

Professor Emeritus amd Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Professor Slobodan Simonovic has made seminal contributions to the development of systems engineering approaches to the planning, designing and managing of complex water resources systems in the search for sustainable and robust physical and societal solutions, based on stakeholders’ value systems and ethical principles. He has utilized probabilistic and fuzzy simulation and optimization for addressing subjective and objective uncertainties in managing water resources systems. Moreover, Dr. Simonovic has contributed to the solution of complex reservoir operations problems; developed effective flood management measures; improved assessment of climate change impacts on local scales; and developed decision support for integrated water resources management.
Sandra Smeltzer

Sandra Smeltzer

Associate Professor and Assistant Dean, Research, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Community engaged learning; Ethical experiential learning; Critical communications / media studies
David Smith

David Smith

Associate Professor, Biology, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Genome evolution and comparative genomics with a strong focus on eukaryotic microbes and their organelle genomes (e.g., mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes).
Maxwell Smith

Maxwell Smith

Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Public health ethics, bioethics, health policy
Jay Stock

Jay Stock

Professor, Department Of Anthropology, Faculty of Social Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Human adaptability, bioarchaeology, skeletal biology, phenotypic plasticity, human variation, growth and development, evolutionary ecology, biomechanics and behaviour, allometry, hunter-gatherers, the Pleistocene-Holocene transition, the origins of agriculture.
Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: My lab studies the biological basis of insect social behaviour; how it evolves, how it is maintained and why some species are social while others are not. My lab uses natural history information from insects, the theory of social evolution and state-of-the-art gene technology imported from the medical sciences to discover how molecules influence the evolution and expression of social traits.
Paul F. Tremblay

Paul F. Tremblay

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Social Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Research design, statistical modeling, and psychometrics in psychology and overlapping disciplines. In particular, I teach and conduct research in structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, longitudinal modeling, and item response theory. In multilevel modeling, one exciting contemporary problem is how to model emergence in team performance. Within psychology, I am interested in broad frameworks that take into account cognition, affect (including interoception), and volition, and most of my research has focused on individual differences in academic motivation, aggressive dispositions, and mental health.
William Turkel

William Turkel

Professor, History, Social Sciences, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: I do computational history, big history, STS, physical computing, desktop fabrication, electronics, sound and esoterica. Most of my research involves text and image mining and machine learning. I am also currently working with Jeff Lupker, a PhD student in music, on bridging musical big data with AI-assisted composition. In the past I've worked on modelling the evolution and historical change of natural languages. I've also been programming for about 40 years, and am the author of an open source, open access and open content textbook Digital Research Methods with Mathematica.
Nadine Wathen

Nadine Wathen

Professor & Canada Research Chair, FIMS, Nursing, CREVAWC, FIMS, FHS, Education, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: The health and social service sector response to gender-based violence, interventions to reduce health inequities, and the science of knowledge mobilization, with a focus on partnerships to enhance the use of research in policy and practice
Geoff Wild

Geoff Wild

Associate Professor, School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences, Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Evolutionary biology, dynamics of natural populations, game theory, mathematical modelling, differential equations and dynamical systems
Frankie Young

Frankie Young

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University

Research Interests / Specializations: Indigenous economic development, Indigenous self-government, property law, banking , finance, business law, Indigenous laws, Indigenous sovereignty.