Team Members

Current Students:

Alexis Robinson, PhD Candidate

Research/Interest Statement: Applications of remote sensing and spatial analysis for research on climate change impacts to the cryosphere in Northern regions, specifically in Canada's Northern Regions with regards to climate and hydrology.  Past Research: Spatial and temporal modeling of high arctic streamflow using spatial analyses remotely sensed data and physically distributed modelling.

Laura Alejandra Alvarez Salinas, MSc Thesis: Conductive Heat Flow through temperate region lake ice (Working Title)

My research interests consist of lake ice climate interactions, cryosphere research, climate change, and hydrology. My Master's research is focused on the effect of snow ice on the conductive heat flow through lake ice in temperate regions. My study will incorporate the collection of data through fieldwork, past collected data and computer analyses in order to determine how conductive heat flow affects lake ice formation, thickness, as well as snow cover. Other than my interest in physical geography, I am an artist and enjoy creative writing.

Laura Alejandra Alvarez Salinas

Andrew Forbes, MSc Student

My research and professional interests include tidal predictions, tidal analysis, water level measurements, hydrographic surveying, the Canadian Arctic, GNSS, geodesy, remote sensing, GIS, and climatology and its effects on water level records. I have been employed with the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) for the past 10 years as a Multidisciplinary Hydrographer. Most of my work has involved hydrographic surveying in the Canadian Arctic and on the Great Lakes. For the past three years, I have been working in the Tides, Currents, and Water Level operations unit, responsible for collecting water level observations in support of hydrographic surveys, the Continuous Vertical Datum for Canada Waters (CVDCW) project, the International Great Lakes Datum 2020 update project as well as the Central and Arctic Regions permanent and temporary tidal/water level gauging networks. My research at UTM involves exploring meteorological enhanced predicted tides in the Canadian Arctic to validate separation models used for the vertical reduction in hydrographic surveys.

Andrew Forbes

Eisha Mirza, MSc Student

My master’s research aims to investigate the effects of stream inflows on central Ontario lake ice. As ice thickness cannot be manually measured in the unsafe inflow regions, thickness is inferred from vertical temperature profiles in combination with lake ice modeling. This research will contribute towards improving the methodology for modeling lake ice formation by using ground-based ice observations. It will also benefit the snowmobiling community by providing detailed information on the ice thickness and stream inflow relationships.

Daniel Serrano Cadena, MSc Student

My research interests are lake ice climate interactions, regional climate trends, hydrological systems, and computer modeling. Currently, I am studying the effects of mid-winter rain on lake ice for lakes located in central Ontario. This is being done by incorporating the effects of rain into a lake ice computer model to understand how mid-winter rain affects freeze-up and break-up dates, ice thickness, and ice composition.

Xiaomeng Zuo, MSc Thesis: The Impact of Summer Precipitation on Snow Cover Extent in the Canadian Arctic (Working Title)

The objective of my graduate study is to identify the distribution of summertime snow cover extent variations in the Canadian Arctic using reanalysis data, and compare them with time, intensity, and amount of summer precipitation. Due to the unevenness of local surface properties, such as landcover type and morphology, the observed changes will be different. In areas with large variations, I will further analyze the reasons for the local changes and explore future trends.

Xiaomeng Zuo

Noah Bacal, MSc Thesis: Title TBA

My research interests include looking at how snow cover impacts seasonal lake ice thickness in southern Ontario and Manitoba. By combining data from in-situ measurements with that of an airborne SAR sensor, I hope to develop a relationship between lake ice thickness and radar backscatter that may be used for larger-scale observations of temperate region lake ice

Xiaomeng Zuo

Brianna Lane, MSc Thesis: Changing Arctic Snow and Ice: in situ monitoring using digital camera imagery

My research interests include lake ice climate interactions, cryosphere research, and climate change. My Master’s research will focus on monitoring lake ice and snow in the Central Canadian High Arctic. I aim to develop a feasible method for snow and ice data quantification using ground-based cameras. My study will examine recent variability in snow and ice phenology and compare this variability to longer historical changes in the study region.

Xiaomeng Zuo



Former Team Members:

Graduate Research Projects:

Alicia Dauginis, 2020 MSc Thesis: An Investigation of Snow and Ice Phenology in the Arctic from 1997 – 2019

Justin Murfitt (@Murf_Research), 2018 MSc Thesis: Monitoring Ice Phenology and Characteristics in Mid-latitudes using RADARSAT-2

Sarah Ariano, 2017 MSc Thesis: An Investigation Temperate Region Lake Ice in Central Ontario


Undergraduate Research Projects:

Navkaran Kumar, 2019 - 2020, BSc Thesis: Changing lake ice conditions in central Ontario

Noah Bacal, 2019 - 2020, Research Assistant: Haliburton Project

Navkaran Kumar, 2019 - 2020, Research Assistant: Historical Haliburton Lake Ice

Samantha Au-Yeung, 2019 - 2020, Research Intern: Canadian Lake Ice

Daniel Serrano Cadena, 2018 - 2019, BSc Thesis: Quantifying lake ice coverage from digital imagery

Justine Pulzanen, 2018 - 2019, Research Assistant - ROP: Exploring Lake Ice Modelling for Lake Hazen, Ellesemere Island

William Sturch, 2018 - 2019, Research Assistant: Haliburton Project

Alicia Dauginis, 2017 - 2018, BSc Thesis: Sea ice, snow cover, and snow melt conditions between 2000 - 2017 on Bathurst Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Teeba Al-Khishman, 2017 - 2018, BSc Thesis: Investigating the temporal and spatial variability of snow-cover on Bathurst Island, Nunavut, Canada, using Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS): 2003-2017

Amna Askri, 2016 - 2017, BSc Thesis: Past & Future Modelling of Central Ontario Lake Ice in Relation to Changing Climate from 1900-2100

Evan Thompson, 2016 - 2017, Research Assistant: Haliburton Project

Justin Murfitt, 2015 - 2016, BSc Thesis: Using Remote Sensing Data to Assess Trends in Lake Ice within Ontario and Manitoba between 2001-2014

Sean Yokoyama, 2015-2016 Research Assistant: Haliburton Project

Amna Askri, 2016 Research Assistant - ROP:  Assessment of lake ice formation and decay from digital imagery

Dingyi (Alvin) Xiong, 2015 GGR399: Spatial And Temporal Analysis Of Lake Ice In The Northern Hemisphere

Urwa Sajjid, 2015 GGR399: Climate – Ice interactions for Ontario Lakes