Centre for Environment and SustainabilityWestern Science

Research Affiliates

Selected Papers and Abstracts

Patricia Corcoran, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences


Corcoran, P.L., Norris, T., Ceccanese, T., Walzak, M.J., Helm, P.A., Marvin, C.H., 2015. Hidden plastics of Lake Ontario, Canada and their potential preservation in the sedimentary record. Environmental Pollution, 204: 17-25.

Alford, L.K., Corcoran, P., Driedger, A., Duhaime, M., Durr, H., Helm, P., Mason, S.A., Norris, T., 2014. Microplastics pollution in the Great Lakes ecosystem: summary of presentations at IAGLR 2014. Lake Scientist, http://www.lakescientist.com/microplastics-pollution-great-lakes-ecosystem-summary-presentations-iaglr-2014/.

Zbyszewski, M., Corcoran P.L., Hockin, A., 2014. Sources and Sinks for Plastic Debris in the Great Lakes of North America. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 40: 288-299.


Corcoran, P.L., Zbyszewski, M., Hockin, A., 2014. Distribution and Degradation of Plastic Debris along the Shorelines of the Great Lakes, North America. IAGLR 2014 (International Association for Great Lakes Research), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, May 26-30.

Norris, T., Corcoran, P.L., 2014. Transport Pathways and Accumulation Rates of Plastic Debris near Humber Bay, Lake Ontario. IAGLR 2014, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, May 26-30.

Norris, T., Corcoran, P.L., 2014. Transport pathways and accumulation rates of plastic debris near Humber Bay, Lake Ontario. 11th Annual Earth Day Colloquium, April, 2014, University of Western Ontario, p. 12.

Gail Atkinson, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences


Assatourians, K. and G. Atkinson (2013). EqHaz – An open-source probabilistic seismic hazard code based on the Monte-Carlo simulation approach. Seism. Res. L., in press.

Atkinson, G. and A. Babaie Mahani (2013). Estimation of moment magnitude from ground motions at regional distances. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 103, 107-116.

Ghofrani, H., G. Atkinson, K. Goda and K. Assatourians (2013). Stochastic finite-fault simulations of the 11th March Tohoku, Japan earthquake. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 103, 1307-1320.

Atkinson, G. (2012). The integration of emerging trends in engineering seismology. Proc. 15th World Conf. Earthq. Eng., Lisbon, Sept. 24-29, 2012.

Pal, J. and G. Atkinson (2012). Scenario ShakeMaps for Ottawa, Canada. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 102, 650-660.

Brian Branfireun, Professor, Department of Biology and Geography


Cole, AS, Steffen, A, Eckley CS, Narayan J, Pilote M, Tordon R, Graydon JA, St. Louis, Branfireun BA, A survey of mercury in air and precipitation across Canada: patterns and trends, ATMOSPHERE, In Press.

Farrick, KK*, Branfireun, BA. Soil water storage, rainfall, and runoff relationships in a tropical dry forest catchment, WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, In Press.

Morris, MA*, Spencer, KL, Belyea, LR, Branfireun BA, Temporal and spatial distributions of sediment mercury in restored coastal saltmarshes. MARINE CHEMISTRY, In Press.

Dieleman, CM*, Branfireun BA, McLaughlin, JW, and Lindo, Z. 2014. Climate change drives a shift in peatland ecosystem plant community: Implications for ecosystem function and stability. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY doi: 10.1111/gcb.12643, 2014.

Oswald, CJ*, Branfireun BA, Antecedent moisture conditions control mercury and dissolved organic carbon 1 concentration dynamics in a boreal headwater catchment, WAT RESOUR RES, 50(8), 2014, 6610–6627, 2014.

Tima Bansal, Professor, Richard Ivey School of Business


Natalia Ortiz-de-Mandojana and Pratima Bansal (2016), Building Organizational Resilience through Social And Environmental Practices. Strategic Management Journal, 37: 1615-1631.

Natalie Slawinski and Pratima Bansal (2015), Short on Time: Intertemporal Tensions in Business Sustainability, Organization Science. 26(2): 531-549. INFORMS President's pick, August 2015.

Pratima Bansal, Jijun Gao, and Israr Qureshi (2014), The Extensiveness of Corporate Social and Environmental Commitment across Firms over Time, Organization Studies, 35(7): 949-966.

Pratima Bansal and Mark DesJardine (2014), Business Sustainability: It's about Time, Strategic Organization, 12(1): 70-78.

Taiyuan Wang and Pratima Bansal (2012) Social Responsibility in New Ventures: Profiting from a Long-Term Orientation. Strategic Management Journal. 33: 1135–1153.

Ian Colquhoun, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology


2016 Blue-eyed Black Lemur (Eulemur flavifrons -- Gray, 1867), and Black Lemur (Eulemur macaco -- Linnaeus, 1766); pp. 65 & 67-68 in: All the World’s Primates (Noel Rowe and Marc Myers, eds.). East Hampton, New York: Pogonias Press (on-line version, see:http://alltheworldsprimates.com).

2016 Sato, H., Santini, L., Patel, E. R., Campera, M., Yamashita, N., Colquhoun, I. C., and Donati, G. Dietary Flexibility and Feeding Strategies of Eulemur: A Comparison with Propithecus. International Journal of Primatology 37(1) -- Special Issue: New Research Directions in the Genus Eulemur (Guest editors Giuseppe Donati and Steig Johnson): 109-129; doi: 10.1007/s10764-015-9877-6.

2015 Community-managed conservation efforts at Tsingy Mahaloka/KOFAMA, northern Madagascar: Right place at the wrong time? Madagascar Conservation & Development 10, S1: 35-41 (Available at: http://journalmcd.com/index.php/mcd/issue/view/82/showToc).

2014 Schwitzer, C., Mittermeier, R. A., Johnson, S. E., Donati, G., Irwin, M., Peacock, H.,Ratsimbazafy, J., Razafindramanana, J., Louis, E. E., Chikhi, L., Colquhoun, I. C.,Tinsman, J., Dolch, R., LaFleur, M., Nash, S., Patel, E., Randrianambinina, B.,Rasolofoharivelo, T., and Wright, P. C. Averting Lemur Extinctions amid Madagascar’s Political Crisis. Science 343 (6173): 842-843; doi: 10.1126/science.1245783.

2011 A Review and Interspecific Comparison of Nocturnal and Cathemeral Strepsirhine Primate Olfactory Behavioural Ecology. International Journal of Zoology – Focus Issue: Behavioural Ecology; Volume 2011, Article ID 362976, doi: 10.1155/2011/362976 (see: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijz/2011/362976/).

Irena Creed, Professor, Department of Biology and Geography


Rains MC, Leibowitz SG, Cohen MJ, Creed IF, Golden HE, Jawitz JW, Kalla P, Lane CL, Lang MW, McLaughlin DL, Raanan-Kipperwas H. In Press. Geographically isolated wetlands as part of the hydrological landscape. Hydrological Processes. Invited. [PDF]

Serran J, Creed IF. In Press. New mapping techniques to estimate the preferential loss of small wetlands on prairie landscapes. Hydrological Processes. [PDF]

Sorichetti RJ, Creed IF, Trick CG. 2016. Iron and iron-binding ligands as cofactors that limit cyanobacteria biomass across a lake trophic gradient. Freshwater Biology 61: 146-157. [PDF]

Friedman K, Creed IF. 2015. Innovative responses to trans-boundary challenges. In Sietchiping R, Tuts R (Eds). International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning: Towards a Compendium of Inspiring Practices. United Nations Human Settlements Programme, Nairobi, Kenya. p. 32. [PDF]

Creed IF, McKnight DM, Pellerin B, Green MB, Bergamaschi B, Aiken G, Findlay SEG, Burns D, Shanley J, Striegl R, Aulenbach B, Clow D, Laudon H, McGlynn B, McGuire K, Smith R, Stackpoole S. 2015. The river as a chemostat: fresh perspectives on dissolved organic matter flowing down the river continuum. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 1272-1285. [PDF]

Jason Gerhard, Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Rashwan, T.L., J.I. Gerhard and G. Grant (2016). Self-sustaining smouldering combustion as a novel destruction method for wastewater biosolids. Waste Management, In Press. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2016.01.037.<

Rashwan, T.L., J.I. Gerhard and G. Grant (2016). Application of self-sustaining smouldering combustion for the destruction of wastewater biosolids. Waste Management, 50:201-212.

Yermán, L., H. Wall, J. Torero, J.I. Gerhard and Y-L Cheng (2016). Smouldering combustion as a treatment technology for faeces: sensitivity to key parameters. Combustion Science and Technology. doi: 0.1080/00102202.2015.1136299.

Scholes, G., J.I. Gerhard, G.P. Grant, D.W. Major and J.E. Vidumsky (2015). Smoldering remediation of coal tar contaminated soil: Pilot field tests of STAR. Environmental Science and Technology, 49(24):14334-14342.

Molnar, I.L., W.P. Johnson, J.I. Gerhard, C.S. Willson and D.M. O'Carroll (2015). Predicting colloid transport through saturated porous media: A critical review. Water Resources Research, 51(9):6804-6845.

Fred Longstaffe, Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth Sciences


Colborne SF, Peres-Neto PR, Longstaffe FJ & Neff BD (in press) Sexual selection trumps foraging ecology: morphology of a fish with alternative reproductive tactics. Behavioral Ecology.

Fraser EE, Longstaffe, FJ & Fenton MB (in press) Moulting matters: the importance of understanding bat moulting cycles when using fur for endogenous marker analysis. Canadian Journal of Zoology.

Knudson KJ, Webb EC, White CD & Longstaffe FJ (in press) Baseline data for Andean paleomobility research: a radiometric strontium isotope study of Peruvian soils. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.

Libbey RB, Longstaffe FJ & Flemming RL (in press) Clay mineralogy, oxygen isotope geochemistry and water/rock ratio estimates, Te Mihi area, Wairakei Geothermal Field, New Zealand. Clays and Clay Minerals.

Olsen KC, Cleland S, White CD & Longstaffe FJ (in press) Human dedicatory burials from Altun Ha, Belize: exploring residential history through enamel microwear and tissue isotopic compositions. In: The Bioarchaeology of Space and Place: Ideology, Power and Meaning in Maya Mortuary Contexts Springer Press. Edited by G Wrobel.

Yolanda Morbey, Associate Professor, Department of Biology


Gerson, M.A., S.A.C. Marklevitz and Y.E. Morbey. 2016. Timing of spawning and predicted fry emergence by naturalized Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in a Lake Huron tributary. J. Great Lakes Res. 42:678-686. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2016.03.008.

Marklevitz, S.A.C., B.J. Fryer, J. Johnson, D. Gonder, and Y.E. Morbey. 2016. Otolith microchemistry reveals spatio-temporal heterogeneity of natal sources and inter-basin migrations of Chinook salmon in Lake Huron. J Great Lakes Res. 42:668-677. doi: 10.1016/j.jglr.2016.03.007.

Bazzi, G., A. Galimberti, Q.R. Hays, I. Bruni, J.G. Cecere, L. Gianfranceschi, KA. Hobson, Y.E. Morbey, N. Saino, C.G. Guglielmo, D. Rubolini. 2016. Adcyap1 polymorphism covaries with breeding latitude in a Nearctic migratory songbird, the Wilson’s warbler (Cardellina pusilla). Ecol. Evol. 6:3226-3239. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2053.

Schmaljohann, H., C. Meier, D. Arlt, F. Bairlein, H. van Oosten, Y.E. Morbey, S. Åkesson, M. Buchmann, N. Chernetsov, R. Desaever, J. Elliott, M. Hellström, F. Liechti, A. López, J. Middleton, U. Ottosson, T. Pärt, F. Spina. 2016. Proximate causes of avian protandry differ between subspecies with contrasting migration challenges. Behav. Ecol. 27:321-331. doi:10.1093/beheco/arv160.

Thorn, M.W., and Y.E. Morbey. 2016. Evidence for the secondary sexual development of the anal fin in female kokanee salmon Oncorhynchus nerka. J. Fish Biol. 88:448-458. doi:10.1111/jfb.12800.

Desmond Moser, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences and Geography


Moser, D.E., Cupelli, C. L., Barker, I., Flowers, R.M., Bowman, J.R., Wooden, J., Hart, R., 2011, New zircon shock phenomena and their use for dating and reconstruction of large impact structures revealed by electron nanobeam (EBSD, CL, EDS) and isotopic U-Pb and (U-Th)/He analysis of the Vredefort dome. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences (Tom Krogh special volume); 48: 117-139.

Moser, D.E., Davis, W.J., Reddy, S.R., Flemming, R.L., and Hart, R.J., 2009, Zircon U-Pb strain chronometry reveals deep impact-triggered flow, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 277, 73-79.

Moser, D.E., Bowman, J.R., Wooden, J., Valley, J.W., Mazdab, F., Kita, N., 2008, Creation of a continent recorded in zircon zoning, Geology, 36; no. 3; p. 239–242; doi: 10.1130/G24416A.1; 3 figures; Data Repository item 2008059.

Moser, D.E., Flowers, R., and Hart, R.J., 2001, Birth of the Kaapvaal tectosphere 3.08 billion years ago. Science, 291: 465-468.

Moser, D.E. 1997. Dating the shock wave and thermal imprint of the giant Vredefort impact, South Africa. Geology, 25:7-10.

David Shoesmith, Professor, Department of Chemistry


N. Ebrahimi, He, X., Noël, J. J., Zagidulin, D., Bachhav, M., Marquis, E., and Shoesmith, D. W., “The Advantage of Atomic Probe Tomography in Investigationof the Role of Iron Content on Crevice Corrosion Behaviour of Grade-2 Titanium”, Corrosion 2016. NACE, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2016.

J. Turnbull, Behazin, M., Zagidulin, D., Ramamurthy, S., Wren, J. C., and Shoesmith, D. W., “Corrosion of Copper Nuclear Waste Containers by Nitric Acid”, Corrosion 2016. Vancouver, BC, 2016.

M. Goldman and Shoesmith, D., “The Effect of Sulphide on the Corrosion of Carbon Steel in Neutral to Slightly Alkaline Environments ”, NACE Corrosion 2016. Vancouver, 2016.

T. Standish, Zagidulin, D., Ramamurthy, S., Nelson, A., Keech, P. G., and Shoesmith, D. W., “The Evolution of Galvanic Corrosion on Copper-Coated Carbon Steel Determined by In-Situ X-ray Microtomography”, Corrosion 2016. Vancouver, BC, 2016.

Z. Zhu and Shoesmith, D. W., “Hydrogen Peroxide Decomposition on SIMFUEL in Carbonate Solutions”, Spent Fuel Workshop 2016. Stockholm, Sweden, 2016.

Brent Sinclair, Professor, Department of Biology


MacMillan, H.A., Knee, J.M., Dennis, A.B., Udaka, H., Marshall, K.E., Merritt, T.J.S. & Sinclair, B.J. (in press) Cold acclimation wholly reorganises the Drosophila melanogaster transcriptome and metabolome. Scientific Reports.

Toxopeus, J., Lebenzon, J.E., McKinnon, A.H & Sinclair, B.J. (in press) Freeze tolerance of Cyphoderris monstrosa (Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae). Canadian Entomologist.

Anthony, S.E., Buddle, C.M. & Sinclair, B.J. (in press) Thermal biology and immersion tolerance of the Beringian pseudoscorpion Wyochernes asiaticus. Polar Biology.

Ferguson, L.V., Heinrichs, D.E. & Sinclair, B.J. 2016. Paradoxical acclimation responses in the thermal performance of insect immunity. Oecologia 181: 77-85.

Toxopeus, J., Jakobs, R., Ferguson, L.V., Gariepy, T.D. & Sinclair, B.J. 2016. Reproductive arrest and stress resistance in winter-acclimated Drosophila suzukii. Journal of Insect Physiology 89: 37-51.

James Voogt, Associate Professor, Department of Geography


Zhan, W., Y. Chen, J. Zhou, J. Wang, W. Liu, J. Voogt, X. Zhu, J. Quan, J. Li 2013: Disaggregation of remotely sensed land surface temperature: Literature survey, taxonomy, issues, and caveats. Remote Sensing of Environment, 131, 119-139.

Zhan, W., Y. Chen, J. Voogt, J. Zhou, J. Wang, W. Liu, W. Mad 2012: Interpolating diurnal surface temperatures of an urban facet using sporadic thermal observations. Building and Environment 57, 239-252.

Chen, F. Bornstein, R. Grimmond, S. Li, J. Liang, X., Martilli, A. Miao, S., Voogt, J. Wang, Y. 2012: Research priorities in observing and modeling urban weather and climate. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 93(11), 1725-1728. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00217.1

Henon, A., P.G. Mestayer, J-P. Lagouarde, J.A. Voogt. 2012: An urban neighborhood temperature and energy study from the CAPITOUL experiment with the SOLENE model. Part 1: analysis of flux contributions. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 110(1-2), 177-196. 10.1007/s00704-012-0615-0.

Henon, A., P.G. Mestayer, J-P. Lagouarde, J.A. Voogt. 2012: An urban neighborhood temperature and energy study from the CAPITOUL experiment with the SOLENE model. Part 2: influence of building surface heterogeneities. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 110(1-2), 197-208. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00704-012-0615-0.