Canada Research Chairs

NSERC’s Canada Research Chairs Program fund some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds. Meet the Canada Research Chairs at Western Science

Environment & Sustainability

Brian Branfireun 
Research Focus: Taking an interdisciplinary environmental science approach, Dr. Branfireun and his research group seek to understand the bidirectional nature of hydrological – ecological interactions at a range of scales. They direct their efforts toward ecosystems that are particularly sensitive to the impacts of natural and human-induced environmental change.

Extrasolar Planets

Stanimir Metchev
Research Focus: Stanimir Metchev's research is on planetary systems around nearby stars and on the atmospheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets. He also uses the spectra of extrasolar planets to directly probe the physical extent of planetary systems and of the chemistry of exoplanetary atmospheres.

Financial Econometrics

Lars Stentoft
Research Focus: Option pricing with flexible conditional distributions and option replication with transaction costs: an empirical comparison of stochastic volatility.

Meteor Science

Peter Brown 
Research Focus: Dr. Peter Brown study small bodies of the solar system with particular emphasis on meteors, meteorites, meteoroids, and asteroids answering basic questions about the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system.

Watershed Science

Irena Creed
Research Focus: Dr. Irene Creed is an ecosystem scientist work closely with my diverse and active research group to develop conceptual models, and to develop the scientific and practical tools needed to challenge our conceptual models, to determine the consequences of human modification on Earth. Her research group, together with collaborators from government, industry and an international network of scientists, study the impacts of global change (climate change, atmospheric pollution, and land use/land cover change) on ecosystem structure, function, and services. 

Carbon-based nanomaterials and nano-optoelectronics

Giovanni Fanchini
Research Focus: Dr. Giovanni Fanchini's research encompasses the preparation of carbon-based and organic nanomaterials and their use for the fabrication of optical and electronic devices such as thin film transistors and solar cells. In pursuing this topic, Dr. Fanchini utilizes specific characterization and modeling activities that focus on the spectroscopic investigation of electronic devices during operation.

Molecular Ecology & Landscape Genetics

Nusha Keyghobadi 
Research Focus: Dr.Nusha Keyghobadi is a molecular ecologist and research in my lab integrates concepts and methods from population genetics, conservation biology, and landscape ecology. She uses a combination of field and lab techniques to investigate factors that affect the genetic diversity, and spatial genetic structure, of populations. 

Nanomaterials and Photonics

François Lagugné-Labarthet
Research Focus: Dr. François Lagugné-Labarthet's research focuses on the study of materials and biomaterials organized at the nano- and micro-scales using a combination of scanning probe microscopy together with a variety of high-resolution optical microscopy techniques (Raman, Fluorescence). He is also making use of a state-of-the-art nanofabrication Facility at Western to design, fabricate and characterize original nanostructures with the aim to surpass the diffraction limit of light.

Planetary Materials

Audrey Bouvier
Research Focus: Understanding the formation and evolution of planetary bodies within the inner Solar System through chemical and isotopic studies of planetary materials. High-resolution chronometry of planetary processes based on short- and long-lived radionuclides to study the dynamics of the solar nebula, planetary formation and differentiation, and impact histories of planetary surfaces in the Solar System. Development of new geochemical approaches and cutting-edge laboratory techniques.

Stable Isotope Science

Fred Longstaffe 
Research Focus: Dr. Fred Longstaffe's main focus is environmental chemistry and climate reconstructions of past environments. Recent advancement, however, has allowed his laboratory to expand into new research areas including the investigation of anthropological materials to examine past diet and agricultural practices, as well as the investigation of meteoritic material to better understand the building blocks of our solar system.

Functional Genomics

Amanda Moehring 
Research focus: Dr. Amanda Moehring studies the genetics of complex traits. Her research focuses on the genetic basis of variation in behavior, the genetics of hybrid sterility, and species isolation.

Materials & Synchrotron Radiation

T.K. Sham 
Research Focus: Dr. T. K. Sham's research centres on the experimental and theoretical investigation of the electronic structure of matter and its interplay with materials properties, materials performance in a designed functionality and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on nanomaterials in general and energy materials and nanocarrier for drug delivery in particular. 

Industrial Research Chairs

Advanced Mineral Exploration

Neil Banerjee
Research Focus: Stable isotope biogeochemistry; Microbial alteration of modern and ancient oceanic crust; Evidence for early life on Earth; Formation and evolution of oceanic crust; Geochemical cycling at mid-ocean ridges; Formation of massive sulfide deposits at mid-ocean ridges; The origin and emplacement of ophiolites; Astrobiology.

Earth and Space Exploration

Gordon Osinski
Research Focus: Dr. Osinski's research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary in nature. His work synthesizes field, remote sensing, and laboratory observations with a range of geochemical data. His current research falls into three main areas: planetary geology, astrobiology, and economic geology.

Hazards from Induced Seismicity

Gail Atkinson
Research Focus: Seismic hazards, with a focus on eastern North America and the Cascadia subduction zone; Empirical analysis of earthquake ground motions; study of earthquake ground motions processes, including source, path and site; Real-time seismological applications (SHAKEMAP); Ground-motion modeling algorithms; Seismic hazards due to induced seismicity.

Magnetic Resonance System Development

Blaine Chronik
Research Focus: Improving MRI, developing new imaging methods, making magnetic resonance systems safe and compatible.