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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 30, 2014
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Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University is a strong, dynamic and innovative Department that prides itself as a consistent provider of high quality scholarly activity, programs and courses.

At the undergraduate level we offer nine programs that cover a broad spectrum of Geography. We offer BA and BSc degrees at both the Honours and General levels as well as combined programs. Our newest undergraduate program is the Geography and Geomatics degree.

At the graduate level, we offer MA, MES, MSc and PhD degrees in four fields of specialization: Environmental and Resource Management, Environmental Science, Human, and Geomatics.

The mission statement of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies stresses its commitment to: continuing to provide a dynamic undergraduate program covering a full range of knowledge, techniques and applications in geography and environmental studies; providing an array of stimulating undergraduate courses as a service to students from other disciplines; a graduate program emphasizing independent knowledge generation; faculty members engaged in developing new knowledge, innovative technical and educational approaches, with national and international horizons and fields of activity.

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Undergraduate Advisor (Geography)

Dr. Steven Roberts
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 2420
Office:  Arts 3C11
Office Hours: email for appointment  

Undergraduate Advisor (Environmental Studies)
Dr. James Hamilton
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext. 2061
Office:  Arts 2E11
Office Hours: email for appointment 

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Gilian Opolko, Geography & Environmental Studies Supervisors: Mike English, Merrin Macrae Title of Research: The effect of different tillage practices on seasonal trends and event loads of suspended sediment and phosphorus in subsurface runoff from tile-drained fields in Southwestern Ontario. The core objective of Gilian Opolkoís research is to quantify the export of phosphorus and sediment in subsurface runoff from tile-drained agricultural fields treated with different tillage methods, and to determine temporal differences in mass flux as affected by melt events, precipitation events, and season. This research is particularly important for Southwestern Ontario due to the predominance of agricultural land use and increasing frequency of algae blooms in Lake Erie. Phosphorus has been identified as the primary limiting nutrient in freshwater ecosystems and increased nutrient inputs result in devastating effects on water quality, native aquatic food chains, aesthetic value, and recreational potential. In this study, the export of phosphorus in tile effluent correlates positively with suspended sediment concentrations and measured values appear to be greatest in fields where there is considerable disruption to the soil profile. The practical implications of this research include improvements to agricultural best management practices and greater control over non-point nutrient inputs to Lake Erie.

Gilian Opolko
Master of Science Candidate,
Geography & Environmental Studies