Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Natural Resource Sciences

Location

Location

  • Macdonald-Stewart Building, Room MS3-039
  • McGill University, Macdonald Campus
  • 21,111 Lakeshore Road
  • Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC H9X 3V9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7773
  • Fax: 514-398-7990
  • Email: info.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/nrs

About the Department of Natural Resource Sciences

About the Department of Natural Resource Sciences

As humans depend on a wide variety of ecosystem services, society is becoming increasingly aware of the need for sustainable management of natural resources. We require the natural world to provide us with necessities such air, water, food, and energy, but also depend on ecosystems for services such as nutrient cycling, biodiversity, recreation, and the splendour of nature. Sustainable management of natural resources via governance of human activities requires an understanding of all of these elements.

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is a multidisciplinary group with a wide range of interests, including wildlife and fish biology, entomology, agriculture, soil science, microbiology, genomics, meteorology, forest science, landscape ecology, agricultural and resource economics, and environmental policy. We are concerned with the populations and diversity of organisms within ecosystems; the flow of energy and nutrients through ecosystems; and processes that influence human behaviour toward ecosystem services and the environment. Our graduate programs in agricultural economics, entomology, microbiology, and renewable resources, allow students to gain disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth.

Natural Resource Sciences plays a strong role in several undergraduate programs, from the inter-departmental Majors in:

  • Environmental Biology;
  • Life Sciences (Biological and Agricultural);
  • Environment (McGill School of Environment);
  • Agro-Environmental Sciences; and
  • Agricultural Economics;

to the Specializations such as:

  • Applied Ecology;
  • Wildlife Biology;
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology;
  • Agribusiness; and
  • Environmental Economics.
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2019-2020 (last updated May. 17, 2019) (disclaimer)

Natural Resource Sciences Faculty

Natural Resource Sciences Faculty

Chair
Brian Driscoll
Graduate Program Director
Benoît Côté
Program Director - Agricultural Economics
Paul J. Thomassin
Emeritus Professors
David M. Bird; B.Sc.(Guelph), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) – Wildlife Biology
William H. Hendershot; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.) – Soil Science
Edmund S. Idziak; B.Sc.(Agr.), M.Sc.(McG.), D.Sc.(Delft) – Microbiology
Angus F. MacKenzie; B.S.A., M.Sc.(Sask.), Ph.D.(Cornell) – Soil Science
Peter H. Schuepp; Dipl.Sc.Nat.(Zür.), Ph.D.(Tor.) – Agricultural Physics
Robin K. Stewart; B.Sc.(Agr.), Ph.D.(Glas.) – Entomology
Professors
Peter Brown; B.A.(Haver.), M.A., Ph.D.(Col.) (joint appt. with Geography and McGill School of Environment) – Environmental Policy and Ethics
Christopher Buddle; B.Sc.(Guelph), Ph.D.(Alta.) – Forest Insect Ecology
James W. Fyles; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Vic., BC), Ph.D.(Alta.) (Tomlinson Chair in Forest Ecology) – Forest Resources
Paul J. Thomassin; B.Sc.(McG.), M.S., Ph.D.(Hawaii Pac.) – Agricultural and Environmental Economics
Joann Whalen; B.Sc.(Agr.)(Dal.), M.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ohio St.) – Soil Science (William Dawson Scholar)
Lyle G. Whyte; B.Sc.(Regina), Ph.D.(Wat.) – Microbiology
Associate Professors
Niladri Basu; B.Sc.(Qu.), M.Sc.(Br. Col.), Ph.D.(McG.) (Canada Research Chair) (joint appt. with School of Human Nutrition) – Ecotoxicology
Elena Bennett; B.A.(Oberlin), M.S., Ph.D.(Wisc.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment) – Ecosystem Ecology (EWR Steacie Fellowship)
Jeffrey Cardille; B.Sc.(Carn. Mell), M.Sc.(Georgia Tech.), M.Sc., PhD.(Wisc.) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment) – Landscape Ecology
Benoît Côté; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Laval) – Forest Resources
Brian T. Driscoll; B.Sc., Ph.D.(McM.) – Microbiology
Gary B. Dunphy; B.Sc.(New Br.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Nfld.) – Entomology
Sebastien Faucher; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Montr) – Microbiology
Gordon Hickey; B.Sc.(Melb.), Ph.D.(Br. Col.), EMPA(ANZSOG, Monash) – Sustainable Natural Resource Management (William Dawson Scholar)
Murray Humphries; B.Sc.(Manit.), M.Sc.(Alta.), Ph.D.(McG.) – Wildlife Biology (Northern Research Chair)
Nicolas Kosoy; B.Sc.(Univ. Simon Bolivar), M.Sc.(Kent & Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona), Ph.D.(Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona) (joint appt. with McGill School of Environment) – Ecological Economics
Ian B. Strachan; B.Sc.(Tor.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Qu.) – Micrometeorology
Assistant Professors
Kyle Elliott; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Manit.) (Canada Research Chair) – Avian Conservation Biology
Aurélie Harou; B.Sc.(Sus.), M.Sc.(Calif., Davis), Ph.D.(Cornell)
Jessica Head; B.Sc.(McG.), Ph.D.(Ott.) – Ecotoxicology
Cynthia Kallenback; B.Sc.(Sonoma St.), M.Sc., M.Sc.(Calif., Davis), Ph.D.(N. Hamp.)
Melissa McKinney; B.Sc.(Br. Col.), M.Sc.,(Windsor), Ph.D.(Car.)
Denis Roy; B.Sc.(Qu.), M.Sc., Ph.D.(Windsor)
Associate Member
Christopher Barrington (School of Environment)
David Green (Redpath Museum)
Adjunct Professors
Asim Biswas
Kimberly Fernie
Charles W. Greer
Baoluo Ma
Christopher Solomon
Affiliate Member
Geoffrey Sunahara
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2019-2020 (last updated May. 17, 2019) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences—2019-2020 (last updated May. 17, 2019) (disclaimer)