Dr. Wellen is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University. Chris is an environmental scientist whose work focuses on the intersection of hydrology and biogeochemistry in human dominated environments. His work has focused on agricultural, urban, and surface mined areas, but the essential questions are typically: How do natural processes and human modifications to a watershed interact to transport water and materials? What are the effects on instream and downstream ecosystems, and how are these effects likely to change in the future?
Dr. Wellen received a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2013 focusing on comparing the phosphorus export dynamics of urban and agricultural watersheds. His postdoctoral work at McMaster University focused on the role of surface mining in affecting selenium release from watersheds. His subsequent postdoctoral work at the University of Waterloo focused on improving the numerical analysis of watershed data from agricultural systems. Dr. Wellen received an MSc in GIScience from McGill University and a BSc in Water Environments and Ecosystems from McGill University’s School of the Environment.
Melisa Luymes Research Associate
Mel is leading the Agri-Model project, an effort to document the current land use and management decisions made by farmers across the Province of Ontario. To learn more about the project visit www.agri-model.com and see more of Melisa work at www.headlands.ca.
Sanjay Rasiah Honours Student, Research Assistant Sanjay's research examines the dynamics of cold regions hydrology. It specifically focuses on predictive modelling in which the impact of agricultural stewardship and drainage infrastructure can be observed in relation to nutrient concentrations.
Jung Lee Research Technician Jung's work focuses largely on supporting the development of a regional scale hydrological and water quality model of the agricultural portions of Southern Ontario. Additional work focuses on the logistics associated with the coordination of a research laboratory.
Sammy Tangir Research Assistant Sammy recently graduated from the Environment and Urban Sustainability (EUS) program. Sammy assists the group in the field and lab, collecting water samples, preparing, organizing data, putting together this website and assisting where needed.
Alexander Pardy Honours Student, Research Assistant Alex’s MSA work is focused on understanding long term change in agricultural landuse and land management in Ontario using GIS.