Current Students


Adam Morgan 

PhD Student in Environmental Science


Adam completed his MES at the University of Waterloo and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto Scarborough climate lab. Adam’s research interests lie at the intersection of the social and physical sciences. His research focuses on mental health and environmental impact assessment with a strong focus on air quality, climate change, adaptation, vulnerability, and the socio-economic determinants of mental health. He hopes to use his research to better understand the mental health impacts of climate change so that stronger measures can be taken to increase adaptive capacity in vulnerable populations.







Taylor Tabobondong

PhD Student in Environmental Science


Taylor completed his H.B.Sc and M.Env.Sc at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences in the UTSC Climate Lab. Taylor’s research is focused on understanding the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities and cultures in Northern Canada.





Qun (Benny) Xie

PhD Student in Environmental Science

Benny is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physical and Environmental Science, University of Toronto Scarborough. His research goal is to seek a better understanding of how Great Lakes ice cover shapes the regional weather and climate over a broad spectrum of temporal and spatial scales and to model the future of lake ice conditions and regional climate change in the Great Lakes region, and their impacts on the shipping industry.







Raul Salas Reyes

PhD Candidate in Environmental Science

Raúl Salas is working on his PhD in Environmental Science at the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences of the University of Toronto, Scarborough. Raúl holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, at Scarborough and a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, in Mexico. Raul has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. His PhD research focuses on the operationalisation of the Paris Agreement and the science-policy interfaces behind Article 4 and Article 13. Raul also works as a consultant to assist governments and businesses on topics relevant to GHG emissions inventories, measuring, reporting and verification (MRV), and climate change policy.



Raúl’s other publications:

  • Mach, K.J., Salas Reyes, R., Pentz, B. et al. (2021). News media coverage of COVID-19 public health and policy information. Humanit Soc Sci Commun 8, 220.
  • Salas Reyes, R., Nguyen, V.M., Schott, S., Berseth, V., Hutchen, J., Taylor, J., and Klenk, N. (2021). A Research Agenda for Affective Dimensions in Climate Change Risk Perception and Risk Communication. Front Clim



Megan Sheremata

PhD Candidate in Environmental Science
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Research Interests: Cumulative impacts of environmental change, Linking Indigenous and scientific knowledge in environmental research and decision-making, Inuit knowledge of Arctic environments

I study Inuit knowledge of environmental change. I am currently working with Inuit communities of Nunavut and Nunavik in the eastern Hudson Bay region to document Inuit knowledge of the cumulative impacts of environmental change, from the development of the James Bay hydroelectric project, which began in the late 1970s, to the present day. I am interested in learning how Inuit knowledge can be mobilized so that researchers and policy-makers may better support local communities in environmental governance. My research relies on community-led and trans-disciplinary research methods, and I strive to work within the key principles of respect, reciprocity, and relationality of an Indigenous research paradigm.

Megan’s other publications:

  • Sheremata et al. (December 2018). Inuit knowledge of ringed seals as indicators of salinity change in southeastern Hudson Bay. Poster presented at Arctic Net Annual Scientific Meeting 2019.
  • Megan Sheremata. (2018). Relational values in the era of rapid environmental change in the Inuit Nunangat. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 35, 75-81.
  • Megan Sheremata, Lucassie Arragutainaq, Peter Paul Cookie, Annie Novalinga, Perty Tookalook, Aali Naluktaruk, Joel Heath, Gita Ljubicic, and William Gough. 2017. Fifty Years of Change: Inuit observations of the cumulative impacts of environmental change in eastern Hudson Bay. Poster presented at the Arctic Change International Scientific Meeting (Arctic Net), Québec City, Québec, Dec 12 – 17. Winner of the 2017 Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s ‘Inuit Partnership of Excellence Award’



Slawomir Kowal

PhD Candidate in Environmental Science

I completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and Geography at the University of Toronto in Scarborough. I then earned my M.Sc. in Physical Geography at the University of Toronto with a focus on the Temporal and Spatial Evolution of Hudson Bay Sea Ice between 1971 to 2011. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD by researching the Temporal and Spatial Evolution of Sea Ice in four regions of the Canadian Arctic between 1971 to 2017.

The current PhD research endeavour seeks to provide valuable insight into the overall behaviour of sea ice in key Arctic regions, the major factors influencing its spatial distribution and its changes, the geographical nature of its breakup, freeze-up and ice free season profiles as well as the degree (or rate) to which they change over time, and whether the accelerating trends in the 3 metrics, evidenced in Hudson Bay from my previous work, also hold true in other crucial regions of the Arctic.

As documented in a multitude of studies, the Arctic region is very sensitive to climate warming and as a result, it is experiencing an
increase in air temperature at twice the rate as compared with the rest of the world since about the 1950s as a result of the ice albedo feedback mechanism. Consequently, changes to sea ice patterns, ice extent and ice thickness has been well documented through a wide variety of studies which attribute the cause to anthropogenically driven global warming that has taken place since the beginning of the Industrial revolution. As a result, the arctic region is an ideal location to study the direct effects of climate warming upon the natural environment. In order to achieve this goal, three large regions of the Arctic (Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait and Foxe Basin), as well as one localized area (the water bodies surrounding Arctic Bay, Nunavut), were chosen in order to study the effects of climate
change, on the spatial patterns and temporal distribution of sea ice, on a regional and local scale.



Cristian Ches

PhD Candidate in Geography