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Members of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences are involved in conducting world class research funded by national and international granting agencies.

Research activities include laboratory and fieldwork based projects in addition to theoretical and high performance computing focused studies. The training of highly qualified physical scientists is a key mission within the department and interested graduate school applicants are encouraged to contact appropriate departmental faculty members.

Departmental research activities focus on chemistry, environmental science and planetary physics.

G. Arhonditsis Aquatic biogeochemical modelling & plankton ecology
P. Artymowicz Origin and evolution of planetary systems
M. Dittrich Microorganism-Mineral Interactions,Geomicrobiology, Biogeochemistry
J. Donaldson Atmospheric and Physical Chemistry
N. Eyles The last 4 billion years; Earth’s glacial history
R. Fulthorpe Microbial Ecology
W. Gough Climate change, meterology and ocean modelling
K. Howard Groundwater research
M. Isaac Agroecology; Plant-soil interactions; Biogeochemical cycling; Environment and Development
A. Izmaylov Theoretical Physical Chemistry
K. Kerman Analytical and Biological Chemistry
N. Klenk Environmental governance and science in society
B. Kraatz Bioinorganic and Biological Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Bioanalytical Chemistry, & Water Contamination
J.Lowman Mantle convection and planetary interior dynamics
A. Martin Agriculture and climate change; agroecology; plant ecology; plant functional traits
K. Menou Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics: accretion flows, stars and planets; Extrasolar Planets: atmospheres, habitability and orbital dynamics
C. Mitchell Hydrology, biogeochemistry, mercury and metals cycling
H. Rein Planet formation, stochastic processes, planet migration, celestial mechanics, Saturn's rings, N-body codes, hydrodynamics, code development and high performance computing
A. Simpson Analytical environmental chemistry
M. Simpson Molecular Biogeochemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Metabolomics
R. Sullan Biophysical Chemistry; Mechano-microbiology
L. Tozer Climate change and energy transition governance
D. Valencia The characterisation of the low-mass planets: super-Earths and mini-Neptunes
F. Wania Environmental organic chemistry
M. Wells Environmental fluid dynamics
X.A. Zhang Biological, organic and bioinorganic chemistry; molecular imaging



Researchers at UTSC have access to the Environmental NMR Centre which is a unique and cutting-edge facility solely dedicated to the molecular analysis of complex environmental samples.